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Family Orientation

Welcome, New Parents and Families!

Family Orientation is a hybrid program designed to help you prepare for your student’s transition to Columbia and move to Morningside Heights. Over the summer we will host webinars on a variety of topics that will introduce you to the people who will work with your student. Review upcoming and recorded events on the Countdown to Columbia website.

On your student’s arrival to campus we hope to welcome you to in-person with opportunities to meet our staff, walking tours, and other welcome events.

To get an idea of what to expect, click the "+" sign next to its title.

First-year Families

While programming is not required for new families, we hope you will join us so we may introduce you to the people and resources with whom your student will work. Visit the families section on the Countdown to Columbia website to review upcoming webinars and recordings of past orientation events.

We look forward to welcome your family to campus as well, and we hope to see you in-person if you plan to help your student with their arrival on campus on either August 27 or 28. You are also invited to join us on August 28 at 6:30 p.m. for Convocation, the event that officially welcomes your student and family to the Columbia community.

Additional information will be shared with you via email leading up to your arrival on campus.

Families of Transfer and Combined Plan Students

Family Orientation lectures and workshops are a great way to get to know the resources and people who are here for your student. This programming is not required for new families, but we hope you will join us virtually so we may introduce you to the people and resources with whom your student will work. Visit the families section on the Countdown to Columbia website to review upcoming webinars and recordings of past orientation events.

We look forward to welcome your family to campus as well, and we hope to see you in-person if you plan to help your student with their arrival on campus on August 30. Additional information will be shared with you via email leading up to your arrival on campus.

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