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“This is a place to allow yourself to shine outside of your daily life, to become more open-minded, independent, and mature." Imme Kobayashi, 2014
Now in its 29th year, Columbia University's New York City-based Summer Program for High School Students offers high-achieving students the opportunity to experience college life in the Ivy League while sampling the vibrancy of New York City. 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.
Participants elect one curricular option per session, either in the Junior-Senior Division or the Freshman-Sophomore Division. Each curricular option comprises a variety of related components that provide an in-depth examination of a particular subject.
Between classes, students choose among various extracurricular options such as organized sports on Columbia's beautiful campus and in nearby parks, excursions to local restaurants and places of interest, community outreach projects, organized discussions, and special events such as talks on the college application process and a college fair.
Students who live on campus have access to scores of optional excursions to attractions all over New York City as well as on-campus events such as talent shows, open mike nights, and dances. Residential students are carefully supervised by specially trained and selected resident advisers who look after their safety and general well-being. The program's code of behavioral standards is strictly enforced to ensure student safety.
The program is a chance for students to meet and form lasting friendships with bright, highly-motivated peers from all over the country and all over the world. Over a third of our students come from outside the United States.
The Summer Program is a rich and demanding academic experience, but it is also an opportunity for students to enjoy the summer on Columbia's tranquil campus, make new friends, get a taste of college life, and explore New York City in a supervised setting.
“I highly recommend [the program] to any high school student who wants to learn about a particular subject, get a feel for the college experience, and make great friends in the process." Nicolas Sanchez Lagunes, 2014