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 be wear one throughout orientation week. They are required for all NSOP events, so people’s names will always be accessible.
You will receive a schedule upon arrival but may refer back to this website for periodic updates.
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.
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 Bed Bath & Beyond during NSOP! You can ship packages to your school address starting two weeks before orientation.
NSOP officially begins on Monday, August 31, 2015, and ends on Monday, September 7, 2015.
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, D.C., and West Virginia.
Students participating in the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP), Columbia Urban Experience (CUE), the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP), or another special program will receive communications regarding move-in directly from the program's organizers.
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 manditory 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.