Columbia Engineering

Since its founding in 1864, students and faculty at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (Columbia Engineering) have made remarkable contributions to technological and social progress, pushing the frontiers of knowledge and discovery to meet the needs of our global society. Our undergraduates join a community of engineers who are committed to upholding a legacy of Engineering for Humanity—working together to create a more sustainable, healthy, connected, secure and creative world.

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Where engineers learn to solve and to lead. 

Through an undergraduate course of study that features a strong engineering foundation with a liberal arts core, you’ll become a 21st century engineer, leader and innovator. Making the most of the dynamic community and extensive resources of a major research university, you’ll prepare to confront complex issues and find groundbreaking solutions to the grand challenges of our time.

Engineering Undergraduate Experience 

Hear from students and faculty about the engineering experience here at Columbia University, an educational experience, which begins with our philosophy of hands on experience in our Art of Engineering class and our famed Core Curriculum.

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Areas of study

Columbia Engineering students develop a powerful technical foundation, drawn from 17 exciting areas of study. And our undergraduate experience is further enriched by more than 20 liberal arts minors and more than 15 engineering minors.

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I came to Columbia so I could be an engineer who also was aware of social institutions and histories that shaped the world today. This enhances my knowledge of the world and makes me a more ethical engineer who can truly make the world a better place for all.

Hurst, TX
Computer Science, Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Minor in Sociology

Student Research Program 

There are many opportunities for Columbia Engineering students to be involved in research with faculty—on campus, during summer programs and abroad. No matter where they are, our undergraduate students make significant contributions to the research community, receive awards and prizes, are featured in the news and have research published. 

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Whether you engage with Columbia alumni, attend On-Campus Recruiting events or get professional guidance at the Center for Career Education, you will be set up for success.


Columbians have a community of support: learn about the network of advisers at Columbia that invests in your success both inside and outside the classroom

Global Experiences

Look at any aspect of our community and you'll see that our students are engaged both academically and experientially with the larger world—on campus, across our city and around the globe.


Whether pursuing an extraordinary job opportunity or an elite graduate program, Columbia students graduate prepared with the skills and knowledge to succeed—no matter what their next steps might be.