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2015 Application for Pre-orientation Programs

During the week prior to the New Student Orientation Program, first-year Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students may apply to participate in one of our three pre-orientation programs:

Personal Information
Your UNI (University Network ID) is the log-in name and password used to access many online services at Columbia. It is also the first part of your official Columbia/Barnard email address. For more information, visit
Program Selection

Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP)

The Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (affectionately pronounced "coh-op") is a pre-orientation program for first-year students in Columbia College (CC) and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). All incoming CC/SEAS first year students can apply to participate in COÖP regardless of past camping, biking, hiking, or canoeing experience. The total cost of the program is $450. Check the COÖP webpage for more information about this unique opportunity to meet other first-years and form close friendships, all before orientation begins! Participation will be deciding using on a lottery system.

Columbia Urban Experience (CUE)

CUE is a pre-orientation program offering newly admitted students from Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies/Jewish Theological Seminary Joint Program and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science the opportunity to engage in community service throughout the city before classes begin in September. First-year students engage in thoughtful dinner discussions and participate in night activities that include poetry slams, desserts at local cafes, visits to museums, rooftop movies, jazz concerts, and much more. Participants in CUE form long lasting friendships and continue to contribute to the program through graduation. The total cost of the program is $350. For more information, visit the CUE webpage. Participants will be selected based on the strength of their application.

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)

The International Student Orientation Program is designed to help international students comfortably transition into the Columbia University community before the New Student Orientation Program week. Combining informational events, exciting city outings, and tight-knit mentoring with program leaders, pre-orientation gives students the opportunity to fully explore and understand their new home while taking care of basic necessities needed for a comfortable undergraduate experience. The total cost of the program is $50.00. Acceptance is based on both the number of applications and application content.

Please indicate your first, second, and third program choice below. If you do not have a second or third choice, please select "n/a."


2015 Study Abroad Application for Orientation Leaders

This application should only be completed if you are currently studying abroad in the spring 2015 semseter and want to apply for the 2015 NSOP Orientiation Leader position.

Applicant Information
Available Positions
Short Respones
Please limit your responses to 250 words.
Authorizing Signature
By clicking "Submit" I acknowledge that I am a currently enrolled undergraduate student in Columbia College or The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science in good University standing. I understand that I must remain in good University standing in order to be an orientation leader. I agree that my academic and disciplinary status may be verified by the Center for Student Advising and the Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards. I understand that submitting this application takes the place of my legal signature, and that I affirm all the information contained herein is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.

NSOP Spring 2015 Orientation Leader Statement of Acceptance and Understanding of Expectations

Congratulations on being selected as one of the 2015 Visiting and Exchange New Student Orientation Program’s Orientation Leaders. You are the front line in interacting with the new incoming students; therefore your role is very important in helping their transition to Columbia University.


River Canoeing (ROP)

ROP (Columbia Outdoor River Orientation Program) participants will canoe thirty-five miles down the Delaware River on the New York/Pennsylvania/New Jersey border for four days, alongside six to eig

Biking (BOP)

On the Columbia Outdoor Biking Orientation Program (BOP) participants will complete a “tour de Hudson Valley” as they bike a four day route from Tarrytown, NY, back to the Columbia Campus.

Hiking (HOP)

The Columbia Outdoor Hiking Orientation Program (HOP) is the original and largest of the three programs, with more than 150 students venturing into the wilderness each fall.

Rate Your Orientation Leader!

Is your Orientation Leader (OL) fantastic? Not so great? Let the NSOP Committee and Staff know!

Our goal is to make NSOP the best it can possibly be for new students, and each year is better than the one before because of the feedback we get from students like you! Your opinion can be kept completely anonymous if you like; just fill out and submit this form. Thanks!

*Denotes a required field below

Found on your NSOP name badge.
How would you rate your OL's ability to answer new students' questions?
How would you rate your OL's communication with you about NSOP events?
How would you rate your OL's overall performance?

2014 ISOP Participant Information

General Information
Unisex measurements in inches S - Chest 34”-36” and Waist 30”-32” M - Chest 38”-40" and Waist 32”-33” L- Chest 42”-44” and Waist 33”-34” XL - Chest 46”-48” and Waist 36”-38” 2XL - Chest 48”-50” and Waist 40”-42” 3XL - Chest 50”-52” and Waist 44”-48”
Flight Details
We are asking this information in case you arrive late and we can check with the airlines on the arrival time.
(nonstop flight example: AI191 from BOM to EWR) (connecting flights example: NZ542 from CHC to AKL, NZ2 from AKL to LAX, UA275 from LAX to JFK)
(example: 8/20 at 10:15 AM)
Flight Accompaniment
This is to ensure prompt distribution of Parent and Family programs during Pre-Orientation and Orientation.
Dietary Details
If you have specific needs or concerns, such as food allergies, please reach out to Columbia Dining’s Registered Dietitian, Kristie Koerner, at before arriving on campus.
If you have a disability, you can register with Columbia Disability Services at to receive any support you may need. If you any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Disability Services at or (212) 854-2388.
Emergency Contact


COÖP offers a variety of camping equipment to rent for your outdoor excursion.

Frequently Asked (COÖP) Questions

If your question is not answered below, feel free to email us at or call us at (212) 854-1196.


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