Living on Campus
Our program combines rigorous coursework, cultural and social engagement, a residential community, and the opportunity to live in New York City on Columbia University’s tranquil 36-acre enclosed campus. More than half of program participants live on campus. The residential student community is over 60% international, with students hailing from 70. countries and 45 U.S. states.
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-hr 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.
Columbia has exceptional instructors, and students have the chance to learn even more from them outside the classroom. In our Faculty Lecture Series, instructors will speak on a range of interesting topics based on their expertise, such as “The Art of Negotiation,” or “Selling Ketchup Popsicles to People in White Gloves: How to Market Anything to Anyone.” Students can also perfect their essay skills in writing workshops and limited individual writing sessions.