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Maximize your college experience and unleash your full potential.

College Edge is a two-term program that prepares exceptional high school graduates for the world’s highest academic levels, giving them an edge over their college peers.

Student Benefits

Academic Excellence

  • Hundreds of Columbia University college courses in nearly 100 subject areas taught by Columbia University faculty

  • Transferrable academic credit and an official Columbia transcript for all successfully completed coursework

One-on-One Support

  • Individualized advising to tailor your study to your specific academic goals

  • Specialized mentoring to achieve your full potential at the highest academic levels

An Enriched Worldview

  • A global network of peers

  • Special study-travel options outside the New York Metropolitan area

A Comprehensive College Experience

  • Activities inside and outside the classroom focused on a successful transition from high school to college

  • Dedicated student housing option with fellow College Edge students

  • Access to the University library system, computer labs, fitness center, writing center, and student organizations

Who Should Apply

The program is open to high school graduates. In order to participate in the residential option or any international Travel Study option, applicants must be 18 years of age or older by the start of the program. College Edge is ideal for students who:

  • are taking a gap year or bridge year who want to explore subjects of interest, or students with a natural two-term gap in their high school-to-college transition

  • want to enhance their college application to include a truly immersive college experience at an Ivy League institution

  • are preparing to enter the U.S. higher education system

Related options for recent high school graduates


3-Week Summer Immersion

Take an intensive course especially designed for outstanding high school students.

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College Credit Options

Attend Columbia University classes with undergraduate students.

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Summer Global Immersion

Live and study in Barcelona or Jordan for three weeks.

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