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Visiting High School Students

Kickstart your college education and experience Columbia University in the City of New York through our rigorous pre-college academic programs. High school students from all grades are encouraged to apply. To request information about or to apply to a program, visit the Programs for High School Students website.

Visit the High School Programs Site 

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Earn College Credit through College Edge: Academic Year 

The College Edge: Academic Year program provides academically exceptional students in grades 11 or 12 to take courses with Columbia students and earn full college credit. The Academic Year option is open to high school students in grades 11 or 12 who live within commuting distance. The Gap Year (Two-Term) option is open to students who graduated from high school within the past two academic years. Learn more

Enhance Your College Application with College Edge: Summer Sessions 

The College Edge: Summer Sessions program is ideal for students who are seeking to enhance their college application or are preparing to enter the U.S. higher education system. It is open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or students in the first year of college in the fall, as well as those who graduated from high school within the past two academic years. Learn more.

Explore Your Favorite Subject Over the Summer

Summer Immersion: New York City (3-Week)

The Summer Immersion: New York City (3-Week) program offers high school students the opportunity to select from more than 70 courses for an in-depth exploration of a particular subject area. The program offers two three-week-long sessions, the first beginning in late June and the second starting in mid-July. Students can participate in one or both sessions. Students who will be 16 years of age or older by the start of the program may participate in the residential option. The commuter option is open to students entering grades 9 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall. Learn more.

Summer Immersion: New York City (1-Week)

The Summer Immersion: New York City (1-Week) program allows high-achieving high school students to engage in an intensive and in-depth examination of a specific subject area. The program takes place in August and is open to students who are entering grades 9 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall. Housing is not available for this program. Learn more