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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. 

Applications for programs open in April and close in mid-May. CUE and COÖP have limited spacing and competitive application processes, while ISOP will accept all applicants. Applications for CUE and COOP are currently closed. Applications for ISOP will continue on a rolling basis until Wednesday, August 16.  Applications received after May 19 are not eligible for fee waivers. Email for more information. 

A limited number of full and partial fee waivers are available to students who demonstrate financial need, as verified through the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing. Priority will be given to students with the highest levels of financial need.


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 experiemental education techniques to build connections between incoming first-years 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 expereince. 


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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