GS Planning Day

GS Planning Day

Congratulations on your acceptance to GS!

GS Planning Day involves a series of events designed to assist students in making a smooth transition to Columbia University. The activities planned during GS Planning Day provide incoming GS students the opportunity to interact with one another as well as to meet continuing GS students, learn more about educational financing options, become familiar with the Morningside Heights campus, and begin to acquaint themselves with the undergraduate degree program.

Academic Planning Session (APS)

While most of the GS Planning Day activities are optional, attendance at an APS is:

  • Mandatory for all matriculating students
  • A prerequisite for registering for classes and meeting with an academic advisor

During the Academic Planning Session, a GS advisor will provide an overview of the registration and advising process at GS to a group of incoming students. The core and degree requirements will be introduced in detail along with the relevant policies, website links, and resources needed for students to plan their academic schedules.

Meeting with an Academic Advisor

Students may schedule an appointment to meet with their advisor after they attend an APS. In-person appointments are available, but appointments may also be conducted via phone or Skype.

Important Registration Information

Students cannot attend an APS until they have formally accepted the offer of admission, signified by submitting the Acceptance Reply Form along with a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit. In order to assign students an academic advisor, these items must be received two weeks prior to attending an APS. To submit your acceptance reply form and tuition deposit online using a credit or debit card, please log in to your application profile.

Students are encouraged to attend an APS at their earliest convenience. The sooner students register for classes, the better chance they will have to register for courses that fit both their interests and schedules. Seats are limited for each APS.

Note: Students may register for only one APS at a time. Students who can no longer attend the APS for which they registered must cancel their registration before registering for a new APS. If this is the case, please refer to the confirmation email, which provides a URL to make the cancellation. After the APS has been canceled, please return to this page to register for a new APS.

To complete the registration process, students must have their Columbia University ID (CUID), which is provided in the admissions letter. Students who experience difficulty registering for an APS should email

Planning Days

Registration Deadline: 12 p.m., three business days prior to the session you plan to attend

In addition to the mandatory Academic Planning Session, students will have the opportunity to take a student-led campus tour, meet with a financial aid officer, and attend a meet-and-greet with current GS students.

Remote Academic Planning Sessions

Registration Deadline: 12 p.m., one business day prior to the APS session you plan to attend

Remote Academic Planning Sessions are intended for students who are unable to attend an on-campus Planning Day. They do not include the student-led campus tour, meet-and-greet, or financial aid workshop.