Columbia College and Columbia Engineering are proud to have nearly 900 undergraduates who are the first in their family to attend college. First-in-Family (FIF) Programs serves these students, and all students, by supporting them as they make the cultural leap into the college environment.
First-in-Family is by definition a secondary identity. The FIF constituency hails from every corner of the socioeconomic spectrum, every ethnic background, and every area of study.
The philosophy of FIF is that "students don't know what they don't know." FIF Programs aims to introduce students to the huge variety of possibilities for their Columbia education.
- Orientation: We hold a reception during the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) to welcome new first-generation college students and their families to campus. This year, the FIF Welcome Reception and Panel will take place on Sunday, August 30, at 3pm in 555 Lerner Hall.
- Peer Mentoring: FIF administers a peer mentoring program that pairs incoming and upperclass FIF students. The mentoring relationship enriches new students by connecting them with the attention and wisdom of FIF students who are farther along in their Columbia careers. The 2014-15 FIF Peer Mentoring Initiative currently has 82 participating undergraduates. If you or someone you know would like to become a FIF mentor (or mentee), feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Social Events: All FIF students are invited to participate in FIF-exclusive community-building events throughout the academic year. Programming for Fall 2015 will be announced on a rolling basis.
- Academic Support: The Center for Student Advising provides academic support resources through the Academic Resources in Support of Excellence (ARISE) program. All FIF students are encouraged to inquire about these resources.