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First-Year Student Orientation

Where can I learn about resources on campus, like housing, dining, and health services?

Please visit the New Student Resources website, which also provides a checklist of the actions you must take to complete requirements by given deadlines to prepare for your move to campus.

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Will there be an orientation program for families and parents?

Yes! Please visit the Family Engagement website for more information. The Convocation ceremony on Sunday, August 30 will conclude at 8:00 p.m. After the event, students will begin their required programming. 

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What events will be happening during NSOP?

The NSOP 2020 schedule will be available in August. 

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What should I do if I must arrive before NSOP?

If you must arrive before the general move-in date, are not participating in a special program and do not have special permission from the Housing Office, you will need to secure off-campus accommodations. A list of area hotels and other options is available on the Columbia University Travel Portal.

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How do I register for NSOP?

By completing all the necessary steps listed in your Countdown to Columbia checklist, you will be automatically registered for NSOP. 

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When does NSOP officially begin and end?

NSOP 2020 will begin on Sunday, August 30. Students who do not apply or are not accepted for a pre-orientation program will move in on this date. NSOP ends on Monday, September 7.

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I heard that I’ll be meeting a lot of new people. Do you have any tips on how to remember everyone’s name?

Don't fret! This is why name badges were invented. Both staff and students will wear one throughout orientation week. They are required for all NSOP events, so people’s names will always be accessible.

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Will I have time to relax during orientation week?

While most days are packed with mandatory programming, we have made a sincere effort to add numerous breaks to the week. To plan your week, we recommend marking required programs, events of interest to you and all of the breaks in your schedule book to make the week seem less hectic. Making time to relax and hang out with your new friends is an important part of NSOP!

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Will there be anyone to answer my questions during orientation week?

The orientation leaders (OLs) are always available to help you. Your resident assistant (RA) will be another invaluable resource for you throughout orientation and the rest of the year. In addition, the NSOP Committee Office will be running an information booth during the week of orientation, and you will also meet with your advising dean.

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