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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, September 9, 2 p.m.
    401 Lerner

  • Writing Center Workshop

  • Career Fair Preview
    Friday, September 23, 10 a.m.
    Location TBA

  • How to Connect with Faculty
    Friday, September 23, 2 p.m.
    401 Lerner

  • Theatre Outings
    • Hamlet, Tuesday, October 4, 7 p.m.
    • Duat at Soho Rep., Thursday, October 20, TBA

  • First-Gen Alumni Panel with the Center for Career Education
    Friday, October 7, 4 p.m.
    401 Lerner

  • Halloween Social Event
    Friday, October 28, 4 p.m.
    401 Lerner

  • Fellowships & Study Abroad
    Friday, November 4, 3 p.m.
    Location TBA

  • Studying for Finals
    Friday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.
    Location TBA

Additional events throughout the term:
  • Alumni Dinners
  • "Making the Most of Your Time" Workshops
  • Career Outings
  • FiF Dinner & Discussion

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 - Senior Associate Dean
Darius V. Echeverría, Ph.D. - Advising Dean
Catherine Steindler - Advising Dean
Brianna Nofil - Graduate Assistant
Apr 17

Apr 17 to Apr 21 (4 days)

Fall 2017 Registration

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
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.