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Family Orientation

Welcome, new parents and families!

In conjunction with Virtual Family Orientation, on-campus activities during Family Orientation are designed to help you get to know more about Columbia and the people who are here to support your student. To view program summaries and get an idea of what to expect, click the "+" sign next to its title.

First-year Families*

Lectures and workshops will take place on campus during first-year move-in on Sunday, August 25, and will conclude with Convocation, a ceremony to welcome you and your student into the Columbia family. This programming is not required, but we hope you will join us so we may introduce you to the people and resources with whom your student will work.

Columbia Urban Experience (CUE), August 18-25

CUE participants check in on Sunday, August 18. Students will sleep in a residence hall to-be-determined during CUE.

CUE concludes on Sunday, August 25 with a brunch for participants and their families.

Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP), August 20-25

COÖP participants will check-in at 115th Street and Amsterdam Avenue on Tuesday, August 2o. Families of "COÖP-ers" will be invited to join us for a social event to meet other Columbia families and learn more about the COÖP experience. Light refreshments will be served.

Students will depart for COÖP on Wednesday, August 22 and return Saturday, August 25. Please keep in mind that students will not have access to cell phones until their return to campus, which may be late on Saturday evening.

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP), August 22-25

ISOP participants will check-in on Thursday, August 22. ISOP programming for families will take place Friday, August 23-Sunday, August 26.

Thursday, August 22 activities:

  • ISOP student move-in
  • Shopping trips (transportation provided by ISOP)

Friday, August 23 activities:

  • ISOP Official Welcome

  • Lectures and workshops

  • Family Luncheon

  • Butler Library Tour

Saturday, August 24 activities

  • Families who register will receive information about tours and cultural activities in NYC taking place this day.

Sunday, August 25 activities:

  • Lectures and panels
  • Picnic lunch and dinner
  • Convocation ceremony for students and their families
  • Students begin NSOP and families depart campus

NSOP 2019 check-in and Convocation, Sunday, August 25*

Most first-year students will check-in for NSOP on Sunday, August 25. Family Orientation lectures and workshops are a great way to get to know the resources and people who are here for your student. Families who plan to arrive in the city early will be invited to join us in NYC for tours and cultural activities on Saturday, August 24.

Saturday, August 24 activities

  • Families who register will receive information about tours and cultural activities in NYC taking place this day.

Sunday, August 25 activities

  • Lectures and panels
  • Picnic lunch and dinner
  • Convocation ceremony for students and their families
  • Students begin NSOP and families depart campus

*Student-athletes competing in fall sports will move in on their assigned report days, which they will receive from their coaches. Please ensure your student is monitoring their Columbia email address for the most up-to-date information.

Families of Transfer and Combined Plan Students*

The first day on campus can feel overwhelming, but we hope you can take some time to join us for the Transfer and Combined Plan Family Welcome on Tuesday, August 27. This event is a great opportunity to meet the people who will work closely with you and with your student, as well as to connect with other Columbia families.

*Student-athletes competing in fall sports will move in on their assigned report days, which they will receive from their coaches. Please ensure your student is monitoring their Columbia email address for the most up-to-date information.

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