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Summer 2024 & Fall 2024 applications are now open.

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Our Pre-College programs are thoughtfully designed to help students succeed beyond the college application process. With options online and on campus, during the summer or academic year, you can learn the way that works best for you.

At Columbia, profound learning comes from both study and experience. Whether you join us on campus or online, you’ll enjoy fascinating courses taught by expert instructors as well as engaging co-curricular activities. You will discover insights, develop new skills, and grow a lifelong network that only the Columbia Experience can provide. Depending on the program selected, you will also earn college credit or receive a Columbia University Certification of Participation and teacher evaluation. This thorough and multi-faceted approach prepares you with knowledge, confidence, and credentials to set you apart far beyond the college application process.


Summer programs are an excellent way to continue your momentum once the academic year is complete. On-campus sessions are available beginning in late June, with online sessions beginning in early July.
Learn more about Summer programs.

Academic Year

Make the most of the school year with on-campus or online courses (including weekend options) beginning in September.
­­Learn more about Academic Year programs.

Special Programs

In addition to our regular credit and non-credit programs, we offer unique program options for students seeking more specialized opportunities.
Learn more about Special Programs.


Visit the Admissions page to review program requirements and deadlines, or start your application.

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The Columbia Experience

As New York State’s first university, rooted in one of the world’s most influential cities, Columbia University embodies both history and progress. Here, there is a similar duality in learning: study and experience.