Enroll in an intensive pre-college course, designed to challenge and engage high-achieving students in a supportive environment.

  • Choose from over 70 courses in a dozen subject areas.
  • Study alongside a cohort of like-minded students from all over the world.
  • Experience college life while discovering one of the world's great cities.
  • Attend college success events to prepare for the academic rigors of university life.
  • Earn a Columbia University Certification of Participation and an instructor evaluation.

"I took a course that I absolutely loved; I made new friends from around the world; and I had access to a sprawling campus in the heart of a beautiful city."
– Lena K. | Brooklyn, New York

Established in 1986, Columbia University's Summer Program for High School Students offers high-achieving students the opportunity to experience college life in the Ivy League while enjoying the vibrancy of New York City. Open to students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college, the program combines academic rigor and instructional excellence with lively extracurricular offerings and careful supervision and support.

Participants select one curricular option per session for an in-depth examination of a specific subject area. Classes meet twice each day for two-hour sessions where students refine their academic skills through a variety of activities—class discussions, debates, simulations, individual and group projects, and more. Read more about our unique academic experience.

Outside of class, students participate in a variety of extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including college preparedness programming, community outreach and awareness activities, special interest clubs, and special lectures on various topics of interest.

Students in the residential program have access to a wide array of cultural excursions into New York City, led by trained Resident Advisors. Students also engage in on-campus evening and weekend activities curated to provide students with a vibrant residential life experience.

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The program is open to students entering grades 9 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall. Students must be currently enrolled in school upon applying.