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NSOP 2022: Important Dates

For the incoming class of 2026, NSOP will take place from August 28 to September 5. All students will be assigned a move in day on August 27 or August 28 after they receive their housing assignment.

What to Expect

The New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) for incoming first-year students takes place the week before Labor Day weekend and introduces new students to one another and Columbia’s campus culture. The week begins with Convocation, open to students and families, followed by two-day immersion experiences and on-campus community building.

Convocation

Convocation is the formal celebration of students' arrival at Columbia and the beginning of your undergraduate academic experience. Held on Low Plaza, the event assembles members from the Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and Columbia University community, including family and loved ones who are invited to attend the ceremony with their incoming students.v

The 2022 Convocation ceremony will be held on Aug 28, 2022, following move-in and check-in activities.

Immersion Experiences

NSOP 2022 will introduce new two day Immersion Experiences for all first-year students on Monday and Tuesday of orientation week. Students will create connections with their classmates and begin building their Columbia community before academic programming begins. In June, you will receive a questionnaire that will be used by Orientation team to place you in one of the following themed experiences:

Explore NYC

The Explore NYC program offers students the opportunity to engage with their new home, and all it has to offer. Through exploring the arts, theater, food, and history of the city, students will explore all five boroughs, from the Top of the Rock to the Coney Island boardwalk.

Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program

One of Columbia’s oldest traditions, COÖP provides students with an outdoor experience to get off campus and get outside. Offering both overnight off and on campus programming, students have the opportunity to hike, bike, kayak, and explore nearby outdoor excursions.

Arts and Media

The Arts and Media program celebrates the talents and passions of our artist student communities in dance, theater, music, and visual arts. Students can both participate in and learn about the countless art experiences of New York, and join their peers in exploring their own creative interests.

Community Action, Responsibility and Engagement

CARE allows students to meaningfully engage with one another around topics of social justice, activism, and serving the New York City community Columbians call home. Through workshops, dialogue, and community service, CARE introduces students to the community engagement ecosystem of both Columbia and NYC.

Building Community

Following the Immersion Experiences, NSOP programming during the day will primarily focus on academic and wellness resources on campus. Orientation Leaders will assist students in navigating the schedule for both required and optional programming.

Social programming in the evening will introduce students to the small, unique communities that make up Columbia, as well as the larger undergraduate four school community. Students will also participate in NSOP traditions that have been established over decades!

The NSOP schedule will go live in mid August. Orientation Leaders will reach out for an introductory email in early August. Look out for their message!

 


Additional Program Information

A variety of additional programing will be available for International students and other communities @Columbia. Be on the lookout for these programs when the full NSOP schedule is announced.

International Students

International Students specific programming will begin on International student move in on Saturday, August 27 and span throughout NSOP week and into the weekend before Labor Day. 

Along with other @Columbia communities, International@Columbia will be hosting both required and optional events and excursions for new international students during the week of NSOP. The full schedule of programming will be available later this summer. 

Look out for virtual webinars this summer for opportunities to connect with current international students and ask questions as you prepare for your transition to campus.

First Generation/Low Income (FGLI) Students, LGBTQ Students, Students of Color, and Students with Disabilities

@Columbia communities will be hosting events throughout the week of NSOP to provide an introduction to the resources and opportunities for students of different backgrounds and identities. Join in to learn more about how you can find support and connect with Multicultural Affairs.

 


Countdown to Columbia

Check the Countdown to Columbia website for your to-do list for move-in, orientation, and the start of classes. Explore the site for information, resources, and ways to engage with your new community.

 

 

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