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Frequently Asked Questions

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Orientation, Transfer and Combined Plan Student Orientation

How can I get from the NYC airports to campus?

There are no shuttle services from campus, but cabs are readily available. Let your driver know you need to go to "Columbia University at 116th and Amsterdam." If you are traveling from the Newark, JFK or LaGuardia airports, you can use a variety of buses and trains to get to the University. Be mindful that this route will take some time and may involve multiple modes of transportation. Please visit and use the "trip planner" tool to find the best route to campus form your location. Enter "Columbia University Main Campus" as your destination address.

What is orientation like for Transfer and Combined Plan students?

Transfer and Combined Plan students will enjoy a number of transfer-specific academic and social programs, including brunches, student panels, advising sessions and joint outings in the city with Barnard and Columbia transfer students. Your orientation group of 10-12 students will consist only of Transfer and Combined Plan students, but there will be opportunities to meet other new students throughout the week.

The orientation schedule will be available in mid-August.

What should I do if I must arrive before the start of NSOP?

If you must arrive before the program move-in date, are not participating in a special program and do not have special permission from the Housing Office, you will need to secure off-campus accommodations. A list of area hotels and other options is available on the Columbia University Travel Portal.

When do I move in, and where do I check in?

Move-in day and orientation for Transfer and Combined Plan students will take place the morning of Tuesday, September 1, 2020. More specific details will be sent over the summer about move-in times and locations. The orientation schedule will be available in mid-August.

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