Columbia College does not offer any specific pre-professional majors, such as “pre-med” or “pre-law.” However, many students at Columbia aspire to professional fields and take courses, perform research and intern in order to better understand their anticipated careers. For undergraduates who hope to apply to medical school, law school or other professional schools, the Office of Pre-Professional Advising will assist students in applying and work with them throughout the application process.
Does Columbia provide funding for research?
Yes. In many instances professors can offer undergraduates slots as paid research assistants. Columbia’s SURF program provides funding for students over the summer if they wish to pursue research in biological and biomedical sciences.
Moreover, the Fellowships Office works with students to attain various fellowships and grants that can be used for research on- and off-campus. Visit our Research page to learn more about opportunities for undergraduate research.