You will receive a link to register for NSOP in the email with your housing assignment, sent in late June.
First-Year Students (NSOP)
Frequently Asked Questions
Don't fret! This is why name badges were invented. Both staff and students will wear one throughout orientation week. They are required for all NSOP events, so people’s names will always be accessible.
NSOP planning for fall 2016 is currently underway. The schedule will be posted closer to the date of the program.
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 available on the Columbia University Travel Portal.
There are many places near campus where you can purchase toiletries and other supplies for your room. We also offer a free shuttle bus to and from the Bed Bath & Beyond at Lincoln Center (1932 Broadway, New York, NY 10023) during NSOP! You can ship packages to your school address starting two weeks before orientation.
NSOP officially begins the week before Labor Day on August 29 and runs through September 5.
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.
Please visit the New Student website, which also provides a checklist of the actions you must take to complete requirements by given deadlines to prepare for your move to campus.
While most days are packed with mandatory programming, we have made a sincere effort to add numerous breaks to the week. To plan your week, we recommend marking required programs, events of interest to you, and all of the breaks in your schedule book to make the week seem less hectic. Making time to relax and hang out with your new friends is very important!
Yes! Please visit the Family Engagement website for more information.
The orientation leaders (OLs) are always available to help you. Your resident assistant (RA) will be another invaluable resource for you throughout orientation and the rest of the year. In addition, the NSOP Committee Office will be running an information booth during the week of orientation, and you will also meet with your advising dean.