Columbia Engineering Experience

Carlton LabColumbia University, one of the oldest and most culturally diverse schools in the country, is known for its distinctive approach to an engineering education. Columbia Engineers receive not only a first-class foundation in math, science and engineering, but are also educated in Columbia’s renowned liberal arts Core Curriculum. They learn from innovative and accomplished faculty in every field, surrounded by the brightest minds in the world. By combining technical expertise, socially responsible leadership and innovative entrepreneurship, Columbia Engineers go on to improve the world locally, nationally and globally. We call this Engineering for Humanity.

Each fall, Columbia Engineering offers a free selective program designed for high school seniors who are interested in learning about our unique engineering education. Admission is highly selective. Please note that all students who apply to CE2 will receive a fee waiver in the general application process, no matter the CE2 decision. 

The application deadline for the 2021 Columbia Engineering Experience (CE2) was Thursday, September 9. 

This year, CE2 will be held virtually on Saturday, October 9, and Sunday, October 10, 2021. Highlights of CE2 will include:

  • World-class faculty and research: Learn from and ask questions with members of Columbia’s renowned faculty.

  • Inside look at life as a Columbia student: Work with an undergraduate student mentor, learn about campus life and hear from current students, including leaders from a variety of student organizations. 

  • The NYC advantage: Learn about the cultural, professional, research and intellectual resources at our doorstep including exclusive career and entrepreneurship opportunities.

  • Admissions 101: Participate in comprehensive college admissions and financial aid workshops and office hours conducted by members of the Columbia Admissions Committee.

CE2 is designed for high-achieving seniors who have:

  • Exemplary academic records, particularly in math and science. We strongly recommend that applicants have high school coursework in calculus and physics.
  • Sincere interest in pursuing an engineering education
  • Genuine appreciation for the educational value of diversity in all its forms

CE2 is designed to serve students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in engineering and applied science fields, including:

  • Low-income students
  • Underrepresented students of color
  • Students who will be the first generation in their family to attend college
  • Students from underserved and rural communities 

Students will be notified of their decision on Monday, September 27. Please email any questions about the Columbia Engineering Experience to us at

We hope you consider this unique opportunity to learn more about Columbia Engineering!