The CUE Mission
Connect with Your Campus
MEET other first-year students who share common interests and develop bonds that will last far beyond the duration of the week. CUE provides an intimate setting in which new students form friendships that last a lifetime. Morover, CUE fosters a strong sense of mentorship among first-year students and upperclassmen leaders who become friends, confidants and a strong support network.
Connect with Your Community
VOLUNTEER during the week at one of ten sites, such as the Planned Parenthood of NYC, We Act for Environmental Justice and New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Each site is chosen to familiarize and expose CUE-ers with the diverse social needs of New York City and its inhabitants. CUE-ers volunteer alongside three to five other first-years and one leader each day. CUE also emphasizes "service learning" through nightly dinner discussions facilitated by CUE leaders.
ENGAGE in discussions on contemporary issues such as gentrification, the NYC education system, poverty and privilege. By critically examining these issues on an academic and direct-service level, students can achieve a more nuanced appreciation for the work they do throughout the week and beyond.
Connect with Your City
EXPLORE New York City. Connect with the New York City community on several levels, both through service and by exploring all that NYC has to offer! Working and serving diverse communities through our CUE sites, students connect with the city on a personal level. Additionally, every night CUE-ers select one of four amazing social programs and travel throughout the city during free night activities. CUE-ers see New York’s best attractions, including excursions to Bryant Park, the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater, the Nuyorican Poets Café, Yankee Stadium, and the Brooklyn Bridge. CUE-ers end the week with our infamous scavenger hunt, which introduces participants to activities in all five boroughs of the city.
Program Application Information
Applications open on Friday, May 1 and are due Sunday, May 31 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. To complete the application, please follow this link. Please see the program questions for CUE below; it is recommended that you review the questions and develop your answers before accessing the application. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. What do you want to take away from your CUE experience? (300 word maximum)
2. Why is participating in community service important to you? (300 word maximum)
3. Please describe any meaningful community service or community leadership experiences you've had or tell us about any projects you might like to undertake at Columbia. (300 word maximum)
4. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be and why? (200 word maximum)
5. Write, draw, film, record, compose, create, or build something. Let us learn something about you. (Please, no college essays!) Limit your piece to 1 page or up to 2 minutes of video (to be uploaded).