First-in-Family Programs (FiF) serves Columbia’s first-generation undergraduates (and those who identify as first-gen) in order to help them thrive in the college environment. We offer seminars, academic advising, social events, and informal support to build community and help all Columbia students excel.  Questions about joining the First-in-Family First Year Seminar or want to learn more about FiF programming? Feel free to email us at  You can also follow us on Instagram at @fifcolumbia.


Fall 2023 First-in-Family First-Year Seminar Schedule (Seminar starts at 10am | In-person location, 403 Lerner Hall. Other sessions on Zoom 

The FiF First Year Seminar will hold in-person and virtual sessions throughout the term.  A link will be provided to those students enrolled for all Zoom sessions. 

Friday, September 15: Introduction to the First-in-Family First-Year Seminar and CC & SEAS Academic Overview

Friday, September 22: Train Your Brain: The Science of Time Management

Friday, October 6: Writing 101: Writing Practices for Success (ft. the Writing Center)

Friday, October 20: First-Generation College Student Reflections Workshop

Friday, November 3: Connecting with Faculty Panel Discussion

Friday, November 17: Global Opportunities and Study Abroad

Friday, December 1: Prepping for Finals


Fall 2023 First-in-Family General Events & Outings

Sunday, August 27: FiF First Year Welcome Reception

Friday, September 29: Welcome Back Picnic (location TBD)

October – November: Theater Outings at the SoHo Rep & Signature Theater, Peer Advisor Workshops, and Career Outings (dates TBD).

Tuesday, October 31: Fall Festival, 403 Lerner Hall

Wednesday, December 13: Study Break, 403 Lerner Hall

FiF will also be collaborating with several partner offices across Columbia’s campus this year, so please check back for more updates. You can also follow us on Instagram at @fifcolumbia for updates, events, and giveaways.





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

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

An Advisor of the Day is available by phone or in person Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.