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Do I need any money during orientation?

Your orientation fee covers the cost of the program. However, you may want additional money for special events, subway rides, and off-campus dining.

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My parents plan on staying in NYC beyond my move-in day. Will I have time to hang out with them?

While it is common to have family members stay in NYC for an extended amount of time to sightsee and/or visit other family and friends, the week of orientation is packed with mandatory and social programs and affords little time much else. It is a vital opportunity to learn the Columbia ropes, make connections, and build friendships within your new undergraduate community.

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I have a disability. How will my needs be accommodated during orientation?

We have an incredible Office of Disability Services here at Columbia! Students are strongly encouraged to contact the office to discuss any disabilities prior to NSOP, to prepare for orientation week and the academic year. Please email the office by late July.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How do I set up a bank account?

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

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Global Ambassador Program Application

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! 

Applicant Information
Please answer the question in the format of "X years Y months."
Please answer the question in the format of "X years Y months."
Please answer the question in the format of "X years Y months."
Involvement and Activities
Please Respond to the Following Questions:
Suggested length: 200 words minimum; 500 words maximum. Word limit is not as important as being thoughtful and complete.
Suggested length: 200 words minimum; 500 words maximum. Word limit is not as important as being thoughtful and complete.
Suggested length: 200 words minimum; 500 words maximum. Word limit is not as important as being thoughtful and complete.
Suggested length: 200 words minimum; 500 words maximum. Word limit is not as important as being thoughtful and complete.
Your Preference for Pairing with another Ambassador
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 part of the program. I agree that my academic and disciplinary status may be verified by the Center for Student Advising and the Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards. If I were to be selected to be a part of GAP, I will attend at least 5 monthly events and meet with my paired ambassador at least twice a month during academic year 2015-2016.
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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2015 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:

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Commuter Swipe Access

In fall 2015, currently enrolled CC/SEAS undergraduates who do not live in the residence halls will be able to apply online for swipe access into the CC/SEAS undergraduate residence halls during th

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