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Undergraduate Student Life

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.

The King's Crown Leadership Excellence Awards recognize undergraduate Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science students which have offered outstanding leadership to their community/ies with exemplary commitment and energy. Awards are presented across eight categories.  A Certificate of Distinction for Leadership Excellence is awarded to up to ten individuals per category. A select few may receive the Dean's Award for Leadership Excellence. The award categories are as follows:

  • Principled Action
  • Community Building
  • Columbia Spirit
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Innovation & Enhancement
  • Inclusion & Advocacy
  • Indelible Mark
  • Health & Wellness

A full description of these categories may be found on our Awards Descriptions page. Nominations can be submitted by students, faculty, staff and alumni. Submitted nominations will also serve to determine many recipients of our Named Awards, Class Day Awards & Senior Marshals

Named Awards: Select honorees within the categories listed above may also receive one of 12 Named Awards.

Class Day Awards: There are 10 awards bestowed upon graduating seniors at the CC and SEAS Class Day ceremonies in May.

Senior Marshals:  Graduating CC and SEAS seniors can also be honored as a Senior Marshal and will lead their class procession into the Class Day and Commencement ceremonies.  

Nominations for the King's Crown Leadership Excellence Awards are now open.

Click here to access the nomination form.

In order to be considered for any of the following awards (KCLEA, Named Awards, Class Day Awards, and Senior Marshals) nominations must be received by Sunday, January 29 by 11:59 p.m.

Awards are determined by the King’s Crown Leadership Excellence Awards Committee comprised of staff and students from Athletics, Admissions, Center for Career Education, Center for Student Advising, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Engagement, and Residential Life.

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

Questions? Please email

Undergraduate Student Life


510-515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-3612

Fax: (212) 854-9801

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