What is orientation like for transfer and combined-plan students?
Between Tuesday, September 1, 2015, and Monday, September 7, 2015, transfer students will enjoy a number of transfer-specific academic and social programs, including brunches, student panels, advising sessions, and joint outings in the city with Barnard and Columbia transfer students. Your orientation group of 10-12 students will consist only of transfers, combined-plan students, and visitors. In addition, most social events during orientation are open to transfers, as well as first-year students. You will receive transfer orientation highlights in the packet that will be sent to you in the summer.
Where can I get more information and connect with other transfer and combined-plan students?
Join the Transfer, Visiting, and Combined Plan Facebook group, and bookmark the newsletters geared towards transfer, visiting, and combined-plan students.
When do I move in, and where do I check in?
Move-in day for transfer and combined-plan students is Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Check-in will start at 9:00 a.m. and go until 1:00 p.m. All students, whether or not they live on campus, need to check in at the tent in front of Hamilton Hall. Combined-plan students who are living in Carlton Arms should head there first and then come to campus.
Are shuttle services offered from the NYC airports to campus? Can I get to campus by taking public transportation?
There are no shuttle services from campus, but cabs are readily available. Let your driver know you need to go to "Columbia University at 116th and Amsterdam." If you are traveling from the Newark, JFK, or LaGuardia airports, it is possible to use a variety of buses and trains to get to the University. Be mindful that this route will take some time and may involve multiple modes of transportation. Please visit http://www.hopstop.com or http://mta.info and use the "trip planner" tool to get a route to campus. Enter "Columbia University Main Campus" as your destination address.
What should I do if I must arrive before September 1, 2015?
If you must arrive before the program move-in date, are not participating in a special program, and do not have special permission from the Housing Office, you will need to secure off-campus accommodations. A list of area hotels and other options is avilable on the Columbia University Travel Portal.
What events will be happening during orientation week?
You will receive a schedule upon arrival but may refer back to this website for periodic updates.