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Parent and Family Programs

Can I sit with my student during the football game?

Students receive complimentary admission to the student seating section by showing their Columbia University ID. However, if you wish for your student to sit with you in general admission seating, you will need to purchase a football game ticket for your student. Check with your student to determine his/her preference.

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What if I just come for Saturday?

Please register if you plan to take advantage of our Saturday offerings (lectures and tours).

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When will the detailed schedule of events be available?

We are working hard to finalize the session titles for the Friday and Saturday programs. The schedule of events will be continuously updated as faculty members and University colleagues confirm their availability. We encourage you to check back often!

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What if my student has exams?

We are aware that some students have midterm examinations during Family Weekend. The date for Family Weekend is determined by Columbia University's Homecoming. We encourage you to speak with your student to learn about any academic or other commitments s/he may have during Family Weekend.

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Will my student attend Family Weekend events with me? Does s/he need a ticket?

If your student's schedule permits, s/he is welcome to attend general admission Family Weekend events and will not need to be registered for Family Weekend. However, if your student plans to take advantage of any additional paid events, you will need to purchase a ticket for your Columbia student during the registration process. Be sure to check with your student in advance and confirm his/her interest.

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Why do I have to pay a fee?

We understand that coming to New York can be expensive. The Family Weekend registration fee helps us to provide you with a quality experience and variety of refreshments and programs.

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What does the Family Weekend registration fee include?

Family Weekend general admission includes all workshops and lectures on Friday and Saturday. The admission fee also includes refreshments and an evening reception on Friday, and a light breakfast on Saturday.

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Days on Campus Panelist Volunteer Interest Form

Do you live in the greater New York metro area? Are you planning a visit for this April? If you answered "yes," we would love to hear from you! Each spring, the Columbia Undergraduate Admissions Office welcomes accepted students and families to Columbia for Days on Campus, an overnight program for students to learn more about life at Columbia. Parents are invited to meet with other families, students, and Family Engagment staff members to talk about the transitions ahead.

Guide to Family Weekend

  • The detailed Family Weekend schedule is available here. The below overview contains at-a-glance information


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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.