At this time, we plan to hold our 2022 New York City Immersion programs as scheduled and are excited to welcome students to campus.
Admission to the Programs for High School Students is selective. The admissions committee looks for academically exceptional students who are eager to contribute original ideas and a spirit of intellectual curiosity to a community of highly motivated learners.
The Summer Immersion program is open to domestic or international students currently enrolled in grades 8 through 12.
Courses frequently fill up before the application deadline, so students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and will not be reviewed until all application materials have been submitted.
Priority course selection is given to students who apply by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
Students applying for financial aid must submit all documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
All applications and application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
All applications and application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
Please expand each step and carefully read this information which explains our enrollment process in detail.
Students may participate in multiple sessions. Please review the possible session combinations to determine your desired program.
- (R1) 3 Weeks - Session 1: June 27 - July 15, 2022 (June 26 move-in)
- (R2) 3 Weeks - Session 2: July 19 - August 5, 2022 (July 18 move-in)
- (R3) 6 Weeks - Sessions 1 & 2: June 27 - August 5, 2022
- (C1) 3 Weeks - Session 1: June 27 - July 15, 2022
- (C2) 3 Weeks - Session 2: July 19 - August 5, 2022
- (C3) 1 Week - Session 3: August 8 - August 12, 2022
- (C4) 6 Weeks - Sessions 1 & 2: June 27 - August 5, 2022
- (C5) 4 Weeks - Sessions 1 & 3: June 27 - July 15 and August 8 - August 12, 2022
- (C6) 4 Weeks - Sessions 2 & 3: July 19 - August 5 and August 8 - August 12, 2022
- (C7) 7 Weeks - Sessions 1, 2, & 3: June 27 - August 12, 2022
- Review the application requirements and discuss the program with your parent or legal guardian.
- Decide which session(s) you will apply to.
- Determine who will recommend you and notify your recommender.
- Write your essay and gather your academic transcript.
- Select your program modality and session(s). You should plan to enroll in all sessions you select on the application. Modality and session changes after applying are not guaranteed approval.
- Enter all requested information in the online application form.
- Ensure all required materials are uploaded, and all student and parent signatures are completed.
- Pay the $80 application fee.
- Only applications complete with all required materials will be reviewed. You can view the status of your application within the application system.
- The Admissions Committee will review your application for admission to the program. You will be notified by email if any materials must be resubmitted.
- Within 3–5 weeks of your application being complete, you will receive an email notifying you when the decision is ready to be viewed within the application system.
- If you are admitted into the program, please discuss the decision with your parent or legal guardian and review the program costs.
- Submit the enrollment form within the application system, and pay your non-refundable deposit which will be credited towards the program cost.
- Learn how to register for a course following the instructions provided in your decision letter and complete the course registration process.
- Space in courses is limited. Students may check up-to-date, real-time enrollment numbers for any course by clicking on the Call Number on a course’s description page. This will bring you to Columbia's Directory of Classes, where you can see live enrollment details.
- Regularly check the email you used for your application for information about registration, billing, and next steps.
Though there are no set minimum requirements such as a particular GPA, the application materials should establish that the student has the necessary academic background and level of ability, motivation, and maturity necessary to be an active participant in the courses and co-curricular activities.
We do not accept applications submitted on the applicant's behalf by parents, guardians, or third parties; the application should be submitted directly by the student. Communications from our Office of Admissions will be sent primarily to the student.
International students who are proficient in English are welcome to apply to the program. While applicants are not required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, students' English proficiency should be equivalent to 90 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL or at least 6.5 on the IELTS.
International students should be aware that participation in the Program for High School Students does not constitute the basis for securing a student visa. Past participants have had success in obtaining Visitor (B) visas to participate in our program because the program comprises a short recreational course of study and is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate. Information on the U.S. Department of State’s policy on short periods of recreational study is available here.
Applications and supporting materials (application fees, the personal essay, unofficial transcripts, and letter(s) of recommendation) should be submitted through the online application.
All materials submitted by mail should clearly bear the program name, applicant's name, applicant's date of birth and, if available, Columbia University ID number. We strongly encourage students to upload all materials directly to their application or to email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org as it will expedite the admissions process.
Applications are not considered complete until all required materials have been received. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
Current 8th and 9th grade students must supply their most recent report card. All institutions attended must be listed in the Academic History section of the online application.
Current 10th–12th grade students must supply their final transcript for grades 9–12 plus their most recent report card for the current school year. All institutions attended must be listed in the Academic History section of the online application.
Applicants must submit a transcript for the US equivalent of grades 9-12. We require grades starting 4 full academic years before your anticipated high school graduation date.
Transcripts must be in English or come with an official translation. International students not graded according to the U.S. grading system should provide a grading key with the transcript. Applicants are recommended to use NACES for such services.
Transcripts must come in PDF format as provided by your school. PDF downloads of unofficial transcripts from student portals can be accepted only if they clearly show your full name, your school’s name, the full name of all courses taken, and all grades achieved in those courses.
If you are unable to obtain an unofficial copy of your transcript, please request to have an official copy sent from your school. It should be sent from a school official’s professional email to email@example.com. It can also be mailed to our office at the address listed on this page. Note that mailed documents can take several weeks to be processed.
Falsification, forgery, any misrepresentation of any type will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment.
In 600 words or less, please respond to one of the following essay prompts:
- Option 1. Tell us about a topic or social issue for which your opinion has changed. How has your change in perspective influenced your actions?
- Option 2. Tell us about a time when things didn’t go as you had planned. What difficulties did you face? How did you deal with them? What did you learn from the experience?
For more information on recommendation letter requirements, please see below.
Applicants must submit a letter written by an instructor who teaches in a field closely related to the applicant's curricular preferences. The letter must describe the student's qualification to engage in concentrated study:
Current 8th grade students must supply a recommendation from a middle school teacher.
Current 9th-12th grade students must supply a recommendation from a current teacher in their high school.
Applicants must submit a letter written by an academic advisor, guidance counselor, principal, or headmaster who works at their current school, commenting on the student's intellectual ability, level of maturity, and motivation.
Mailing AddressPrograms for High School Students
Office of Admissions
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Submitting Official Transcripts
Official transcripts being submitted via email should be sent by a school official to firstname.lastname@example.org.