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Visiting Student Orientation, Orientation

Are there shuttle services from local 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, it is possible to 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 trasnportation. Please visit and use the "trip planner" tool to get a route to campus. Enter "Columbia University Main Campus" as your destination address.

How do I change my address?

Once you establish your Columbia email login, also known as your UNI, you will log on toStudent Services Online (SSOL) to change your address. For any issues in creating your account, please email

How long does Orientation last?

Orientation will last from Tuesday, August 27 2019 to Monday, September 2 2019 for Visiting and Exchange Students. 

What events will be happening during Orientation?

To find out what events will take place during the week, check back in August!

When can I arrive on campus?

Check-in for Visiting and Exchange Students will take place on the morning of Tuesday, August 27th 2019 in front of Hamilton Hall between 8:00-9:30 a.m. The first official program begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Satow Room located in Lerner Hall. If you are living on campus, you should check in between 8:00-9:30 a.m. and drop your belongings in your room. You will have time throughout the day to settle in.  

If you arrive later, between 9:30 a.m. -noon, you should still go to Hamilton Hall to pick up your CUID. 

If you arrive after noon, you can report to 510 Lerner for your orientation materials. 

When does Orientation officially begin?

Orientation begins on Tuesday, August 27 2019 for Visiting and Exchange Students.

Where can I find the most up-to-date information about Orientation?

This website and page will have the most up-to-date information on New Student Orientation Program 2019 as it becomes available.

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