During the week prior to NSOP, first-year students entering Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science may opt to participate in one of our three pre-orientation programs: the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP - pronounced "coh-op"), the Columbia Urban Experience (CUE), and the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP). Barnard College and General Studies/Jewish Theological Seminary Joint Program students may apply to participate in CUE. All programs provide amazing opportunities to meet other first-year students and share in a common experience. Applications for all three programs open May 1.
The Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP) is a pre-orientation program for first-year students in Columbia College (CC) and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). COÖP is designed to help build connections with other first-year and current students through a four-day outdoor camping experience. The COÖP experience is divided into three trips, hiking (HOP), biking (BOP), and river canoeing (ROP), each of which pairs a small group of first-year students with several current students, who serve as trip leaders. The leaders act as mentors for the first-year students, ensure safety on the trip, and create a comfortable environment in which first-year students can ask questions, express concerns, and get to know one another. All incoming CC/SEAS first-year students can apply to participate in COÖP regardless of past camping, biking, hiking, or canoeing experience.
Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) is a week-long, pre-orientation program offering newly admitted students the opportunity to engage in community service throughout the city before classes begin in September. First-year students engage in thoughtful dinner discussions and participate in night activities that include poetry slams, desserts at local cafes, visits to museums, outdoor movies, jazz concerts, and much more. Participants in CUE form long lasting friendships and continue to contribute to the program through graduation. CUE is open to first-year students in Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies/Jewish Theological Seminary Joint Program and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is designed to help international students in Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science comfortably transition into the Columbia University community before New Student Orientation Program week. Combining informational events, exciting city outings, and tight-knit mentoring with program leaders, pre-orientation will give you the opportunity to fully explore and understand your new home while taking care of the basics needed for a comfortable undergraduate experience.