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Urban New York

Urban New York

Urban New York will take place virtually for Spring 2021! The lottery will be open for entries Monday, February 1Thursday, February 4. Enter the Urban NY lottery by Thursday, February 4 at 11:59 p.m. EST

What is Urban New York?

Urban New York provides an opportunity for students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering to experience the cultural, artistic and unique world that New York City has to offer, to connect with faculty and staff outside of the classroom and to make connections across our larger community, meeting students from across both campuses during a night of fun and entertainment. This semester, Urban NY events will all be virtual to give students an opportunity to connect with artists one-on-one! 

Three lotteries will be held during Spring 2021: A general lottery, open to all undergraduate class years; a first-year lottery; and a sophomore lottery. Each event will provide tickets for up to 14 winners. A staff member from Undergraduate Student Life will lead each event. 

Due to the virtual nature of the events, we will not have a standby procedure and instead allow more students to join the wait-list.

Lastly, if you have won an Urban NY lottery in the past, you can still participate in this lottery!

Ready to enter? Check out the rules and regulations.

Contact Us

Reach out to for any Urban NY related questions.

Having trouble registering for a lottery?

There are various reasons you may not be able to register:

  1. The lottery may not be open and/or has already closed
  2. You do not qualify to enter in the current lottery (e.g. you are a senior trying to register for the first-year lottery)
  3. You are not a currently enrolled undergraduate student in Columbia College or Columbia Engineering

If the above reasons do not apply to you and you are still experiencing difficulty registering, please email with your first and last name, UNI, class standing, your school and a short description of the issue. Please give the Urban New York team one to two business days to reply and two to five business days to resolve your issue. 

Note: It can take one to five days for the Urban New York Team to address and resolve technical registration issues. If you reach out with an issue a few days before the lottery closes, our team cannot guarantee the problem will be fixed before the lottery closes.  Please be proactive and register for the lottery well in advance.

Special acknowledgment is given to Dr. Arnold I. Kisch CC'54, and to his wife, Victoria L. J. Daubert, Ph.D., for fully endowing all opera tickets.

The Urban New York Program is sponsored by Columbia CollegeColumbia Engineering and the Class of 1954 Urban New York Fund.

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