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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 Events:  Spring 2019 Events


Internship Search Strategies for workshop Part 1 of 3 with CCE

Friday, February 1, 12:30-2:30pm, 401 Lerner Hall


Spring Check-in

Friday, February 8, 1:30-2:30pm 401 Lerner Hall


First-in-Family Alumni Roundtable at the next Odyssey Mentoring Night

Wednesday, February 13, 6:00-8:00, with (CCAA) and (CFLAN)


Funding Search Strategies workshop Part 2 of 3 with CCE

Friday, February 15, 3:00-5:00pm, 401 Lerner Hall


Spring Career Fair Previews with CCE

Friday, February 22, 10:30am-12:00pm, Lerner Hall


Train Your Brain: The Science of Time Management workshop

Friday, February 22, 1:00-2:00pm 401 Lerner Hall


How to Succeed in Frontiers of Science (without really trying!) with Professor Ivana Hughes

Wednesday, March 6, 4:30-5:30pm, 401 Lerner Hall


FiF Career Day: The Real Estate/Construction Career Day Outing

ft AECOM Tishman and the NYBG

Friday, March 8, 8:30-12:00pm


Internship and Funding Application Lab Part 3 of 3 with CCE

Friday, March 8, 3:00-5:00pm


FiF Spring Fellowship Workshop

Friday, March 15, 3:30-4:30pm 401 Lerner Hall with Jodi Zaffino


FiF Spring Social Event

Friday, March 18-22 (week of spring break) 401 Lerner Hall


Study Abroad workshop with—Karyn Comeau

Friday, March 29, 12:30-1:30pm 401 Lerner 401


FiF Career Day: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Thursday, April 4, 8:30am-12:00pm


Prepping for Finals

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


Theatre Outing

Friday, April 26, Passage at Soho Rep 7:30pm


FiF Graduation Reception

Wednesday, May 22, 1:00-3:00 401 Lerner Hall



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
Jamie Tan - 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.