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Family Weekend FAQs

You've got questions. Family Engagement has answers.

What does the Family Weekend registration fee include?

Family Weekend general admission includes all workshops and lectures on Friday and Saturday. The admission fee also includes refreshments and an evening reception on Friday, and a continental breakfast on Saturday.

Why do I have to pay a fee?

We understand that coming to New York can be expensive. The Family Weekend registration fee helps us to provide you with a quality experience and variety of refreshments and programs.

Will my student attend Family Weekend events with me? Does s/he need a ticket?

If your student's schedule permits, s/he is welcome to attend general admission Family Weekend events and will not need to be registered for Family Weekend. However, if your student plans to take advantage of any optional events, you will need to purchase a ticket for your Columbia student during the registration process. Be sure to check with your student in advance and confirm his/her interest.

When will the detailed schedule of events be available?

We are working hard to finalize the session titles for the Friday and Saturday programs. The schedule of events will be continuously updated as faculty members and university colleagues confirm their availability. We encourage you to check back often! You and your guests will be given a printed schedule when you arrive to Family Weekend in October.

What if I just come for Saturday?

Please register if you plan to take advantage of our Saturday offerings (brunch and faculty lectures).

Do I need to register for Family Weekend if I only plan to participate in Homecoming Activities?

No, you may purchase football and Homecoming Picnic and Carnival tickets on the athletics and alumni affairs websites, respectively.

Can I sit with my student during the football game?

Students receive complimentary admission to the student seating section by showing their Columbia University ID. However, if you wish for your student to sit with you in general admission seating, you will need to purchase a football game ticket for your student. Check with your student to determine his/her preference.

How do I purchase tickets to the events not included in general admission?

During the Family Weekend registration process, you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to take the NYC double-decker bus tour, the Homecoming Picnic and Carnival, and a selection of Broadway plays offered at a discount.

What if I have a dietary restriction?

Email to advise us of any dietary restrictions.

Is campus accessible? Are wheelchairs available?

The Columbia University campus is accessible and detailed information about campus accessibility can be found online. A limited number of wheelchairs will be available for guests to use while on campus - please email to ask about borrowing one.

What if my student has exams?

We are aware that some students have midterm examinations during Family Weekend. The date for Family Weekend is determined by Columbia University's Homecoming. We encourage you to speak with your student to learn about any academic or other commitments s/he may have during Family Weekend.

Do I have to pre-register? Can I register and pay on site?

Family Weekend registration will be available online until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014. Guests unable to register online by this time are welcome to pay on-site on Friday, October 24, or Saturday, October 25, 2014.

What's the refund policy?

Email us at by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 30, and we will honor your refund request. We are unable to accept refund requests after this date.

Is there a way for me to participate even if I cannot attend?

Yes! We will webcast select Family Weekend sessions so that you and your family can watch and listen from home.

Will coat check / storage be available?

Yes! On Friday, October 24, from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., coat check and limited bag storage will be available in Lerner Hall. As space is limited, we encourage you to leave larger items in either your hotel room or your student's residence hall room.

Where do I book a hotel and arrange for transportation?

Our Visiting Columbia webpage has lots of information to help you plan your trip to New York City.

What if I have other questions?

Email us! We are happy to help you plan your visit.

Family Engagement


609 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-2446

Fax: (212) 854-0470

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.