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Family Orientation

Family Orientation 2016

Welcome, parents and families of the Class of 2020! Family Engagement will be in touch with you in the spring and summer of 2016 with newsletters, webinars, and information about your student's move to Morningside Heights.

We are looking forward to officially welcoming you and your student to campus during Family Orientation 2016. Move-in for first-year students will take place Sunday, August 28 and Monday, August 29. Students participating in a program prior to New Student Orientation (NSOP) will have different move-in dates.

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.

To help with your planning, you may wish to review the Family Orientation 2015 program below.


Monday, August 31, 2015*

7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Check-in/RegistrationButler Plaza
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Shopping trips to Bed Bath & Beyond (transportation provided)116th & Amsterdam Ave.
9:30-10:15 a.m.Your Student's Financial LifePupin Hall
9:30-10:15 a.m.Letting Go: Challenges that Students and Families FacePulitzer Hall
10:30-11:15 a.m.Beyond the Gates: Academics AbroadPupin Hall
10:30-11:15 a.m.Responsible Community @ ColumbiaPulitzer Hall
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.Center for Career Education Services and ResourcesPupin Hall
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.Parents as Partners: Supporting the Health of StudentsPulitzer Hall
12:00-2:00 p.m.Family LuncheonHamilton Lawn
1:00-1:45 p.m.Berick Center for Student Advising PresentationPulitzer Hall
1:00-1:45 p.m.LGBTQ @ ColumbiaPupin Hall
2:30-4:00 p.m.Convocation (Live webcast available)Low Plaza (Tented)
4:00-4:15 p.m.Family Farewell (Students begin NSOP programming.)Various
4:30-6:30 p.m.Family ReceptionLow Memorial Library

Sunday, August 30, 2015

*Additional programming, noted below, will be provided for families of students who are invited to move in a day early due to the distance between their primary residence and campus.

8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.Check-in/RegistrationButler Plaza
12:00-5:00 p.m.Shopping Trips to Bed, Bath & Beyond (transportation provided)  

116th & Amsterdam Ave.

12:00-12:45 p.m.International Student Programs and SupportNorthwest Corner Building
1:00-1:45 p.m.Parents as Partners: Supporting the Health of StudentsPupin Hall
2:00-2:45 p.m.Responsible Community @ ColumbiaPupin Hall
2:00-2:45 p.m.Student Life on CampusNorthwest Corner Building
3:00-3:45 p.m.Berick Center for Student Advising PresentationNorthwest Corner Building
4:00-4:45 p.m.Letting Go: Challenges that Students and Families FacePupin Hall
4:00-4:45 p.m.The Intercultural Resource CenterNorthwest Corner Building
3:00-6:00 p.m.Chicago (Tickets required)Ambassador Theatre
7:30-10:30 p.m.Something Rotten (Tickets required)St. James Theatre

The Family Orientation 2015 schedule booklet is also available as a pdf.

Family Engagement


609 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-2446

Fax: (212) 854-0470

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.