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Saturdays and/or Sundays • Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Through the Academic Year Immersion program, high schoolers will prepare for the college experience through exploratory coursework and community activities over ten weekends this fall and spring.

  • Fall 2020: Oct. 17–Dec. 20, 2020
  • Spring 2021: Jan 16–Mar 21, 2021

As a program participant, you will:

  • Differentiate yourself with a Columbia Certification of Participation and personalized evaluation letter
  • Delve into academic interests
  • Build a community of lifelong connections
  • Participate in world-class co-curricular activities

This highly selective program is open to academically exceptional high school students, grades 9–12.

“The extracurricular activities were really interesting, and were great in that they allowed me to learn a little about other fields in a short class. … I think I've gained a better understanding of what I want to pursue in my future, and have also gained the basics of a field I'm incredibly interested in.”
– Sydney G., Summer 2020 participant

Program highlights
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1–4 Class Course Load

Students select between one and four courses per semester, in relation to overall responsibilities, for an exploratory examination of different subject areas.

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10 Weeks of Remote Instruction

Columbia’s proven online model brings Ivy League education into the homes of bright, high-achieving students.

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Convenient 2-hour Class Length

Students can choose between courses offered in two-hour sessions on Saturdays or Sundays, in either the morning or afternoon.

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Over 40 Courses to Choose From

Select courses in subject areas ranging from expository writing to understanding blockchain, taught by experts in those fields.

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Engaging Activities

Activities are offered daily before morning courses and during the break between morning and afternoon classes.

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A Global Community of Scholars

Meet and engage with fellow students and instructors from all around New York City, across the United States, and all over the world.



The program is open to students in grades 9 through 12. Students must be currently enrolled in school upon applying.