Dear Columbia Families,
Happy first week of classes! I hope the summer was a restful one for your student.
While many of my friends and family make resolutions at the beginning of the calendar year, I find the start of the academic year is the perfect time to set goals. One of my goals this and every year is to plan my days to allow for enough sleep and exercise. These are priorities my colleagues and I encourage our students to make as well. Columbia Health, the Berick Center for Student Advising and other campus resources have tools and host events to support these practices. Check out the Live Well | Learn Well website to explore more.
As always, you can expect emails and updates from Student and Family Support throughout the academic year to keep you connected to our great University. I also invite you to visit our office in 601 Alfred Lerner Hall to say hello and join us for coffee or tea whenever your travels bring you to New York City.
With warm regards,
Director of Family Support and Outreach
Student and Family Support
Columbia College | Columbia Engineering
Activities Day: Friday September 6
Clubs and student organizations can offer a complement to or a break from school work. Activities Day is an opportunity for new and returning undergraduate students to discover all of the recognized organizations that students can join. Over 350 student organizations will be on Low Plaza, College Walk and Butler Lawn, so encourage your student to come and check out what they have to offer!
Family Days: Friday, October 18–Sunday, October 20
Registration will open on Thursday, September 12 for Family Days (formerly known as Family Weekend). This event is a celebration for the whole Columbia Family, and we hope you are planning to join us! You can expect an email from us with an invitation to register and a preliminary schedule on Thursday, September 12.
Grad(uation) Zone for Families
Families of the Class of 2020 will receive their first "GradZone for Families" message near the end of September. Regular messages about preparing for Columbia's graduation ceremonies and celebrations will come in the spring term, but you can get a head start by reviewing the difference between Class Day and University Commencement on the GradZone website. You can also set the dates and times for both ceremonies in your calendar:
Academic Breaks and Travel Plans
Are you looking to book your student's travel to and from NYC for break periods? Fall break is Monday, November 4–Tuesday, November 5 and relatively short, so many students opt to remain on campus. Thanksgiving break takes place Wednesday, November 27–Friday, November 29.
We strongly recommend waiting until you have confirmation of his/her exam schedule to book tickets for winter break travel. Student exams cannot be rescheduled to accommodate pre-purchased tickets.
As a reminder, residence halls remain open throughout the academic year, and our on-call team and Public Safety are available 24/7 for emergency support.
Events and Deadlines
Friday, September 13: First Fall 2019 bill due
Monday, September 30: Deadline to waive or enroll in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan
Thursday, October 10: Second Fall 2019 bill due
Friday, October 18–Sunday, October 20: Family Days (registration opens September 12)
Monday, November 4–Tuesday, November 5: Fall break (no classes)
Thursday, November 14: Third fall 2019 bill due
Wednesday, November 27–Friday, November 29: Thanksgiving break (no classes)
Monday, December 9: Last day of Fall 2019 classes
Thursday, December 12: Fourth Fall 2019 bill due
Friday, December 13–Friday, December 20: Final exams
Monday, December 23–Monday, January 20: Winter break (no classes)