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. This fall, the Columbia Engineering Experience will be offered virtually. Admission remains highly selective. The application is available now and the deadline to apply is Monday, August 31Please note that all students who apply to CE2 will receive a fee waiver in the general application process, no matter the CE2 decision. 

Apply to the Columbia Engineering Experience here

This fall, Columbia Engineering will offer two sessions of the Columbia Engineering Experience with exclusive virtual programming designed for high school seniors who are interested in engineering. Each session will include three to four hours of live, interactive programming on two weekends, as well as recorded content from Columbia faculty, staff and students to explore during the week. Events for each session will be held over the following dates:

  • Session A: Saturday, September 19 - Saturday, October 3

  • Session B: Saturday, October 3 - Saturday, October 17

Students selected for the program will participate in Session A or Session B based on capacity and student preference.

All live events will take place via Zoom and will be interactive. We expect students to come prepared to ask questions and be on camera, whenever possible. Please note that this programming is exclusively for students who have been selected for the program.

Highlights of the virtual Columbia Engineering Experience (CE2) will include:

  • World-class faculty and research: Learn from and ask questions with members of Columbia’s renowned faculty, including an introduction from Mary C. Boyce, Dean of Engineering.

  • 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. 

  • Exclusive career and entrepreneurship opportunities: Hear from Columbia Engineering alumni, including alumni of the Columbia Engineering Experience.

  • The NYC advantage: Learn about the cultural, professional, research and intellectual opportunities at our doorstep.

  • 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 

Applications can be found here. 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!