Commuting to Campus
Students enrolled in either our 1-week or 3-week program who are entering grades 9–12 and freshman year of college are eligible to commute to campus. About 40% of our program participants commute, where they still enjoy many campus resources. Students are encouraged to use their midday breaks to enjoy campus activities and events, relax, or explore the neighborhood with friends.
Students choose one curricular option per session. Courses typically meet for about four hours each day: two hours each morning and two hours every afternoon, Monday through Friday. Some courses meet for more than four hours per day—see individual course pages.
Student Life Activities
Safety and Supervision
We are committed to providing a learning environment that is at once unforgettably engaging and undoubtedly safe for all students, balancing the rights of the individual with the safety of all. Our Department of Public Safety provides many services, such as Columbia University EMS, 24-hour guard booths, safety escort programs, and more. We have carefully designed our community guidelines to help share awareness of potentially unsafe situations, how to remain safe, and resources available. To make certain that all of our students are familiar with these guidelines, we require students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) to review all university and program policies and sign the community agreement prior to attending any pre-college program.
Students in our 3-week and 1-week programs are eligible to commute to campus. Students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college are eligible to attend as commuter students.
All admitted commuter students must provide documentation as part of the enrollment process that they will live at a residence that includes direct adult supervision in the form of family members or family friends who will live in the same residence. Students must attest that they will not take unsupervised housing in the form of hotel rooms, Airbnb rentals, hostels or other such accommodation.