FAQs

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This program is open to all rising High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors who can commute daily to and from the Columbia Morningside campus. Students must demonstrate an interest in STEM.

Apply using our online application.

No, all applications must be completed by the student.

Pay close attention to what the question asks. Limit your responses to 300 words maximum per question. Do NOT answer all three questions. Only two essay responses will be evaluated when reviewing your application. Have a teacher or counselor proofread your essay for errors.

For the letter, ask either your science or math teacher at least three weeks in advance. Provide teachers with a resume and grades, too.

Teacher recommendation forms are due when the main application is due, 11:59pm March 31, 2017.

Yes, there will be a wait-list. We will notify applicants of their status (admitted, wait-listed, etc.) in the decision letter on April 14th.

Admission decisions will be announced on Friday, April 14, 2017.

All applicants must submit all material by 11:59pm EST on Friday, March 30, 2017. We will not accept any late applications.

There is no application fee.

Tuition

You will pay the deposit and tuition online. All information on payments will be provided in the admissions letter.

Yes, we offer need-based scholarships that cover the total cost of the program. For more information on how to apply, please visit our tuition and fees page.

No, students must provide their own transportation to and from Columbia.

The deposit will act as the first payment. The remaining balance will be due at a later date indicated in the admissions letter.

Courses and Programs

Sessions are three weeks long. Courses are engineering classes taught by faculty. Electives are skill-building seminars taught by post-doctoral researchers and professional staff. Labs are times and spaces dedicated to student projects. There are two sessions: Session 1 is July 3-21 and Session 2 is July 24-August 11. During each session, students will choose:

  1. One course (options: robotics or CS)
  2. One elective (options: research skills or entrepreneurship)
  3. One lab (options: MakerSpace or Mech-Tech Lab)

Yes, students may take both courses. Students must then apply to attend both 3-week sessions and indicate their preference for both sessions on the application. If taking both courses students will pay for both 3-week sessions.

Yes, students may choose either elective, Research Skills or Entrepreneurship, regardless of which course they are taking. Students will be enrolled in this elective for the full three weeks. We encourage robotics and CS students to interact and collaborate on projects during electives time.

We admit up to 60 students per 3-week session (120 students total).

This year we are offering a Robotics course and a Computer Science course. The program will offer other engineering courses in the future. Students can reapply next year for additional course offerings. Optional weekly field trips will introduce students to different engineering fields.

No, all students are expected to commute to the Columbia campus daily.

The meal plan covers lunch every day.

Yes, Columbia students will be assisting with the entire program. They will serve as TAs, take students on field trips, give campus tours and tips, and supervise student lab projects.

Not necessarily. Although we recommend that all applicants whenever possible spend some time on campus before applying, applicants who have attended a program on the Columbia campus are not given automatic preference in the admissions process.