Columbia College | Columbia Engineering

Undergraduate Student Life

First-Year Students (NSOP)

What is NSOP?
The New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) is a required program for all undergraduate students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering.

When does NSOP officially begin?

NSOP officially begins on Monday, August 31, 2015.  However, some students will move-in on Sunday, August 30, 2015.  Please see the below for you specific move-in date based on your primary residence. 

When can I arrive on campus?

Students with primary residence in the following locations will move in on Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Puerto Rico, Guam and Countries other than the U.S.

Students with primary residence in the following locations will move in on Monday, August 31, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia.

How do I register for NSOP?
You will receive a link to register for NSOP in the email with your housing assignment, to be sent in late June.  When registering for NSOP, you will select a two hour block of time you plan to move into your residence hall. You will have about one month to complete the registration. 

Are there shuttle services from local airports to campus?
There are no shuttle services from the airport to campus, but cabs are readily available. Ask the driver to take you to "Columbia University at 116th and Broadway."

When will I receive information about moving in if I'm participating in COÖP, CUE, or the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)?
If you're participating in one of these special programs, you'll get an email informing you of your acceptance and your alternate move-in date.

What should I do if I must arrive before NSOP?
If you must arrive before the general move-in date, are not participating in a special program, and do not have special permission from the Housing Office, you will need to secure off-campus accommodations. A list of area hotels and other options is avilable on the Columbia University Travel Portal.

Where can I learn about academic advising?
Please visit the Center for Student Advising site.

How long does NSOP last?
NSOP concludes on September 7, 2015.

What events will be happening during NSOP?
You will receive a schedule upon arrival but may refer back to this website for periodic updates.

Will there be an orientation program for families and parents?
Yes! Please visit the Family Engagement website for more information.

Where can I learn more about housing, dining services, health services, and other resources on campus?
Please visit the New Student website. It also provides a checklist of the actions you must take to complete requirements by given deadlines to prepare for your move to campus.

How do I update my address on record?
Once you establish your Columbia email login, also known as your UNI, you will log on to Student Services Online (SSOL) to change your address. For any issues in creating your account, please email



505 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-3611

Fax: (212) 854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Student Groups & Events

Get your student group news and event information and manage your group memberships.