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Updates Regarding 2021 Fall Orientation

Incoming Students – The Class of 2025 will hear more about their New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) experience in June through the Countdown to Columbia series. Move-in day for first year students will be Sunday, August 29. Programming will run through Monday, September 6.

Transfer, Visiting, and Combined Plan Students new to Columbia in Fall 2021 – Students who are joining us as new transfer, visiting or combined plan students in Fall 2021 will be invited to move in on Tuesday, August 31 to begin their orientation programming. Programming will run through Monday, September 6.

Transfer, Visiting, and Combined Plan Students who entered Columbia in Fall 2020 - Students who are returning to Columbia in Fall 2021 after entering as a Transfer, Visiting, or Combined Plan student in Fall 2020 are invited to move in on Tuesday, August 31. Optional orientation programming will be available to this population of students through Monday, September 6.

Sophomores - Students who are joining us as sophomores will be invited to move in on Wednesday, September 1 and are invited to participate in optional sophomore and multi-year community programming during NSOP. Programming will run through Monday, September 6.

International Students – We will offer webinar(s) for international students as move-in day approaches. Additionally, orientation experiences tailored to international students will occur during the week of NSOP to aid them in their transition to our community.  

All Students – Be sure to activate your UNI to receive future email updates, and visit Countdown to Columbia later this summer for more information. 

We look forward to welcoming our new students to Columbia this August!

About Orientation

Columbia's New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) is your first opportunity to experience life at Columbia as a student! NSOP will help you to feel at home in Morningside Heights, become familiar with the academic and co-curricular opportunities, learn about campus traditions, understand how to access campus resources and support services and meet the Columbia community.

NSOP, required for all new students, begins your transition to the excitement, opportunities and rigor of campus life. It is the first step of many designed to help you acclimate.

Specifically, the program aims to:

  • Transition students both academically and socially
  • Develop a sense of pride and school spirit
  • Welcome and introduce students to New York City
  • Help students gain an understanding of the diverse, inclusive community at Columbia as well as all the available resources and forms of support on campus



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