SHAPE consists of two, three-week summer sessions and students may attend one or both sessions. 

At this time, we are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2021. We encourage all that are eligible to apply next year.

The priority and scholarship deadline is March 25th, 2021 at 11:59pm. If you apply by this deadline, the $50 application fee will be waived. After the deadline, we will have rolling admissions based on availability.

We use the Columbia Graduate Engineering application system - if you see a Graduate Engineering header while looking for the application, don't worry! You are probably in the right place. If you are unsure, just ask by emailing [email protected].

While you are filling out the application, please reference the "SHAPE Application Instructions" page. There are details here that will help you work through the other sections. If you are asked to fill out information that does not apply to you (for example, you do not have a GPA), please estimate to the best of your ability. If you are unsure or want to clarify please email [email protected].

Admissions Requirements

  • Be rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors
  • Live commuting-distance to the Columbia University campus or be able to make independent lodging arrangements (This does not apply to the 2020 and 2021 virtual program)
  • Demonstrate academic achievement and interest in STEM subjects

Application Requirements

  • Student and parent/guardian personal information
  • Preferences for SHAPE session and course
  • Respond to all essay questions
  • Minimum 250 words, 500 words maximum
  • Essay prompts are provided in the online application
  • Copy of most recent high school transcript (submitted by teacher or counselor)
  • Letter of recommendation (submitted by a math or science teacher)
  • Resume (submitted by applicant)
  • Complete and submit the SHAPE application (including requests for transcripts and letters of recommendation, as well as the scholarship application if necessary) before 11:59 PM on the priority deadline (March 25, 2021). Rolling admissions if availability allows.
  • Please extend requests to your providers and submit your application as soon as you are ready. We will allow a grace period of one week after the deadline to receive supporting documents for each application. During rolling admissions, please ask your providers to upload supporting documents as soon as possible. We cannot review your application until it is complete.