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How do I get to campus, and where do I park when I arrive?

When you arrive on campus on your move-in day, Public Safety will greet you, guide you to a temporary unloading area, and provide a map to nearby parking garages.


If I've shipped items to campus, where do I pick up my packages?

Students with photo ID can pick up their packages from the mail room. The mail room does not deliver packages to the residence halls. Due to the high volume of packages delivered at the beginning of the semester, there may be a wait of more than a week to access your shipment(s). Please plan to bring with you or to purchase locally anything you'll need in the first 1-2 weeks.


What should I do if I'm coming from far away and can't pack everything?

There are many places near campus where you can purchase toiletries and other supplies for your room. We also offer a free shuttle bus to and from the Bed Bath & Beyond at Lincoln Center (1932 Broadway, New York, NY 10023) during NSOP! You can ship packages to your school address starting two weeks before orientation.


How do I set up a bank account?

Columbia University has a special banking relationship with Santander Bank, and you'll find Santander ATMs on campus. Other banks can also be found within walking distance of the campus.


Global Ambassador Program Application

The application is now closed. If you have any questions about your application, please email GAP Coordinators

Interested in intercultural exchange? Ready to step out of your comfort zone to make new friends and/or learn new cultures? Plan to apply for an international internship? Just Returned from a fabulous study abroad trip and crave for more intercultural experiences? Join the Global Ambassador Program! 


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.
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! Participation will be decided using a lottery system.

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."


Nomination for Graduating Student Speaker at Lavender Graduation

Nominate a graduating student to serve as the Graduating Student Speaker at Lavender Graduation. Both nominations and self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged!

Nomination deadline is Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

If you have any questions about the graduating student speaker at Lavender Graduation, please email us.


2015 ISOP Head OL and OL Information

Please complete the following questions by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 12. The information you submit will be used for the ISOP program book and for preparation for the ISOP OL training. A sample of last year's ISOP booklet was emailed to you for your reference.

Please contact Chia-Ying Pan with any questions about completing this information.

Information for ISOP Booklet
Please put it the way exactly you want to appear in the ISOP booklet.
Please watch this video if you would like to learn more about pronouns in use:
This photo will appear on the ISOP booklet.
Files must be less than 50 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg.
ISOP Logistics Info:
Please provide country code if it is not a U.S. number.

2017 LGBTQIAward Nominations

Thank you for taking the time to nominate someone for an LGBTQIAward. The LGBTQIAwards are an opportunity to nominate and honor Columbia University and Barnard College students, faculty, staff, and alumni for their contributions to the LGBTQ community. Nomination deadline is Sunday, April 9, at 11:59 p.m.

Awards will be given at the Lavender Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. in the Lerner Hall, Room 555.

If you have any questions about the award nominations, please email us.


International Student Advisory Board 2015-2016 Application

International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) applications are due on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be considered. At this moment, the applicaiton is open for first year students only. Upperclass ISAB members were already selected.  

Applicant Information
Involvement and Activities
In addition to any work experience, your resume should include campus involvement. Campus involvement may include student organizations, OMA programs (e.g. SOCLR, LGBTQA Retreat, SisterCircle, CMI), campus leadership positions, office-based programs (e.g. MPE, ELP, COOP, CUE), academic research and teaching, and community service work organized by the University.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Please briefly respond to the following questions.
Suggested length: 200 words minimum; 750 words maximum
You must list THREE (3) issues and state why you think it is important to bring attention to through the ISAB.
Requirements and Verification
I must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student in Columbia College or School of Engineering and Applied Science and in good University standing in order to participate in the ISAB. If I were to be selected as an ISAB member, I will attend retreats/planning meetings at the beginning of each semester, and biweekly meetings that are scheduled for the first and third Fridays from 2-4 pm, during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.
By signing this form, I attest that all the information on this application is accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand that the falsification of any information will result in my immediate disqualification.


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