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2020 Pre-Orientation Program Application

As the COVID-19 crisis and uncertainty around it continues, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) and the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP) and modify the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) for the fall of 2020. Though some city, state and/or University policies regarding social distancing and travel may be lifted by mid-August, our programs 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 prioritizing 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 regarding the programming that will be available. 

During the week prior to the New Student Orientation Program, first-year students may apply to participate in one of our three pre-orientation programs:

  • Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP - pronounced "coh-op")
  • Columbia Urban Experience (CUE)*
  • International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)

All programs are amazing opportunities to meet other first-year students and share in a common experience.

Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students may apply to any or all of the Columbia pre-orientation programs. *Barnard College students may apply to the CUE program. 

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. All students are considered for fee waivers upon application.

Please note that most applicants spend about fifteen minutes completing sections for each program that they plan to apply to. We encourage you to be thorough in your answers, but keep in mind this is not an exam! Be creative and demonstrate your interest in the programs. CUE and COÖP have limited space and a competitive application processes.

The application for the pre-orientation programs will be available through Tuesday, May 19. If you are student that has come off the Columbia wait list after Tuesday, May 19, please email to inquire about applying to one of the programs. 

Applications for ISOP will continue on a rolling basis until Saturday, August 1. Applications received after May 19 are not eligible for fee waivers.



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