2020 Pre-College Programs
Two Week Institutes
June 27- July 11
Designed for fearless and inquisitive young women, SITI is perfect for students looking to develop their STEM skills in both lecture and laboratory settings. Using the city as a supplemental classroom, you’ll be able to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in motion by visiting job sites and liaising with city organizations. This program is designed to help students gain a better sense of the skills needed to excel in a STEM program at a top tier college. Students will also have the opportunity to conduct a small research project in collaboration with your peers and the program will end with a poster presentation of your original research.
June 27- July 11
ASII is an intensive boot camp that provides young women with the practical skills and knowledge they need to develop new ideas that will make a difference in the world. Working in small teams, you will be given the tools to create a new venture — start-up businesses, non-profit organizations, or advocacy campaigns — that has the power to disrupt accepted ways of doing things and creates lasting change. Students will hone their leadership skills by attending workshops on topics ranging from marketing products to financial fluency, site visits to NYC startups, and sessions with Barnard speaking fellows to improve their storytelling abilities. The institute culminates in a final ‘Pitchfest’ where teams present their new venture to an esteemed panel of leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators.
July 18- August 1
The Urban Studies Institute turns New York City into your classroom. Students enroll in a special topics Urban Studies course covering subjects such as activism, architecture, sustainability, and human rights. In addition to their coursework, students will work on a collective project in partnership with Barnard’s Empirical Reasoning Center. The project will walk through students through trends and data sets to analyze issues affecting urban areas such inequality, housing, and criminal justice. Students will be able to present their capstone project at a final poster presentation at the end of the program.
July 18- August 1
Barnard’s Young Women Writers Institute encourages writers to find their voice and share it with the world. Students will spend their mornings learning from Barnard instructors in courses such as The Art of the Essay, Writing New York, and playwriting, on the same campus where writers like Greta Gerwig, Zora Neale Hurson, Jhumpa Lahiri got their start. Afternoons will be spent in intensives focused on developing a writing portfolio, getting published, and careers for writers. Off campus, you will tour some of the iconic neighborhoods that birthed movements such as the Harlem Renaissance and the Beat Generation.
Session I: June 27- July 11
Session II: July 18- August 1
The Young Women's Leadership Institute embraces the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus. As an YWLI participant you should be curious, passionate, and ready to develop your skills as a leader. The Institute will allow you to develop trailblazing qualities and push you in new directions as you explore leadership through a feminist lens. Students are given the opportunity to tackle a problem in the world and work in small groups to design and execute a solution using the skills they’ve gained in courses and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to meet with women in workplaces throughout the city to learn about the skills and tenacity needed to stand out in today’s workforce.
YWLI embraces the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus. As an YWLI participant you should be curious, passionate, and ready to develop your skills as a leader. The Institute will allow you to develop trailblazing qualities and push you in new directions as you explore leadership through a feminist lens. Students are given the opportunity to tackle a problem in the world and work in small groups to design and execute a solution using the skills they’ve gained in courses and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to meet with women in workplaces throughout the city to learn about the skills and tenacity needed to stand out in today’s workforce.
Four Week Institutes
June 27- July 25
June 27- July 25
Embrace your creativity in the Fine Arts and Media Institute, a four week intensive offering courses in dance, theatre, filmmaking, art, and music production that will culminate in our annual Festival of the Arts, where students will showcase their best work to their peers. Outside of the classroom, students will spend their afternoons in:
Industry related intensives
Workshops on navigating the college admissions process for arts/media majors
Festival of the Arts Preparation
Tuition and Fees
2 Week Resident- $5,750
2 Week Day Student- $4,995
4 Week Resident- $9,165
4 Week Day Student- $6,875
Resident Student Tuition includes room and meals in the campus dining hall, textbooks and course readers**, MetroCard for duration of program*, (1) Broadway ticket, NYC excursions, Columbia gym membership, $95 campus medical fee.
Day Student Tuition includes meals in the campus dining hall, textbooks and course readers**, (1) Broadway ticket, NYC excursions, Columbia gym membership, $95 campus medical fee..
*Participants are responsible for replacing lost or stolen MetroCards
** Students in Contemporary Studio Art and Architecture of the Everyday will need to purchase additional course supplies on their own. A list will be provided by the professor a month prior to the start of the program.
How to Apply
Who is Eligible?
Female identifying students entering their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year of high school in Fall 2020. Students must be at least 14 years of age by the first day of their summer program.
International students are welcome to apply to our summer programs. Our programs are non-credit bearing therefore international students do not require a student visa to attend. Our office will provide all international enrollees with a letter of admission and detailed scheduled to apply for a tourist visa.
Our application goes live on our website on December 1, 2019 and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Priority Deadline (application fee is waived during this period)- Monday, January 20th, 2020
$75 application fee- Tuesday, January 21st- Wednesday, April 15th
$125 application fee- Thursday, April 16th- Friday, May 15th (space permitting)
PCP Online Application Form (will be avaliable 12/1)
Unofficial High School Transcripts
(1) Teacher/Guidance Counselor Recommendation Letter for rising Junior and Senior applicants
(2) Letters of Recommendation for rising sophomore applicants
(1) short essay based on our application's writing prompts
List of Extracurriculars (if applicable)