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What events will be happening during orientation week?

You will receive a schedule upon arrival but may refer back to this website for periodic updates.

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What should I do if I must arrive before September 1, 2015?

If you must arrive before the program 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 avilable on the Columbia University Travel Portal.

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What do CUE participants eat?

Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during CUE are provided by Dining Services.

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Where do CUE participants sleep?

Participants receive on-campus housing during the week.

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When does CUE happen?

Sunday, August 23 - Sunday, August 30, 2015

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How selective is CUE?

There is a high interest from incoming first-years, and we can only accommodate 55 participants. For this reason, we encourage anyone interested in CUE to demonstrate why they would be a good fit for the program as candidly and thoroughly as possible in their application.

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When is the application due?

All applications are due Sunday, May 31, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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Who can apply to CUE?

All incoming first-year students from Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies/Jewish Theological Seminary Joint Program and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science are encouraged to apply. At this time, we are not accepting transfer students.

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What are night activities?

Each night, CUE participants select their preferred activity from four amazing options in NYC. Past activities have included outdoor movies at Bryant Park and excursions to Upright Citizen's Brigade Improv Theater, the Nuyorican Poets Café, Yankee Stadium, the Brooklyn Bridge and Magnolia Bakery.

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