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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 2020 Events


*Friday, September 11, 1p - 2p: Introduction to the First-in-Family First-Year Seminar

*Friday, September 18, 1p - 2p: The First-Gen Journey: Reflections with Dean James J. Valentini

*Friday, September 25, 1p - 2p: Train Your Brain: The Science of Time Management

Friday, October 2, 1p - 2p: Introduction to the Libraries (CU Libraries)

*Friday, October 9, 1p - 2p: Writing 101: Writing Practices for Success (The Writing Center)

*Friday, October 23, 1p - 2p: First-Generation College Student Reflections Workshop (CPS & OMA)

Friday, October 30, 1p - 2p: Spring 2021 Registration - Group Advising

*Friday, November 6, 1p - 2p: Connecting with Faculty Panel Discussion

Friday, November 13, 1p - 2p: Global Opportunities and Study Abroad (UGE)

Friday, November 20, 1p - 2p: Career Day: Google

*Friday, December 4, 1p - 2p: Prepping for Finals

TBA: Career Day / Theater Workshop with the Public Theater


Note: * Indicates event is part of our First-Year Seminar program 

*Part of the FiF First Year Seminar
All events will take place virtually unless otherwise specified.
For info, please email




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

Walk-in Hours  
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.