Family Days are part of a campus-wide celebration of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering families held during Homecoming weekend. Enjoy a series of intellectual, informational, and social events designed to let you experience, if only for a few days, what it means to be a Columbia student.
Your registration includes lectures, workshops and open houses, and some meals. Additional events and programs will be added as faculty and presenters confirm their participation. Programming is limited on Saturday and Sunday to allow for participation in Homecoming/Football and family time.
Please visit the registration site for a comprehensive list of events (program/session titles, presenters, and times/locations will be confirmed prior to Family Days):
Family Days Schedule
Friday, October 21
- Check-in open from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Light refreshments available throughout the day
- Family Days programming (lectures, workshops, presentations, and other events) runs from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Dinner with Roar-ee is available from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
Your student can attend by using one of their meal swipes.
Saturday, October 22
- Check-in open from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
- Breakfast available from 9:00 - 11:00 am
- Family Days programming runs from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Transportation to Baker Field available from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
- Homecoming Lunch ($) 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
You must add on any student planning to attend.
- Football Game ($) kicks off at 1:30 pm
- Please note: Homecoming Lunch and Football tickets are not included in Family Days registration and can be purchased for an additional cost.
Sunday, October 23
- Check-in from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Light refreshments available throughout the morning
- Family Days programming runs from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Additional Information & Resources
Homecoming & Football
Homecoming activities will take place on Saturday, October 22 at the Baker Athletics Complex. Current CC/SEAS families can register for Homecoming activities through the Family Days registration link for an additional cost. During event registration, families must add on any students planning to attend the Homecoming Lunch - meal swipes will not be accepted.
Tickets for the Homecoming football game are also available on the Columbia Athletics website. Students receive free admission to the student seating section.
Getting Here and Lodging
For information on Columbia preferred hotels as well as budget-friendly accommodations, please visit the Columbia Travel Portal.
The Visitor’s Center offers detailed information with directions to campus, parking options, and guides to public transportation. We strongly encourage use of NYC’s subway and buses.
Your Family Days registration includes light refreshments on Friday, a ticket to the Dinner with Roaree outdoor meal on Friday evening, breakfast on Saturday morning, and light refreshments on Sunday.
Helpful Hints & Tips
October 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 a photo ID! Residence hall security requires that all guests (including parents/families) provide photo ID to enter the residences.
Your Family Days name badge is required for access to Alfred Lerner Hall and all Family Days event venues.
Check the weather. Dress casually and for comfort (and wear sensible shoes).
Taking pictures? Be sure to tag them with the #ColumbiaFamily hashtag.
Plan to explore NYC! Visit sites such as TimeOut NYC, NYCGo, TodayTix, and TKTS for deals and discounted tours, festivals, museum admissions, and shows. Many theaters also offer same-day rush tickets. These services can help you to find the best prices for the widest possible variety of options. Talk with your student about what their schedule will be and whether there are particular things they would like to do and see with you.
For more information about Covid-19 and Columbia University guest policies, please refer to the Covid-19 Resource Guide for the Columbia Community. Masking is optional but recommended for indoor spaces. If you’re feeling sick or if you’ve tested positive for Covid-19, please delay or cancel your travel. We’d be happy to help with a refund.