Pre-College Programs

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Our Pre-College Summer Programs will expand your knowledge and prepare you to understand, analyze, and apply cutting-edge research to the complex problem of our changing climate. These programs are for high-school students (Grades 9-12 and motivated rising 9th graders) who want to sharpen their knowledge and skills in the areas of climate change and sustainability. 

The Columbia Climate School's Pre-College Summer Programs are offered in collaboration with Putney Student Travel, a family-run organization that has provided transformative travel programs for young people since 1951.


Feel free to contact our team with any questions you may have about the Pre-College opportunities. 


Watch our information session recordings to learn more about the Columbia Climate School's Summer 2024 Pre-College Program: The Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains

Each information session has invited guest speakers (listed below) to share about their involvement and experience in the programs. 

Guest Speakers:

Josh DeVincenzo, Senior Project Coordinator & Instructional Designer at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (Green Mountains Program

Laurel DiSera, Doctoral Student at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (Green Mountains Program)

Sienna LightmanColumbia Climate School in the Green Mountains 2023 Alumni

Guest Speaker: 

Sandra Goldmark, Climate Action Senior Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Engagement at the Columbia Climate School & Director of Campus Sustainability & Climate Action at Barnard College (Green Mountains Program)

Kinan RamirezColumbia Climate School in the Green Mountains 2021 Alumni & Freshman at Columbia University 

Guest Speaker: 

Martin Dietrich Brauch, Lead Research at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (Green Mountains Program)

Ryan LoColumbia Climate School in the Green Mountains 2023 Alumni 

About Our Pre-College Programs

Our Pre-College program is for high-school students (Grades 9-12, and rising 9th grade students) 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.

All participants will join a supportive Columbia University community and learn from and network with instructors who are experts in their fields. Our 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 Columbia Climate School.


Have questions about the Columbia Climate School Pre-College Academic Year Online Workshops or Summer Programs? 
Email us at [email protected]