Columbia Combined Plan Program

The combined-plan program with Columbia University is a 3-2 program meaning that students study for 3 years at Middlebury (and complete major and distribution requirements here), and then study for two years at Columbia.  Students will receive a B.A. from Middlebury and a B.S. in an engineering discipline from Columbia.  If you are wondering whether this program is for you, be sure to read the information about engineering options first.  Below you will specific information about the Columbia program.

GPA requirement for guaranteed admission

For guaranteed admission, an overall GPA and pre-engineering GPA of 3.3 or higher is required, as well as grades of B or better in all science courses.  See Columbia's admission page and FAQ for more information.

Prerequisite Courses

Required courses include foundation courses required for all majors, and additional major-specific courses.  They can be found in Columbia's Pre-Combined Plan Curriculum Guide; also available are Course Descriptions for these courses.  The required foundation courses for all majors translate into Middlebury courses as follows:

  • MATH 121 - Calculus I
  • MATH 122 - Calculus II
  • MATH 223 - Multivariable Calculus
    (Note: unlike for Dartmouth, PHYS 212 cannot be substituted for MATH 223)
  • PHYS 109 - Newtonian Physics
  • PHYS 110 - Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 111 - Thermodynamics, Fluids, Wave Motion, and Optics (strongly recommended)
  • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I
  • CSCI 101 - The Computing Age  OR
    CSCI 150 - Computing for the Sciences
  • ECON 150 - Intro Macroeconomics  OR
    ECON 155 - Intro Microeconomics 

 A translation of the major-specific courses into Middlebury courses can be found here (not fully up to date).


Applications are preferred by February 15 of the student's junior year.  You can find the application form on Columbia's Combined Plan Program Admissions page.  Admission is guaranteed if all requirements are met.

Also necessary is an application for domestic off-campus study with the Study Abroad office, due February 1.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is available from Columbia; however, only limited financial aid is available for international students.  Middlebury financial aid is not transferable to Columbia.