Pre-College Training

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Our Pre-College program is for high-school students (Grades 9-12) who want to sharpen their knowledge and skills in the areas of climate change and sustainability.

The programs will help participants build important skills, advance their learning outside of school, and prepare for the college experience. These workshops are excellent supplements to classroom learning and will help students develop important skills needed in the 21st century workforce.

All participants will join a supportive Columbia University community and learn from and network with world-renowned instructors who are experts in their fields.

All offerings are structured around real-time conversations, hands-on activities, and project-based learning in order to provide participants with an introduction to real-world research, ideas, and solutions.

Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of participation from the Earth Institute, Columbia University.

Fall 2020 Offerings

Box with text: "Let the Youth Lead October 2020 with experts from the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4)" with image of person holding a globe in green outline

Spark your inner activist through this experiential workshop, designed for students who want to lead social change. The workshop will introduce learners to approaches and methods used in the field of sustainable development, such as conflict resolution and peace building, which will support and further develop the role of students as change agents. 

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Tinker and build in this maker workshop where you’ll build your very own state-of-the-art yet low-cost CO2 sensor and learn about hardware and software tools used for collecting data on carbon dioxide emissions! You’ll also gain insight into why it’s so important to be able to quantify CO2 emissions in different environments.


September Info Session: Hear directly from the instructors and learn about our fall 2020 offerings.

About Our Programs

The schedule of the sessions are flexible. Participants will receive 15 hours of instruction for each workshop, with additional time for independent reading and reflection. Due to COVID-19, all offerings are currently online. Stay tuned for information about in-person offerings in the future.

Any person in grades 9-12 is eligible to sign up for the pre-college program.

Fall 2020 fees are currently discounted at $1,199.99 per offering (normally $1,499.99).

Reduced rates are available for:

Columbia affiliates (30%): Valid for any Columbia affiliate, including students whose parents/guardians are CU employees. 

Title 1 School students (35%)

Please inquire about these reduced rates at Documentation will be required to prove eligibility for reduced rate categories.

Prerequisites will vary depending on the offering. All offerings are currently only offered in English language.

There are no scholarships currently available.

Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us ( at least 10 days in advance of the start date.

Please review the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website for more information on the Earth Institute's commitment and important resources.

For questions, comments or feedback, please email