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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

High school graduates 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 their 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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