Program Costs

Tuition and fees for 2017 will be available by early January. The rates listed below are for summer 2016.

Campus Immersion Residential Program

Program Cost$10,645.00 per session

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Program Fee$10,500.00 per session

Includes course tuition, supervision, extracurricular programming, housing, and three meals per day, Monday through Friday. Students are expected to cover expenses such as weekend meals, personal items, and transportation and admissions fees for optional activities around the city. We recommend that participants have access to a minimum of $900.

Activities Fee$65.00 per session

Covers gym and student center access, computer lab use, midday extracurricular activities, and Columbia ID card.

Health Service Fee$80.00 per session

Grants access to Urgent Care at the University's Health Service facility during hours of operation. Fees for medicine and tests, if needed, are not included. The health service fee is not health insurance; all students are expected to have insurance coverage.

Application fee, lab fees, and course materials are not included in the program cost (see below).

Program costs for the Academic Immersion Commuter Program are available here.


Application Fee

Students are required to pay a nonrefundable $80.00 application fee.

Lab Fees

These fees are in addition to the costs listed above and cover expenses such as course-related equipment, facilities, and field trips. 

See all course-specific lab fees 

Beyond the Game: The Business of Sports$100.00

Biomedical Engineering: Physical Effects on Cells$125.00

Digital Filmmaking: From Initial Concept to Final Edit$175.00

Drawing: Eye and Idea$125.00

Explorations in Genetics and Molecular Biology$125.00

Intensive Seminars in Modern Chemistry$175.00

Introduction to Engineering: Harnessing the Energy of the Sun$175.00

Introduction to Materials Science and Nanotechnology$175.00

Issues in Conservation Biology$150.00

New York Experienced: An Urban Case Study$100.00

Painting Fundamentals: From Drawing into Paint$125.00

Photography: The Camera Craft$165.00

Survey of Modern Math$100.00

Theatrical Collaboration: The Actor, the Director, and the Playwright$150.00


Course Materials

Students should budget approximately $50 for books and course materials. Some curricular options may require additional materials (see below).

  • Students in Introduction to Architectural Design and Theory should budget approximately $200 for studio supplies.
  • Students are required to bring laptops for Corporate Valuation; Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Changing the World Via Venture Creation; Introduction to Programming in C; Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing; Sustainable Urbanization; Introduction to Computer Programming; and The Stock Market.
  • For Introduction to Business, Finance, and Economics, laptops are not required, but highly recommended.
  • For iPhone and iPad App Programming From the Ground Up, students are required to bring an Apple laptop and either an iPhone or iPad.
  • For Photography: The Camera Craft, students are expected to have their own 35mm SLR film cameras.

Deposit & Balance Due

In order to secure a place in the program, a $1,000.00 nonrefundable deposit, credited toward tuition, is due upon notification of acceptance to the program. A bill for the balance due will be issued to the student's Columbia University email address in early June (Session I) or late June/early July (Session II).

Financial Aid

Individual applications for financial aid are not accepted. Scholarships are awarded to students who have been identified by community organizations that work in collaboration with Columbia University Secondary School Programs. Students are advised to check with their guidance counselors for information on securing financial assistance from outside sources.


Prices are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.