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Pre-Orientation Programs

Fall 2021 Update

As the Covid-19 crisis continues, we are unable to host our spring training trip for student leaders and are unsure able the possibility of early arrivals in the fall semester. Given this, and our inability to plan with certainty for fall programs due to continued travel restrictions and other logistical challenges, pre-orientation programs will not take place in the fall of 2021.

Although some city, state and/or University policies regarding social distancing and travel may be lifted by mid-August, our programs would require coordinators to travel and conduct site visits to facilities throughout the summer, and these facilities have yet to determine whether or not they will open for large groups in the fall. Due to this uncertainty, and and in an effort to prioritize the safety of all students, we are unable to move forward with planning these programs this year.

If you applied to the International Student Orientation Program  (ISOP) as one of your options, we will be in touch later in the summer with more details about the programming that will be available.


The Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP) is a four-day outdoor pre-orientation experience for approximately 225 first-year students. COÖP occurs over the four days before the start of the on-campus New Student Orientation Program (NSOP). COÖP is divided into three sub-programs, hiking (HOP), biking (BOP) and river-canoeing (ROP). COÖP is an orientation program that uses the outdoors and experimental education techniques to build connections between incoming first-year students and upperclassmen leaders. These connections then develop into an on-campus community of caring and support throughout the undergraduate experience. Students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering can apply to participate in COÖP, regardless of past hiking, biking, canoeing or outdoors experience. 


Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) is five day, 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. The program is an opportunity to engage in inter-group dialogue around topics of social justice, identity development, activism in New York City and transitioning to their college communities. Students learn about the Columbia and Barnard communities, the Harlem communities that our campuses are a part of and the larger New York City area they now call home. 


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 gives international students the opportunity to fully explore and understand their new home while taking care of the basics needed for a comfortable undergraduate experience.



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