Pre-College Training

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“The pre-college workshops were extremely valuable and eye-opening for me as a high school learner. The instructors were wonderful and motivated my learning.”
- Pre College Workshop Participant

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.

Spring 2021 Offerings

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Saturdays April 2021 | Through this workshop, participants will build strong media literacy skills to communicate important science information, particularly surrounding climate change. Participants will practice with the tools available for communication, and discuss how these tools can be utilized to participate in either climate activism, or climate reporting.

Learn about the spring 2021 pre-college program offerings, and meet the instructors!

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.

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 or CU alums.

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