GEC Summer School Campus

Columbia University

Campus Introduction

Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. It was established in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain.

The university is organized into twenty schools, including Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies. It has affiliations with several other institutions nearby, including Teachers College, Barnard College, and Union Theological Seminary, with joint undergraduate programs available through the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, University College London, Sciences Po, City University of Hong Kong, and the Juilliard School.

Columbia annually administers the Pulitzer Prize. Notable alumni and former students include five Founding Fathers of the United States; nine Justices of the United States Supreme Court; 20 living billionaires; 29 Academy Award winners; and 29 heads of state, including three United States Presidents. Additionally, 104 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Columbia as students, researchers, faculty, or staff. Columbia is second only to Harvard University in the number of Pulitzer Prize winning alumni and former students.

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Activities After School

In New York, students can use the Columbia University gym or walk only minutes to Riverside Park’s basketball, tennis, and soccer facilities, or to the wide open spaces of Central Park. They might jog along the Hudson River pathway, play speed chess in the open air, taste different cuisines at Smorgasburg, or participate in games and tournaments with fellow students. Other options might include joining a member of our staff for an expert tour of any of New York’s world class museums, or for a stroll through Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, Fifth Avenue, Governor’s Island, or to visit the top of the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center for truly spectacular views of Manhattan.

University Visits

The New York College Experience offers a full program of college visits. Groups of students travel, with program staff, on field trips to Yale, Princeton, and Brown. Additionally, all students have the option to attend private on-campus sessions we organize with representatives of New York University, Barnard College, and Columbia University. The students also participate in the Summer College Fair, hosted by Columbia University, where alumni, admissions officers, current students from over one hundred colleges and universities, and representatives from the Princeton Review and Kaplan, are on hand to answer questions and provide information and literature.


Computer Science and App Design



Finance and Business


International Business: Wall Street and the World

International Relations


Math and Engineering

Medical Science

Physics and the Future

Politics and Human Rights


Sports Business