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Virtual Family Orientation

We host webinars on a variety of topics to help families understand Columbia and prepare for their students' moves to Morningside Heights. We invite experts from the Berick Center for Student Advising, Columbia Health, Student Financial Services, Housing, Residential Life and other offices to talk about what all new Columbians should know and do. Families can submit questions in advance, join the webinars live, and/or watch the recordings on our YouTube channel starting the day after the live presentation.

If you have questions about participating, please contact us via email or call the main desk at 212-854-2446.

The schedule for Virtual Family Orientation 2021 webinars will be updated as dates are confirmed. To receive access to our Virtual Family Orientation resource Guide, you may find the registration form on this page. We also encourage you to browse the 2020 recordings below and on YouTube.

Financial Aid 101
Wednesday, July 29
In this session, two offices —Financial Aid & Educational Financing and Student Financial Services — reviewed important moments in your student's financial life at Columbia, the billing schedule and process, budgeting, student employment and other financial aid topics.

Columbia Health
Wednesday, August 19, 10:00 AM EST
Learn about the broad range of programs and services offered by Columbia Health. We'll discuss immunization requirements, insurance, and the important work of our colleagues in Alice! Health Promotion, Counseling & Psychological Services, Disability Services, Medical Services, Sexual Violence Response, Student Health Insurance, and the Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP).

Beyond the Gates
Monday, August 24, 12:00 PM EST
Learn how the Center for Career Education, Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement with students throughout their time at Columbia. We will discuss the ways in which students can incorporate an internship and/ or overseas experience into their time at Columbia, including study abroad and fellowship opportunities. We will share how these opportunities can enhance a student's academic experiences.

CC/SEAS Move-in Webinar
Thursday, August 27, 4:00 PM
Hear from Columbia leadership how you’ll be supported during the check-in process and throughout the first two weeks of the semester. Topics include move-in logistics, testing, quarantine, meals, mail delivery, virtual programming and more.

Sunday, August 30, 6:30 PM EST
Before your student begins the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP), we invite your family to attend New Student Convocation, the annual event marking the beginning of your student’s undergraduate experience. After you've moved your student into their residence hall, join Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia College Dean James J. Valentini, Columbia Engineering Dean Mary C. Boyce, administrators, faculty, and student leaders as we welcome you and your student into the Columbia community
You can access the recorded Convocation Ceremony on the Countdown the Columbia page.

International Students and Scholars Office and the Center for Career Education
Monday, August 31, 10:00 AM EST
Join the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) and the Center for Career Education (CCE) for to learn more about the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) and the Center for Career Education (CCE) and how they can support your international student.

Challenges College Students and their Families Face
Monday, September 14, 10:00 AM EST
The transition to college is momentous for students, and for their families, too! Please join Dr. Anne Goldfield from Columbia Health's Counseling and Psychological Services and Stephanie King from Student and Family Support for a discussion of some of the concerns that new college students face as well as the experience of this transition for family members.

Student Support Panel
Thursday, September 17, 1:00 PM EST
Learn how the offices of Undergraduate Student Life, Student and Family Support, and Columbia Health work together to support students outside the classroom.


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