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First-Year Students (NSOP)

Frequently Asked Questions

New Student Orientation Program (First-year Students)

How do I register for NSOP?

You will receive a link to register for NSOP in the email with your housing assignment, sent in late June.

I heard that I’ll be meeting a lot of new people. Do you have any tips on how to remember everyone’s name?

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.

What events will be happening during NSOP?

Get a sneak pick of the 2015 NSOP Schedule Book.pdf!

To have the schedule on a mobile device, visit the app store to download Guidebook.  From there, search “Columbia University and Barnard College Orientation 2015” and download the guide.  You can also find it direclty on their website


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.

What should I do if I'm coming from far away and can't pack everything?

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.

When does NSOP officially begin and end?

NSOP officially begins on Monday, August 31, 2015, and ends on Monday, September 7, 2015.

When may 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, 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.

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.

Where can I learn about resources on campus, like housing, dining, and health services?

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.

Will I have time to relax during orientation week?

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!

Will there be an orientation program for families and parents?

Yes! Please visit the Family Engagement website for more information.

Will there be anyone to answer my questions during orientation week?

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.



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