Founded in 1987, Columbia University's Summer Program for High School Students offers high-achieving students an intensive and collaborative experience of college life in the Ivy League and the vibrancy of New York City.

experience the international
campus life of

An immersive experiential learning experience. Students live and study with high-achieving peers from over 75 countries, gaining independence and a potent awareness of social and cultural realities across the planet.

experience the
academic rigor and
excellence of

Students engage deeply with their favorite subjects in business, law, the arts, humanities and the physical, biological and social sciences while collaborating with a global cohort of bright and talented classmates.

Experience a
challenging inquiry
into a favorite

This week-long commuter program combines a deep investigation of favorite subjects with college readiness seminars meant to introduce students to university life and the college application process.


With programming open to students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college, the program combines academic rigor and instructional excellence with lively extracurricular offerings and careful supervision and support.

Whether part of the Academic Immersion program or the Campus Immersion residential program, students become part of the Columbia University community and gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential.

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“The summer program at Columbia gave me opportunities to meet talented individuals from all over the world, explore all the beauty of New York City, understand more clearly what I want to pursue in college, and make lasting memories."celine lee, 2015