Columbia University’s Online Immersion For High School Students

  Last modified on April 18th, 2020

Columbia University has offered an online immersion summer program to outstanding high school students since 1986. This year, as always, new courses have been added. What’s also new is that for the first time, what were two three-week residential sessions, along with the one-week programs, are all online because of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Sadira Bacchus, whose job as a residential advisor has transitioned to an admissions coaching role, says prospective “students are happy the program is in place and that they will be able to take the courses they want online.”

The three-week residential and classroom integration with live NYC experiences will now only be available via virtual community outreach and awareness activities.


Online interactions and instruction demand a certain amount of competence with virtual technology, for both instructors and students. But, with most high school students pretty tech-savvy, and Columbia program faculty flexible about adapting their teaching approaches, the upcoming sessions look very appealing.

This appears to be an exceptional opportunity for families who can afford the tuition, and for students interested in a taste of college programing.

A sampling of an almost overwhelming range of courses taught by experts in their field, includes:

  • Introduction to Architectural Design and Theory
  • New York Experience: An Urban Case Study
  • Creating Television: Pitching, Writing, and Producing
  • Big Data, Machine Learning, and Applied Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Changing the World via Venture Creation
  • Human Rights in the 21st Century: Challenges in International Law and Advocacy
  • The Media and Politics in the United States

The program is open to students entering grades 9 through 12, and those entering their freshman year of college in the fall.

For general information about the program, application and admissions:, please visit this website.

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