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Family Weekend

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

Eventbrite - Columbia University 2017 Family Weekend Registration

Family Weekend registration includes lectures, open houses, workshops and receptions. Tickets to shows, tours, Homecoming and athletic events require additional purchase.


The Homecoming Lunch and Carnival will take place on Saturday, October 20 at the Baker Athletics Complex. For more information and to register, please visit the Homecoming website.

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).

Getting Here

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.
  • Check-in for guests who registered online
  • Walk-in registration will also be available (credit card, cash accepted)
  • Coat check
    10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Coffee and Refreshments
    10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Financial Aid Walk-in Hours
    10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Columbia Health Open House
    10:30 a.m -12:30 p.m.
  • Butler Library and Columbia University Archives Tour and Social
    10:30 a.m -12:00 p.m.
  • Pablo Picasso, Sex, Signs, and War
    Columbia College Faculty Lecture with Noam Elcott
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Laidlaw Symposium
    Student Research and Leadership Scholarship Program
    11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Morningside Heights tour (SOLD OUT)
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Campus tour (register via Family Weekend confirmation email)
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Catalysis for a Sustainable Environment
    Columbia Engineering Faculty Lecture with Robert Farrauto
    11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Letting Go - Challenges that Students and Families Face
    Family/Student Wellness Discussion
    11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m
12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Undergraduate Science and Engineering Research Showcase
    12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • #OurKidsAreDating: Talking About Relationships with Teens & Young Adults
    12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • The Role of Computational Modeling in Science and Engineering
    Columbia Engineering Faculty Lecture with Haim Waisman
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Managing Student-Athlete Stress and Anxiety
    1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Student Career Development Experiences
    Center for Career Education Student Panel

    1:45-2:45 p.m.
  • Responsible Community @ Columbia
    Columbia Health Presentation
    1:45-2:45 p.m.
  • The Iliad's Outsiders
    Columbia College Faculty Lecture with Joanna Stalnaker
    1:45-2:45 p.m.
  • How Columbia Researchers are Addressing the Threat from Hurricanes and Typhoons
    Columbia Engineering Faculty Lecture with Kyle Mandli
    1:45-2:45 p.m.
  • Field Hockey vs. Dartmouth
    2:00 p.m.
  • Fall Fest
    2:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Lipson Nanotechnics Demonstration
    3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Beyond the Gates: Columbia Outside the Classroom
    Study Abroad and Fellowships Discussion
    3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Deliberating in the Age of Discord
    Columbia College Faculty Lecture with Emmanuelle Saada
    3:00-4:00 p.m.
4:00-5:00 p.m.Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Dean's Welcomes

5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Family Weekend Reception
  • Men's Soccer vs. Dartmouth
6:00-8:00 p.m.Homecoming Kickoff Reception (separate registration required)
6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • NYC Double-Decker Bus Tour
    6:30 p.m.
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
COlumbia/Barbard Hillel
Kraft Center for Jewish Life
RSVP required via:

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.
  • Check-in for guests who registered online
  • Walk-in registration will also be available (credit card, cash accepted)
9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Breakfast
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Steps Toward Social Change (tour with Multicultural Affairs)
    10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Advising Q&A with the Berick Center for Student Advising
    10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Why Odysseus was Right about Persons
    Columbia College Faculty Lecture with Edward Mendelson
    11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Una Conversacion en Espanol
    11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.Homecoming Carnival, Lunch and Football Game (additional purchase required)

2:00-10:00 p.m

  • NYC Double-Decker Bus Tour (additional purchase required)
    4:00 p.m.
  • Youssou NDOUR at Carnegie Hall (additional purchase required)
  • Women's Soccer vs. Dartmouth
    6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 21 Programming

12:00-2:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Central Park Walking Tour (SOLD OUT)
Field Hockey vs. VIllanova

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (SOLD OUT)

Explore NYC

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.

Helpful Hints and Tips

  • 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.

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