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2017 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:

  • Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP - pronounced "coh-op")
  • Columbia Urban Experience (CUE)
  • International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)

All programs are amazing opportunities to meet other first-year students and share in a common experience.

Personal Information
Gender Identity refers to the labels that we use to describe ourselves. Some examples include woman, man, nonbinary, transgender man, cisgender woman, genderqueer, etc.
Pronouns refer to how a person wants to be referred to in the third person. Examples of pronouns include they/them/theirs, he/him/his, she/her/hers, ze/hir/hirs, and others.
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You'll find your 10-digit Personal ID number (begins "C00") in your electronic admit letter or the decision response instructions in your admit packet. When entering this information , please provide only the nine digits following the "C."
Your UNI (University Network ID) is the log-in name and password used to access many online services at Barnard/Columbia. It is also the first part of your official Barnard/Columbia email address.
Program Selection

Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP): August 22–26

The Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program or COÖP (affectionately pronounced "coh-op") is a four-day outdoor program for first-year students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Students participate in one of three experiences: hiking (HOP) in the Catskill Mountains, biking (BOP) for 150 miles in the tri-state area, and river-canoeing (ROP) on the Delaware River Gap. You can apply to participate in COÖP regardless of past camping, biking, hiking, or canoeing experience. The total cost of the program is $400. Check the COÖP webpage for more information about this unique opportunity to meet other first-years and form close friendships, all before orientation begins!

Columbia Urban Experience (CUE): August 20–27

CUE offers newly admitted students from Barnard College, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering the opportunity to engage in service and social justice throughout the city before classes begin in September. First-year students serve at a New York City non-profit, engage in nightly dinner discussions, and experience the public transportation system with excursions around the city. Participants in CUE form long-lasting friendships and continue to contribute to the program and campus life through graduation. The total cost of the program is $350, and there is financial aid available to cover program fees for those who qualify. For more information, visit the CUE webpage.

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP): August 24–27

The International Student Orientation Program is designed to prepare international students who have limited experience in the U.S. to transition into the U.S. culture, both inside and outside of the classroom, before the week-long New Student Orientation Program begins. ISOP combines informational events, exciting city outings, and tight-knit mentoring. It also gives students the opportunity to fully explore and understand their new home while taking care of basic necessities for a comfortable undergraduate experience. The total cost of the program is $300.00. If you are exploring whether ISOP is the right choice for you, please refer to this document: “Is ISOP right for me?”

Program Preferences

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

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2017 Application for International Student Orientation Program

Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students may apply to the international Student Orientation Program. Please note that applicants who apply after the priority deadline (May 17, 2017) are not eligible for financial aid.

Personal Information
Gender Identity refers to the labels that we use to describe ourselves. Some examples include woman, man, nonbinary, transgender man, cisgender woman, genderqueer, etc.
Pronouns refer to how a person wants to be referred to in the third person. Examples of pronouns include they/them/theirs, he/him/his, she/her/hers, ze/hir/hirs, and others.
C
You'll find your 10-digit Personal ID number (begins "C00") in your electronic admit letter or the decision response instructions in your admit packet. When entering this information , please provide only the nine digits following the "C."
Your UNI (University Network ID) is the log-in name and password used to access many online services at Barnard/Columbia. It is also the first part of your official Barnard/Columbia email address.
International Student Orientation Program (ISOP): August 24-27

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP): August 24–27

The International Student Orientation Program is designed to prepare international students who have limited experience in the U.S. to transition into the U.S. culture, both inside and outside of the classroom, before the week-long New Student Orientation Program begins. ISOP combines informational events, exciting city outings, and tight-knit mentoring. It also gives students the opportunity to fully explore and understand their new home while taking care of basic necessities for a comfortable undergraduate experience. The total cost of the program is $300.00. If you are exploring whether ISOP is the right choice for you, please refer to this document: “Is ISOP right for me?”

Were you here on vacation? For school? Did you travel alone?
Very comfortableSomewhat comfortableNeither comfortable nor uncomfortableUncomfortableVery uncomfortable
Making new friends who share similar background(s) *
Making new friends who share different background(s) *
Moving to begin a life in a new country *
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Class of 2021: Get to know the Pre-Orientation Teams!

Are you interested in applying to COÖP, CUE, or ISOP? Fill out the form below to request a one on one conversation with current program leaders, coordinators, or staff. We'll pair you with someone that can answer your questions best. 

Applications for pre-orientation programs clase May 17, 2017- get started on yours soon

2016 Application for International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)

The International Student Orientation Program is designed to help first-year international students in Columbia College (CC) and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) comfortably transition into the Columbia University community before the New Student Orientation Program week.

Personal Information
Your UNI (University Network ID) is the log-in name and password used to access many online services at Barnard/Columbia. It is also the first part of your official Barnard/Columbia email address.
Gender Identity refers to the labels that we use to describe ourselves. Some examples include woman, man, nonbinary, transgender man, cisgender woman, genderqueer, etc.
Pronouns refer to how a person wants to be referred to in the third person. Examples of pronouns include they/them/theirs, he/him/his, she/her/hers, ze/hir/hirs, and others.
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2016 Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) Application for Barnard College

During the week prior to the New Student Orientation Program, first-year Barnard College students may apply to participate in Columbia Urban Experience (CUE).

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How do I change my address?

Once you establish your Columbia email login, also known as your UNI, you will log on toStudent Services Online (SSOL) to change your address. For any issues in creating your account, please email studentservices@columbia.edu.

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Where can I find the most up-to-date information about Orientation?

This website and page will have the most up-to-date information on New Student Orientation Program 2017. You can also visit our Transfer, Visiting and Combined Plan Student Facebook Page to connect with other new students!

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What events will be happening during Orientation?

To find out what events will take place during the week, check back in early January!

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How long does Orientation last?

Orientation will last from Tuesday, August 29, 2017 through Monday, September 4, 2017.

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