Interested in engineering but want to attend a liberal arts college? At Colby you can do both. Our dual-degree programs allow you to graduate from Colby and obtain an engineering degree from either Dartmouth College or Columbia University.

Colby has an active dual-degree program, with typically 8-10 students being admitted to the programs each year. That means if you decide to pursue engineering at Colby, there will be a cohort of students undertaking the same preparation and attending the same program.

You get the best of both worlds—the opportunity to explore the liberal arts while pursuing a technical focus in the field of engineering. For both programs, students are required to take a set of foundational courses at Colby followed by engineering-focused courses at the partner institution. The ability to write, communicate, and think critically are essential skills for all career paths, including engineering, and students with dual degrees are positioned to assume leadership roles requiring skills beyond the technical realm.

If you’re interested in the Dartmouth program you would apply in January of your sophomore year. The Columbia program applications are due in January of your junior year for the 3/2 option, and in January of your senior year for the 4/2 option. For either Columbia option you have to complete your Colby major and all distribution requirements prior to starting at Columbia. If you choose the Dartmouth program, then it is possible to take 1-2 courses that count towards your Colby major or distribution requirements in your first year at Dartmouth.

Upon completion, you’ll earn two degrees—a B.A. from Colby and a B.E. or B.S. degree from the partner institution.

Program Details


  • Five-year program in a 2/1/1/1 format
  • Junior year is at Dartmouth
  • Competitive admission
  • Bachelor of engineering degree
  • Specialization in the final year
  • Choice of nine areas of focus
  • Campus in Hanover, N.H.

  • Choice of a 3/2 or 4/2 program
  • Competitive admission starting with the Class of 2023
  • Apply to a specific engineering department
  • Bachelor of science in an engineering discipline
  • Choice of at least 12 engineering majors
  • 4/2 program allows study abroad
  • Campus in New York City