Family Orientation is designed to help you prepare for your student’s transition to Columbia and introduce you to the many resources and people who are here to support them. We hope you will join us for our summer webinars, and that we will see you in-person if you plan to help your student on their move-in day.
Prior to move-in, you will receive updated guidelines for parent and family access to campus, including registration and attestation procedures.
Family webinars will take place throughout July and August. These presentations represent great opportunities for you to get to know the people who will work with your student, and to ask any questions you may have.
Upcoming webinar topics include housing and residential life, immunization requirements, student health insurance, financial aid and billing, student support, and more. All of our webinars will be recorded for future viewing, so no need to worry if you can't join a live presentation. View the full schedule on our website, and be sure to check back often, as new presentations may be added to the lineup.
There is no need to register for our webinars in advance. Please visit the website at the time of each webinar and click the event link to join.
August 29–Families of first years
We’re delighted to welcome families to campus!! We also hope to see you at Convocation, the ceremony where we officially welcome your student and family to the Columbia community, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Families should plan to depart campus after Convocation concludes so that your student can begin their NSOP experience.
August 31–Families of new and 2nd year Transfer, Combined Plan, Visiting and Exchange students
We’re delighted to welcome families back to campus this year! After your student has checked into their residence hall, we hope to see you at our family hub, where we will be available to answer any questions you may have. The family hub location and other activities will be announced closer to orientation.
Sending Mail and Packages
Before move-in, Columbia Housing will email your student with their mailbox number and instructions for shipping mail and packages to campus. All mail will be delivered to the Student Mail Center in Wien Hall.
You may ship packages to your student no more than two weeks before their move-in date. If packages arrive sooner, they will be returned to the sender.
Please note that students must be available to receive special deliveries in-person as residence hall front desks cannot accept deliveries on their behalf. If you plan on sending a surprise (such as flowers or a birthday cake), please let your student know ahead of time.