Engage with your favorite subject

August 10–14, 2020 | Experience Ivy League life and the vibrancy of New York City.

 "I loved the program! It was very intense, but enjoyable. I will remember my professor and friends."
  – Rohan J. | Basking Ridge, New Jersey


Spend a week studying, making friends, and experiencing college life on Columbia University’s beautiful campus.

  • Engage in rigorous coursework, refining your understanding of a subject in which you have a deep interest.
  • Study under the direction and guidance of instructors who are experts in their fields.
  • Meet other bright, high-achieving students with similar interests.
  • Attend programs designed to prepare you for college and the college admissions process.
  • Choose from a variety of co-curricular activities.
  • Earn an evaluation letter from your instructor and a Columbia University Statement of Completion.

Founded in 1986, Columbia University's Program for High School Students offers high-achieving students the opportunity to study on Columbia University's Ivy League campus and enjoy the vibrancy of collegiate life. Students refine their academic skills while engaging in activities and workshops to help prepare them for college.

The One-Week Immersion Program is open to students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college. It combines academic rigor and instructional excellence with lively extracurricular offerings and careful supervision and support.

Participants select one curricular option for an in-depth examination of a specific subject area. Classes meet twice each day for two-hour sessions. Students learn by engaging directly with the subject matter through activities such as class discussions, labs, debates, simulations, workshops, assigned readings, and individual and group projects.

Outside of class, students participate in a variety of extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including college preparedness programming, community outreach and awareness activities, and special lectures on various topics of interest. Program participants also eat together every afternoon in the campus café (lunch is provided).

Through a combination of academic immersion and engaging extracurricular activities, students are allowed to explore their passions and hone skills that will help them succeed in college and beyond.

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. Housing is not available for this program.