3-2 Engineering Program

The 3-2 Combined Plan is an opportunity for Barnard students to receive both a liberal arts and an engineering education; students earn a B.A. degree within 3 years at Barnard, and then earn a B.S. degree in 2 years at the School for Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Columbia (hence the name, “3-2”).  The program may also be completed as a “4-2” with the B.A. portion being completed within 4 years.  Students must apply the spring prior to the fall semester they wish to enter.

Barnard students are welcome to pursue a major in any field at Barnard; there is no required Barnard major for application to SEAS.  Students must apply to a particular major/track at SEAS.  To learn more about the Engineering Majors/Tracks applicable for the BS degree, please visit:

Application and Requirements

Barnard students must complete all their major and degree requirements at Barnard prior to entering SEAS. As well, they must be enrolled full-time at Barnard for at least two years when submitting their application. In addition to Barnard’s major and degree requirements, students must complete a large set of pre-requisite coursework to be considered for admission; this includes a general set of required courses, as well as specific required coursework dependent on a student’s intended Engineering major/track. All must be completed prior to entering SEAS. Please see the Barnard Combined Plan Worksheet that outlines all the pre-requisite coursework to be completed.

If, in addition to successfully completing the all the pre-required coursework, the student also meets the below criteria, she will have guaranteed admission to SEAS. The criteria is as follows:

  1. An overall and pre-engineering GPA of 3.30 or higher, as calculated by Columbia. Additionally, the minimum grade for each pre-engineering science or math course must be a B (3.0) or better on the first attempt.
  2. Three favorable recommendations: one each from your institution’s Combined Plan liaison, math instructor and science instructor.

If the student does not meet the above criteria, she is still encouraged to apply for admission.

For more information on the admissions process for the Combined Plan Program, please visit the Columbia admissions page and view Columbia’s curriculum guide for more information on the Combined Plan Program curriculum information.You can also email combinedplan@columbia.edu with questions.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to Combined Plan students through SEAS/Columbia for the 2 year portion. Please note:

  • Candidates are not guaranteed the same financial aid package they received at Barnard.
  • Columbia awards no merit scholarships; all financial aid is need-based only.
  • The Combined Plan program admits all students need-blind; financial need does not affect one’s chances of admission.
  • SEAS/Columbia does not guarantee that we can meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.
  • Limited financial aid is available for international students.


Barnard does not offer housing to Combined Plan students once they are enrolled at SEAS.  Combined Plan students are guaranteed housing during their first engineering year through SEAS/Columbia.  While Columbia will do its best to accommodate students’ requests to live on campus after the first year, there is no guarantee that Combined Plan students will be offered a room on campus beyond the first year. Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) can assist students in non-Columbia owned buildings.