The Student Experience

A Rich Academic and Social Experience

“I’ve made friends from all over the world and have learned materials that have broadened my view on the world and diversity. ”
Jun T. | Bellevue, Washington

Students take part in intensive classes every morning and afternoon and are able to participate in daily recreational, co-curricular, and community outreach programs during the midday break and in the early evening.


Students choose one curricular option. Each curricular option comprises a variety of related components that provide an in-depth and interactive examination of a particular subject. Courses typically meet for approximately two hours each morning and two hours every afternoon, Monday through Friday.

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Columbia University Statement of Completion and evaluations written by their teachers; see program policies for further details.

Courses are taught by members of the Columbia University community, scholars devoted to the highest standards of research and teaching. Combining their efforts with those of trained and experienced course assistants, the teachers create a rich academic experience drawing on the wealth of educational resources at Columbia University and in New York City. Teacher biographical information is available at the bottom of each course description page.

Activities & Campus Resources

Recreational and co-curricular activities are offered daily during the midday break. These include college preparedness programs, special lectures given by program instructors, community outreach and awareness projects, and special interest clubs.

Campus resources include a student activities center, 25 libraries that hold over 9 million volumes, computer clusters and labs throughout the campus, on-campus cafés and lounges, and a student services office.

Engaged highschool students in classroom

Students going down walking down steps on campus