Great Courses. Great Campus. Great City.

Session 1: June 29–July 17, 2020 | Session 2: July 21–August 7, 2020

“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


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

  • Spend three weeks studying at Columbia University
  • 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 evaluation letter from your instructor.

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. Students learn by engaging directly with the subject matter through activities such as class discussions, labs, debates, simulations, workshops, studios, 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, 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.

The Summer Program provides a rich and demanding academic experience, but it is also an opportunity for students to enjoy the summer on Columbia's tranquil campus, make new friends, get a taste of college life, and explore New York City in a supervised setting.

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 only open to students who will be 16 years of age or older by the start of the program.