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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 five to six 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 have the option explore NYC with free night activities led by a team leader!

What are night activities?

Each night, CUE participants select their preferred New York City activity from four amazing options. Past activities have included excursions to the Apollo Theater, Hungarian Pastry Shop, Times Square, Magnolia Bakery, Tom's Diner, Upright Citizen's Brigade Improv Theater, the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more.

Who can apply to CUE?

All incoming first-year students from Barnard College, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering are encouraged to apply. At this time, we are not accepting transfer students.

When will the application be available?

Applications will be available April 3.

When is the application due?

Applications are due Wednesday, May 17 at 12 p.m.

How selective is CUE?

CUE is a selective program as there is a high interest from incoming first-years and we only accept 60 participants. For this reason, we encourage anyone interested in service and social justice to demonstrate why they would be a good fit for the program and how the program aligns with their goals.

When does CUE happen?

Sunday, August 20 - Sunday, August 27, 2017

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 program fee for CUE is $350.00 which covers housing, food, transportation, supplies, and the cost of night activities during the week of CUE. Financial aid is available for those that qualify.

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 Barnard/Columbia grant financial aid recipient and would like to be considered for a reduced program participation fee.

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