Girls Who Code
Columbia University Chapter

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors.
Its programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

The Columbia University Chapter

Our mission is twofold: (1) To provide computer science education to high school girls in the greater New York City area, according to the national Girls Who Code curriculum. (2) To serve as an engagement platform for Columbia students to partake in mentorship, instruction, and programming, which will benefit both the Columbia community and the high schoolers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you offer two classes?

Class 1 covers introductory computer science with Python, a popular generic programming language. Class 2 covers introductory HTML/CSS, which is used to design web pages. Both classes are geared towards girls with no prior computer science experience.

UPDATE: Starting Spring 2020, we will begin offering a Class 3! This class will cover more advanced concepts in using Python for data science. Keep an eye out for more details soon!

Will I need to apply for Class 2 after finishing Class 1?

You can choose to take either Class 1 or Class 2, regardless of whether or not you've taken a class with us before.

Many girls start off in Class 1, then finish off the sequence with Class 2. You will still need to reapply for Class 2 after finishing Class 1.

When do classes take place?

Classes will be held every Saturday on the Columbia campus. Class 1 runs from 10AM-12:30PM, and Class 2 runs from 12:45PM-3:15PM.

How old do I have to be to take the classes?

We are looking for girls in the NYC area in grades 9 to 12.

When do applications normally go live?

Applications are live at the beginning of each semester -- September and January.

I am a Columbia student. How can I get involved?

Look out for managing board and teaching team applications at the beginning of each semester, and keep an eye out for the events/panels/site visits that we organize for the campus community throughout the semester.

Please send an email to if you have any further questions!

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