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First-in-Family Programs (FiF) serves Columbia’s first-generation undergraduates in order to help them thrive in the college environment. We offer programs, academic advising, social events, and informal support to build community and help all Columbia students excel.

First-in-Family Fridays: Fall 2018 Events


First Week Check-in

Friday, Sept. 7, 2-3:00pm - Lerner Hall 401


Career Fair Preview

Friday, Sept. 14, 10-12:45pm – Location: Lerner Hall


Train your Brain: Time Management workshop

Friday, Sept. 14, 2-3:00pm – Lerner Hall 401


Writing 101: Writing Practices for Success

Friday, Sept. 21, 2-3:00pm - Lerner Hall 401


Career Day: Columbia Startup Lab!

Friday, Oct. 5, 9am (RSVP only, please look-out for the email!)


How to Connect with Faculty

Friday, Oct. 26, 2:00-3:00pm - Lerner Hall 401


Telling your Story: First-Generation Reflections

Monday, Oct. 29, 6pm, Lerner Hall 401


FiF Theatre Outings

Thunder Bodies @ Soho Rep,  Wednesday, October 31  (RSVP only, please look-out for email)


Summer Enrichment Opportunities Information Session (with ASP)

Thursday, Nov 1, 4p-6p - Lerner Hall 401


First-year Spring Group Advising Sessions

Friday, Nov. 2, 2-3:00pm - Lerner Hall 401


Study Abroad Considerations

Thursday, Nov. 8, 1-2pm - Lerner Hall 401


​FiF Theatre Outings

Midsummer's Night Dream @ Public Theater, Friday, November 9 (RSVP only, please look-out for email)


Preparing for Fellowships

Thursday, Nov. 15, 1-2pm - Lerner Hall 401


Career Day: Studio Libeskind (Architecture & Design)

Friday, Nov.16, 8:30am  (RSVP only, please look out for the email!)


How to Survive Finals Workshop

Friday, Dec. 7, 1-2:00pm - Lerner Hall 401


Study Break

Thursday, Dec. 13, 12-2:00 - Lerner Hall 401






Resources for Students

Your advising dean will work with you to help make your Columbia experience as productive and rewarding as possible. Visit early and visit often to discuss everything from academic planning to college adjustment. Your advising dean is a Columbia expert and can connect you to helpful resources throughout campus.
Free tutoring service for select intro courses. If interested, connect with your advising dean.
The Financial Aid Office helps you understand your aid and can be of service if you face a financial emergency.
Free counseling. CPS can be a resource if you find yourself struggling with difficulties ranging from anxiety to homesickness to stress.

Visit Our Office

All students are invited to visit First-in-Family Programs staff. Call or email any time, or visit us during the Berick Center for Student Advising during walk-in hours, Monday through Friday, 3-4:30 p.m.
James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising
403 Lerner, 212-854-6378
Alex España - Associate Dean
Darius V. Echeverría - Advising Dean
Jillian Burdziak - Advising Dean

James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6378

Fax: (212) 854-2458

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Hours (Sept-May)
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.