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Urban New York Rules and Regulations

Spring 2021 Lottery

Urban New York is made up of three lotteries: A general lottery, open to all undergraduate class years; a first-year lottery; and a sophomore lottery. Ineligible registrations will be removed.

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

For questions or more information, please email urbanny@columbia.edu.

Rules and Regulations

General Information 

By entering the Urban NY lottery (whether a winner or wait-listed), you agree to the program rules and regulations.

  • The first-year lottery is open to first-year, transfer, visiting and combined plan NEW students in Columbia College and School of Engineering ONLY
  • The sophomore lottery is open to sophomore students in Columbia College and School of Engineering ONLY
  • The general lottery is open to ALL undergraduate students in Columbia College and School of Engineering
  • Students placed on the wait-list for an event are still eligible to register for a lottery and win a ticket in the future, regardless whether they attend the event or not
  • A student may only be a ticket-holder or a wait-listed registrant for one event
  • Winners are not permitted to give their ticket away; tickets are non-transferrable
  • If you have won an Urban NY lottery before, you can still participate in this lottery!

Register for the Lottery 

  • Opening and closing dates are announced at the beginning of each semester
  • Students can only register for an Urban NY lottery when the lottery is open
  • The lottery results will be run after registration closes
  • Once the lottery is closed, students are no longer able to enter or register (no exceptions!)
  • During the registration process, students are given an opportunity to select events in order of preference
  • During registration, students have the option to be placed on the wait-list for any event they desire, in order of preference, for a chance to attend the event (this option does not impact your chance of winning)
  • Lottery winners will receive an email from Undergraduate Student Life to confirm their attendance and to inform them of event details
  • Those placed on the wait-list will also receive an email to notify them of the results and next steps

Lottery Winners

  • Lottery winners will receive an email from Undergraduate Student Life to confirm their attendance and to inform them of event details
  • A student may only be a winner or on the wait-list for one event at a time
  • Winners must join the virtual Zoom meeting at the link provided by Undergraduate Student Life within 10 minutes of the meeting time
  • Winners who do not join within 10 minutes of the meeting time — even by one minute! — will forfeit their spot to wait-listed students or students waiting on standby (no exceptions!)
  • The group will NOT wait for a ticket winner if the winner does not show up on time

Winners who are unable to attend the Urban NY experience...

  • are not allowed to transfer their ticket to anyone else or give their ticket away
  • must notify Undergraduate Student Life immediately to allow wait-listed students a chance to attend in their place
  • should release their slot before 9:00 a.m. EST the business day before their scheduled event

Wait-List 

  • Student placed on the wait-list for an event will receive an email from Undergraduate Student Life to notify them of their status
  • If a ticket is made available before the posted meeting time, the assigned leader will contact all wait-listed members via email to notify them of any available ticket
    • Wait-list tickets are given on a “first-come, first-served” basis — the first student to respond to the email will secure the ticket​
    • The winner rules now apply to that wait-listed student
  • If a ticket is made available near or at the posted Zoom meeting time, the assigned leader will release tickets to any wait-list member present in the order of arrival
  • Students who are on the wait-list, regardless of whether or not they attend their Urban NY experience, are still eligible to enter and win future Urban NY lotteries

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