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How do I know which level of a math, science, or language class to take?

Placement exams will be given during the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP). You will receive a list of all placement exams during NSOP. For languages, you may consult the Academic Planning Guide to see if AP or SAT II scores place you into either a higher level or place you out of the language requirement.


What should I do if I do not like the time/day a class is offered?

Everyone has their ideal schedule and class time preferences. However, sometimes you have to take classes at a day or time that is not your first choice. You can certainly try to join the waitlist for a section that is more preferable. However, if you are not added to the class from the waitlist, consider taking the class at a different time. Who knows, that class could wind up being your favorite class!


What should I do if the class I want to take is full?

  • Don’t panic! During NSOP and once classes start on September 8, it is likely that more spots will open up as all students finalize their schedules. You will have until Friday, September 18, to continue making changes to your schedule.

I plan to be pre-med. What classes should I take?

A sample schedule may include: General Chemistry I and Calculus I. Please consult the pre-med curriculum for more information. You should also attend the Pre-Health Workshop during the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP).


Incoming Student FAQs

Read on for general Q&A, or skip down to the sections specifically for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Combined Plan

Welcome to the Combined Plan Program at Columbia University.  We hope that you find the below resources helpful as you begin to plan your fall schedule.  If you have any questions, please do not he

ASP - Summer Bridge Program Help Room Tutor Acceptance

The office of Academic Success Programs is pleased to offer you the position of Help Room Tutor for the 2015 Summer Bridge Program, beginning on Monday, July 6, 2015, and ending on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. 

Please indicate your acceptance or rejection of this offer by checking the appropriate response below. In the role of Help Room Tutor, you will be expected to carry out the responsibilities described in your Help Room Tutor Employment Contract.


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