Please note, the CUE program will not be offered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All incoming first-year students from Barnard College, Columbia College and Columbia Engineering are eligible to apply.
Each day, first-year students participate in a variety of workshops focused on social justice topics, activism and inter-group dialogue. Students learn about the Columbia and Barnard communities, the Harlem communities that our campuses are a part of and the larger New York City area they now call home.
Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students move directly into their first-year academic housing assignments on CUE move-in day. However, the program takes place in Special Interest Community (SIC) housing throughout the duration of CUE week. Therefore, academic year housing is not accessible during CUE week. Students are instructed to pack a week’s worth of their belongings to take with them to the SIC house. Barnard student participants stay in the academic housing for the entirety of the week. Specific move-in and packing information will be sent to participants once accepted into the program.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by Columbia Dining during CUE.
Once applications are received for all pre-orientation programs, the CUE team reviews the applications from students who indicated an interest in CUE. Often, the process yields more interest than there are available spots, and, as a result, each year there are students that the program is not able to accept. CUE accepts 40 Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students and 20 Barnard College students.
The program fee for CUE is $350.00, which covers all of your needs during the week of CUE.
A limited amount of funding may be available towards the registration fee for students who demonstrate high levels of financial need, as verified through Financial Aid and Educational Financing. Priority will be given to students with the highest levels of financial need.