GS Planning Day

GS Planning Day

Congratulations on your acceptance to GS!

GS Planning Day is a series of events designed to assist students in making a smooth transition to Columbia University. The activities planned during GS Planning Day will give you the chance to meet other GS students, find out more about financing your education, familiarize yourself with the Morningside Heights campus, and begin to acquaint yourself with the undergraduate degree program. 

Academic Planning Session (APS)

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

  • mandatory for all new students
  • a prerequisite for meeting with an academic advisor and registering for classes.

During the APS, students will review the general academic requirements, the registration and advising process, and other policies they will need to know as a GS student.

Important Registration Information

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

Students cannot attend an APS until they have formally accepted the offer of admission, signified by returning the Acceptance Reply Form along with a $500 tuition deposit. In order to assign students an academic advisor who will register them for courses, these items must be received two weeks prior to attending an APS.

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

To complete the registration process, students will need their Columbia University ID (CUID) provided in the Admissions Packet. Only one APS can be registered for at a time. If an APS registration needs to be canceled, refer to the confirmation email, which provides a URL to make the cancellation. Then return to this page to register for a new APS.

Students who have problems registering for an APS should email

Out-of-Town Students

Students who live outside the tri-state area and plan to make a special trip to New York to attend GS Planning Day and the APS can request to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor for the day after the APS. To make this request, please email and provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your CUID (found in your Admissions Packet)
  • The date for which you have registered for an APS (and received a confirmation email)
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address

If students have not registered for an APS online, an appointment with an advisor cannot be scheduled. While a next day appointment is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accomodate you. There are no same day appointments.

While it is required to attend one of the scheduled Academic Planning Sessions, if traveling to Columbia before the start of the New Student Orientation Program would create a significant hardship, please email the Dean of Students Office to inquire about alternatives.

Optional Planning Day Events

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

Tuesday Planning Days

Academic Planning Session (mandatory)
10 - 11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Student-Led Campus Tour
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Financial Aid Workshop
2 - 2:45 p.m.

Thursday Planning Days

Student-Led Campus Tour
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Academic Planning Session (mandatory)
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Financial Aid Workshop
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.