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.

Whether in the U.S. or abroad, these programs combine pre-college enrichment and travel, taking you beyond the standard summer class model.


Watch our information session recordings to learn more about the Columbia Climate School's Summer 2023 Pre-College Programs: The Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains & the Columbia Climate Corp

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

December 7, 2022 Information Session

Peter Shumlin, 81st Governor of Vermont; Co-Director of Putney Student Travel 

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

Lisa Dale, Co-Director & Professor at Columbia University's Undergraduate Program on Sustainable Development (Alaska Program

January 10, 2023 Information Session
February 9, 2023 Information Session

Pre-College Spring 2023 Online Workshop Update

The Pre-College team is pausing our online offerings for for the spring 2023 semester. We are currently focusing on our Pre-College programs for summer 2023, including the Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains and the Columbia Climate Corps programs.

Feel free to contact our team with any questions you may have and we will share an update about our fall 2023 plans in the spring semester.

Past Pre-College Academic Year Online Offerings

Empowering You(th) for Climate Action (Spring 2022)
Spring 2022 Workshop
Climate, Communities, and Decision-Making (Fall 2021)
Fall 2021 Workshop
Communicating Climate Change  Like Your Life Depends on It (Spring 2021)
Spring 2021 Workshop
Out of Thin Air (Fall 2020)
Fall 2020 Workshop

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]