Why Choose Columbia Engineering?

Students are the best ones to answer that question. Read what students like Judy Kim (right) have to say about their experiences at Columbia Engineering. See also the new publications from the Columbia University Office of Undergraduate Admissions: Columbia Engineering Plus and Columbia Blue. Both viewbooks are in PDF form.


Watch a photo gallery of the Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium and Fair. Students who participated in summer research programs at Columbia, other domestic universities, and internationally, had the opportunity to showcase their work at the event held Sept. 27.


Watch junior Angel Say talk about what it's like to be a student at Columbia Engineering. Watch more video profiles of students and departments or click the links below to learn more about individual departments.

Engineering has been called the newest liberal art. At Columbia Engineering, students not only study science and mathematics and gain technical skills but also study literature, philosophy, art history, music theory, and major civilizations through the Core Curriculum in the humanities.

Students are encouraged to consider the wide range of possibilities open to them, both academically and professionally. To this end, the first and second years of the four-year undergraduate program comprise approximately 66 semester points of credit that expose students to a cross-fertilization of ideas from different disciplines within the University. The sequence of study proceeds from an engagement with engineering and scientific fundamentals, along with humanities and social sciences, toward an increasingly focused training in the third and fourth years designed to give students mastery of certain principles and arts central to engineering and applied science.

Whether you want to become a professional engineer, working in industry or government, or plan to pursue a career in the physical and social sciences, medicine, law, business, or education, Columbia Engineering will provide you with an expansive, global education marked by research opportunities and a concern for the common good. It is an education for the real world—an enlightened approach to engineering as part of a web of larger concerns: social and economic, political and cultural.

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