Why Columbia Engineering?

One of the oldest and most distinguished engineering programs in the country, Columbia Engineering offers a unique experience of world-class faculty, hands-on research, challenging classes and programs, and opportunities to develop skills in entrepreneurship and design.

Engineering education at Columbia University offers a unique experience—NYC, the Columbia Campus, and an international atmosphere—not to mention world-class faculty and facilities

World-Class Faculty

As an undergraduate, you will have the opportunity to work with top faculty, both in the classroom and in the laboratory. Our more than 200 professors are engaged in pioneering research within and across disciplines.

Student Research

Learn more about how to get involved in research at Columbia Engineering. Opportunities exist for both semester-long and full-time summer research projects.

The Educational Experience

Columbia Engineering’s undergraduate program combines an unparalleled breadth and depth of majors and minors with extra- and co-curricular programming designed to foster leadership abilities and a problem-solving mindset. Students start designing engineering solutions in their first semester, take part in important research, and expand their thinking in Columbia’s legendary Core Curriculum. 

Students also benefit from supportive advisors and mentors who help guide their academic and career path. 

Opportunities for Entrepreneurship

Columbia Engineering's Entrepreneurship program support students, faculty, and alumni (from SEAS and across the university) at all stages of innovation and entrepreneurship activities. Resources include:

  • Competitions: Fast Pitch, SEAS Design Challenges (IoT, Water Quality), Hackathons (DevFest for software and Make CU for hardware), WE (Women in Entrepreneurship) Pitch, and Columbia Venture Competition
  • Grants: Translational Fellows Program,  cFUND Ignition
  • Mentorship: Hacker-in-Residence and Lawyer-in-Residence​
  • Physical Resources: Columbia Startup Lab and MakerSpace
  • Training Programs: Res  Inc. (UG), I-Corps (grad), PowerBridgeNY, Coulter, and LeanLaunchpad (offered by CBS)

Join Our Community

The connections you make here will last a lifetime, and link you to a range of opportunities that can help expand your perspectives, support your professional development, and build toward a fulfilling career.

Tap into the New York Advantage

Students live and learn in one of the world's most dynamic and global cities, with access to a wealth of internships, as well as mentors and job opportunities in prominent firms, innovative startups, and influential organizations.


Get the information you need about the undergraduate application process.