A personal network of advisers will guide and support you through the many choices you'll make while at Columbia, including academic decisions, your exploration of career interests, global opportunities, research and fellowships, and more! When you need advice and you’re not sure where to start, you can reach out to any part of your network to be connected with the best person and resource to help you. Get to know a few of the resources and people who are part of your Columbia support network.
Berick Center for Student Advising
Lavinia LorchSenior Assistant Dean and Director of the Scholars Program"You could say that Columbia blue flows through my veins. I’ve been in my role at the Berick Center for Student Advising longer than anyone else in the staff, and multiple generations of my family have attended and/or taught at the University."
Did you know? You can meet with your adviser in the Berick Center for Student Advising as often as you’d like. Lavinia holds the distinction of being visited on almost a daily basis by her advisees.
Center for Career Education
Kavita SharmaDean of the Center for Career Education"I speak the global language of football (soccer) and am always happy to chat with students about their career planning and the latest football news. I work with 30 fun, energetic and talented career professionals to help students design the next steps in their career journeys."
Did you know? Students are encouraged to connect with CCE — even in their ﬁrst year at Columbia — to learn about their services and programs.
Columbia College Academic Affairs
Larry JacksonAssociate Dean of Academic Affairs, Core Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs"The Core Curriculum is an experience that all Columbia College students share. These classes provide you with an opportunity to form a community with your peers, explore ideas and grow as critical thinkers. The goal of the Core Curriculum is not to absorb facts, but to develop your own ideas about the world."
Did you know? Literature Humanities has been a College requirement since 1937. Only three texts have been on the syllabus every year: Homer's Iliad, Aeschylus's Oresteia and Dante's Inferno.
Columbia Engineering Student Affairs
Jenny MakSenior Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Student Affairs"
Columbia Engineering educates future leaders who will carry forward our mission of Engineering for Humanity. As a SEAS alumna, I look forward to supporting your success within and beyond the classroom."
Did you know? Columbia Engineering graduated both the youngest (20) and oldest (63) student during Commencement 2020 with their bachelor's and doctoral degree, respectively.
Student and Family Support
Matthew PatashnickAssociate Dean for Student and Family SupportStephanie KingAssistant Dean for Student Wellness"College can be complicated. It's a time of great change for your family, your loved ones and for you. We provide support to students who are in distress regarding complex personal issues and other barriers that may impede their success. We also support, guide and create opportunities for parents and families to be involved here at Columbia."
Did you know? Live Well | Learn Well is a great resource for managing your well-being. Bookmark the website and use it as a starting point when you have a question!
Undergraduate Global Engagement
Dean of Undergraduate Global Engagement"To help address the complex global challenges facing the world today and empower students to make a difference in the world as global citizens, we have developed a hub of global engagement activities at Columbia — through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement and the Global Columbia Collaboratory — that will help prepare you to understand cross-cultural cooperation and communication, and enhance your global awareness skills and competencies as a next-generation leader."
Did you know? Through the recently established Global Columbia Collaboratory, students have the opportunity to virtually connect with experts and each other, to reflect, collaborate and ideate on some of the world's most complex issues.
Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships"Taking on a research project — whether it is in the field, in the lab or in the library — will be a central component of your Columbia experience. I look forward to helping you determine which research and fellowship programs are the best match for your goals and interests."
Did you know? Did you know? In 2022–2023 Columbia was named a top-producing institution for the Fulbright, a title it has earned for each of the past 12 years.
Undergraduate Student Life
Dean of Undergraduate Student Life
"I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, both in and out of the classroom. Some critical lessons from my college days came when I opened myself to friendships with folks from a range of backgrounds and identities, and challenged my biases and assumptions."
Did you know? Undergraduate Student Life advises about 350 recognized student clubs and organizations! Additional student groups are advised through club sports, Community Impact, Hillel and University Life.