Student Awards and Recognition

At the end of each academic year, Undergraduate Student Life and partner offices recognize students with awards and honors for leadership, cocurricular accomplishments, and noteworthy contributions to the Columbia community.

Learn more about the awards and nominate students who have contributed to the Columbia community. 

Award Types

  • Leadership and Excellence Awards recognize the significant contributions of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students to the Columbia community. Awards are presented near the end of the spring term, across eight categories, to up to 10 individuals per category. 

  • Class Day Awards are presented to graduating seniors at the Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Class Day ceremonies in May.

  • Senior Marshal is an honor bestowed upon members of the Columbia College and Columbia Engineering graduating class who have demonstrated achievement in their academics and extracurricular activities. Honorees are distinguished at their respective Class Day ceremonies and University Commencement by their gold aiguillettes.

  • Additional Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Awards are bestowed upon students and student groups who meet additional criteria. 

Leadership and Excellence Awards Committee

Awards are determined by a committee of students and staff from offices that interact with students regarding academics, co-curricular activities, and other community events. Questions? Please email

School of General Studies and Barnard College

The School of General Studies and Barnard College award nominations will open in the spring semester. For more information on the School of General Studies award nominations available in mid-February, please check the School of General Studies Student Life website. Information on the Barnard award nominations can be found on Barnard's Student Government Association (SGA) website.


Undergraduate Student Life


505-515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3612

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.