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FAQs About CUE

What is CUE?
Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) participants spend the week with a team of three to five other participants and one leader, working at one of our service sites. They select their preferred site on the first day of the program, which they have already received descriptions of earlier in the summer. CUE-ers also engage in article-based discussions on critical and ethical perspectives of responsible service. Each evening, participants explore NYC with free night activities!

What are night activities?
Each night, CUE participants select their preferred activity from four amazing options in NYC. Past activities have included outdoor movies at Bryant Park and excursions to Upright Citizen's Brigade Improv Theater, the Nuyorican Poets Café, Yankee Stadium, ice cream on the Brooklyn Bridge, cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, and a concert at the Seaport.

Who can apply to CUE?
All incoming first-year students from Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies/Jewish Theological Seminary Joint Program and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science are encouraged to apply. At this time, we are not accepting transfer students.

When will the application be available?
Applications will be available late spring.

When is the application due?
All applications are due early summer.

How selective is CUE?
CUE is a selective program as there is a high interest from incoming first-years and we only accept 55 participants. For this reason, we encourage anyone interested in CUE to demonstrate why they would be a good fit for the program as candidly and thoroughly as possible in their application.

When does CUE happen?
Sunday, August 23rd - Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Where do CUE participants sleep?
CUE participants receive on-campus housing during the week.

What do CUE participants eat?
Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during CUE are provided by Dining Services.

How much does CUE cost?
Our application process is completely need-blind. The program fee for CUE is $350.00 and covers housing, food, transportation, and the cost of night activities during the week of CUE. We offer partial and full financial aid to those who qualify. 

How do I apply for financial aid?
Applicants interested in receiving financial aid should indicate their interest in the Pre-Orientation Common Application.

And, of course, parents/guardians always ask: "Will my son/daughter be safe?"
You betcha! Your son or daughter, who we already like very much simply because of his or her dedication to service, is with a CUE leader at all times, including the service sites, meals, and all night activities. Additionally, getting in contact with him or her is very easy because participants will have access to email.

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