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Columbia Urban Experince (CUE)

What is Columbia Urban Experience (CUE)?

Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) participants spend the week with a team of three to five other participants and one student leader, working at one of our service sites. They select their preferred non-profit 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 New York City activity from four amazing options. Past activities have included outdoor movies at Bryant Park and excursions to Upright Citizen's Brigade Improv Theater, the Nuyorican Poets Café, Yankee Stadium, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Magnolia Bakery.

Who can apply to CUE?

All incoming first-year students from Columbia College 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 May 2.

When is the application due?

All applications are due Friday, June 3rd, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

How selective is CUE?

CUE is a selective program as there is a high interest from incoming first-years and we only accept 49 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 21 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

Where do CUE participants sleep?

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?

The 2016 program fee for CUE is $350.00 which covers housing, food, transportation, and the cost of night activities during the week of CUE.

How do I apply for financial aid to attend CUE?

Reduced pre-orientation program participation fees may be available for participants with the highest financial need. You will be asked during the program application process if you are a Columbia grant financial aid recipient and would like to be considered for a reduced program participation fee.

And, of course, parents/guardians always ask: "Will my student be safe?"

You betcha! Your student, who we already like very much simply because of their 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 their student is very easy because participants will have access to email.

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