Family Weekend is a campus-wide celebration of families that runs concurrent with Homecoming. We have a series of intellectual, informational, and social events planned for you in the hopes that you will experience, if only for a brief weekend, what it means to be a Columbia student.
Register for Family Weekend
Family Weekend registration includes lectures, open houses, workshops and receptions. Tickets to shows, tours, Homecoming and athletic events require additional purchase.
Tickets for the Homecoming football game are available on the Columbia Athletics website. Please talk with your student about whether they prefer to sit with you (in which case, you will need to purchase a ticket for them), or in the student seating section (for which there is no cost).
Attendees should come to the Broadway entrance of Alfred Lerner Hall to check in. While we encourage families to register in advance, we also welcome walk-in registrations. Once you have checked in or registered, you will receive a printed schedule and your name badge, which will give you access to lectures and tours. Check-in will be open from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19 and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20.
Mobile App and Schedule
Would you like to have the entire Family Weekend schedule, links to public transit and more all at your fingertips? Download the Columbia University: CC & SEAS mobile app for access to our Family Weekend guide! Once the app is downloaded, search "Columbia Family Weekend 2018" and download the guide, where you will be able to customize your schedule, set reminders and more. Available in the App Store and Google Play.
To review our schedule of events and plan your visit, expand the dates below. Printed programs that include location information will be available at check-in and in the mobile app.
Friday, October 19 Programming
|10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.|
|10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|4:00-5:00 p.m.||Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Dean's Welcomes|
|6:00-8:00 p.m.||Homecoming Kickoff Reception (separate registration required)|
|7:00-9:00 p.m.||A Morningside View Variety Show|
|7:70-8:30 p.m.||Notes and Keys Mid-Semester Concert|
|8:30 p.m.||Shabbat Dinner|
Kraft Center for Jewish Life
RSVP required via: https://columbiabarnardhillel.org/
Saturday, October 20 Programming
Complimentary shuttle buses will be available from the Morningside campus to and from Baker Athletics Complex for the Homecoming festivities beginning at 10:30 a.m.
|9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.|
|10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.||Homecoming Carnival, Lunch and Football Game (additional purchase required)|
Sunday, October 21 Programming
|Central Park Walking Tour (SOLD OUT)|
Field Hockey vs. VIllanova
|Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (SOLD OUT)|
One of the highlights of Family Weekend is the chance to explore the city in which your student lives and studies. We have secured a limited number of discount tickets to Broadway shows, performances at Carnegie Hall and city tours (noted in the schedule above). Guests will receive a link to purchase tickets in their confirmation email. Please note you will need your registration order number in order to reserve these tickets.
- Check out our Visiting Columbia page to plan your trip.
- It is a busy time of year, so don't forget to check-in with your student about when they will have time to step away from the books and spend with family.
- Please have photo ID! Residence hall security requires that all guests (including parents) provide photo ID to enter the residences.
- Your Family Weekend name badge is required for access to Alfred Lerner Hall and all Family Weekend event venues.
- Check the weather. Dress casually and for comfort (and wear sensible shoes).
- Refer to the Morningside Disability Access Map to help identify campus accessibility and contact Disability Services with any questions.
- All food will be labeled to aid those with special dietary considerations.