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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 Fall Events & Workshops

First Week Check-in
Friday, Sept. 8, 2-3:00pm - Lerner Hall 401
Career Fair Preview
Friday, Sept. 15, 10-12:45pm – Location: TBA
Train your Brain: The Science of Time Management workshop
Friday, Sept. 15, 2-3pm – Lerner Hall 401
Writing 101: Writing Practices for Success
Friday, Sept. 22, 2-3:00pm - Lerner Hall (An event for first-year first-gen students)
Telling Your Story - Alumni share their First-Gen experience in the workplace 
Thursday, Oct 5, 4-6pm - Lerner Hall 401
Career Day: Columbia Start-up Lab
Friday, Oct. 6, 1-2:00pm - RSVP Only 
How to Connect with Faculty
Friday, Oct. 27, 2:00-3:00pm - Lerner Hall 401
First-year Spring Group Advising Sessions
Friday, Nov. 3, 1-2:00pm - Lerner Hall 401
Career Outing: Libeskind Studio
Friday, Nov. 17; email: for RSVP info
Exploring Undergraduate Science Research ft. Vesna Gasperov 
Friday, Nov. 17, 1-2:30pm - Havemeyer 209
Smarter Studying for Finals Workshop
Friday, Dec. 8, 1-2:00pm - Lerner Hall 401
Study Break with Stress Busters 
Friday, Dec. 15, 12:00-2:00 - Lerner Hall 401
Additional Events Throughout the Term:
How to Succeed in Frontiers of Science; Alumni panels & dinners; Fellowships and Study Abroad seminars; Career Outings, etc.

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
Catherine Steindler - 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.