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.

No, all applications must be completed by the student.

Pay close attention to what the question asks. Please answer all three essay questions on the 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 by your application deadline. Priority deadline is February 15 and the regular deadline is March 30 respectively; during the rolling admissions period you should ask your teacher to submit it as soon as possible.

Yes, there will be a wait-list. We will notify applicants of their status (admitted, wait-listed, etc.) in early April.

Admission decisions will be announced in mid April.

All applicants must submit all material by 11:59pm EST on Friday, March 30, 2018. After this date, there is a rolling admissions period based on availability.

There is a $50 application fee.

Tuition

You will pay the deposit by check and tuition online. All information on payments will be provided after admission.

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 toward tuition. The remaining tuition balance will be due at a later date indicated in the admissions letter. The deposit is non-refundable.

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 June 25 - July 13 and Session 2 is July 16 -August 3. During each session, students will choose:

  1. One course 
  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 students to interact and collaborate on projects during electives time.

We admit 200+ students in the program based on availability in each course.

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.