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Pre-Orientation Programs

During the week prior to the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP), new students can apply to attend one of 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). All programs provide amazing opportunities to meet other first-year students and share in a common experience. 


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, a four-day camping trip, is an opportunity designed to help incoming students build a community with other first-year and current students. The COÖP experience is divided into three programs, hiking (HOP)biking (BOP), and river canoeing (ROP). Each program pairs a small group of first-year students with current Columbia students who serve as trip leaders and mentors for incoming students. COÖP leaders ensure safety on the trip and work to facilitate a fun and welcoming environment for new students from all backgrounds. 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 for Barnard College, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering students administered by Barnard Student Life and Columbia Student Engagement. CUE exposes students to New York City as well as the unique social issues it faces. Participants in CUE (CUErs) move in on campus a week before New Student Orientation to experience and engage with the New York City community through volunteering at various non-profit organizations. CUErs also participate in nightly article-based discussions and excursions around the city with fellow incoming first-year students.


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, ISOP 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.



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