CUE is a selective program as there is a high interest from incoming first-years and we only accept 49 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.
All incoming first-year students from 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.
Each night, CUE participants select their preferred New York City activity from four amazing options. 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.
Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) participants spend the week with a team of three to five other participants and one student leader, working at one of our service sites. They select their preferred non-profit site on the first day of the program, which they have already received descriptions of earlier in the summer. CUE-ers also engage in article-based discussions on critical and ethical perspectives of responsible service. Each evening, participants explore NYC with free night activities!
There are no shuttle services from campus, but cabs are readily available. Let your driver know you need to go to "Columbia University at 116th and Amsterdam." If you are traveling from the Newark, JFK, or LaGuardia airports, it is possible to use a variety of buses and trains to get to the University. Be mindful that this route will take some time and may involve multiple modes of transportation.