First-in-Family Programs (FiF) serves Columbia’s first-generation undergraduates (and those that 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


Spring 2023 First-in-Family Events & Outings

Friday, February 3: A BRIGHT NEW BOISE theatre outing

Friday, March 3, Financial Aid Seminar (email: to receive a copy of the presentation)

Friday, March 3, Letters from Max theatre outing (email: for ticket information)

Friday, March 31, Study Abroad Session

Events including career outings, resume building, how to apply for fellowships, and more will be posted soon!




Fall 2022 First-in-Family First-Year Seminar Schedule (Seminar starts at 10am | on Zoom):

The FiF First Year Seminar will be held virtually and a link will be provided to those enrolled. 

Friday, September 16: Introduction to the First-in-Family First-Year Seminar 

Friday, September 30: Train Your Brain: The Science of Time Management

Friday, October 14: Writing 101: Writing Practices for Success (ft. the Writing Center)

Friday, October 28: First-Generation College Student Reflections Workshop

Friday, November 11: Connecting with Faculty Panel Discussion

Friday, November 18: Global Opportunities and Study Abroad

Friday, December 9: Prepping for Finals


FiF Fall 2022 Events - Open to all FiF Students

Time/date and location subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates or email prior to the program to confirm event info. FiF Students will also receive exclusive invites to new shows at various theaters across New York City, including SoHo Rep, The Public Theater, Ars Nova and more!

Friday, October 7, 10:00am: Introduction to the Libraries (CU Libraries)

Friday, October 14, 6-9pm: Theater Outing: Montag @ Soho Rep

Friday, October 28 (time TBD): FiF Football Tailgate @ Baker

Tuesday, October 26 (time TBD): CCE Telling Your Story

Tuesday, December 13, 1-2pm: FiF Study Break


Spring 2023 events include career outings, along with visits form the Undergraduate Global Engagement, Financial Aid (finance seminar) and the Fellowships Office, so stay tuned.





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.