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Family Orientation

Family Orientation 2016

Welcome, parents and families of the Class of 2020! Family Engagement is looking forward to officially welcoming you and your student to campus during Family Orientation 2016. Please view our full printed schedule online.

All Columbia College and Columbia Engineering family members are invited to join us for Family Orientation activities and workshops, designed to welcome you to the Columbia family and give you great information about the offices, resources, and staff with whom your student will closely work.

Download the app for android devices or Apple products to get instant notifications and updates about programming, easily track which events you'd like to attend, and access maps and other resources. After downloading, open the app and select the "Columbia Family Orientation 2016" guide.

Families of first-year students

First-year students will move-in on either Sunday, August 28 or Monday, August 29. Your student's arrival date is assigned by Columbia Housing and is based on his/her distance from campus. Family Orientation runs coincident with move-in and will conclude with the Convocation ceremony on Monday afternoon, August 29. If your student is participating in a pre-orientation program, s/he will move in on an earlier date. We would be very happy to have you attend Family Orientation, but we understand that this is not feasible for all, and we will be in touch via email regarding opportunities for you to connect with Family Engagement in-person.

Sunday, August 28*

*On this day, programming will be provided for families of students who must move in a day early due to the distance between their primary residence and campus. 

Time Activity Title or Presenting Office
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Check-in/Registration
12:00-5:00 p.m. Shopping Trips to Bed, Bath & Beyond (transportation provided)  
12:00-12:45 p.m. Student Financial Services
12:00-12:45 p.m. International @ Columbia
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Columbia Dining
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Columbia Health: Parents as Partners
2:00-2:45 p.m. Beyond the Gates: Academics Abroad
2:00-2:45 p.m. Student Life on Campus
3:00-3:45 p.m. Berick Center for Student Advising Presentation
3:00-3:45 p.m. Financial Aid: Your Student's Financial Life 
4:00-4:45 p.m. Counseling and Psychological Services
4:00-4:45 p.m. Columbia Health: Responsible Community @ Columbia

Monday, August 29

Time Activity Title or Presenting Office 
7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Check-in/Registration
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Shopping trips to Bed Bath & Beyond (transportation provided)
9:30-10:15 a.m. LGBTQ@Columbia
9:30-10:15 a.m. Counseling and Psychological Services
10:30-11:15 a.m. Beyond the Gates: Academics Abroad
10:30-11:15 a.m. Center for Career Education
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Columbia College Faculty Lecture with David Helfand, Professor of Astronomy
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Columbia Engineering Faculty Lecture with Kristin Myers, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
12:00-2:00 p.m. Family Luncheon
1:00-1:45 p.m. Berick Center for Student Advising Presentation
1:00-1:45 p.m. Financial Aid: Your Student's Financial Life
2:30-4:00 p.m. Convocation
4:30-6:30 p.m. Please join us at a reception for families after saying "farewell, for now!" to your student


Families of transfer, visiting, or combined plan students

Tuesday, August 30

TBD  Informational Panel for TVC Families
1:30-3:00p.m. TVC Welcome Event & Reception

Family Engagement


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Fax: (212) 854-0470

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