New Student Orientation

Students smiling in the audience at the New Student Welcome during Orientation

Monday, August 26 - Sunday, September 1, 2019

Register for Mandatory New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation Program is mandatory for all entering students. The week includes a series of extended events that provide an introduction to the stimulating intellectual and social environment at Columbia, as well as the abundant resources available at GS and the University. One of the primary goals of Orientation is to help students navigate the University environment and meet fellow incoming students.

The New Student Orientation Program is designed to:

  • Familiarize students with the standards of the University and principles of our academic community
  • Help students navigate the Columbia campus and identify the many resources available
  • Present tips and key information that will make students' first days at Columbia, and their transition to GS, go smoothly
  • Introduce students to advisors and important resources critical to their personal and academic success at Columbia
  • Provide the opportunity to meet other new and continuing GS students, many of whom will become part of a network of support while at Columbia
  • Acquaint students with the history and traditions of GS within the context of Columbia’s history
  • Provide students with the opportunity to meet peers in Barnard College, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering.
  • Share a portrait of the incoming class in all its diversity and richness as new students are welcomed into the vibrant GS community

For questions regarding Orientation, please contact gsorientation@columbia.edu.

Mandatory Orientation Schedule

Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Register for Mandatory New Student Orientation

Monday, August 26, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Breakfast with Fellow Students
  • New Student Welcome
  • Group Meeting with Your Academic Advisor
  • Step UP!: Preventing Sexual Assault and Violence through Bystander Intervention
  • Lunch with Fellow Students
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions & GS Student-led Panels
  • Welcome Party (optional)

Tuesday, August 27, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Breakfast with Fellow Students (optional)
  • Individual Responsibility and Community Standards
  • Academic Resource Center (ARC) Information Session 
  • Focus on the Financials
  • Lunch with Fellow Students (optional)

For a full schedule of Orientation Week events, we encourage you to download our Guidebook Orientation app, which will be available soon.

International Dual and Joint Degree Program Students

Friday, August 23, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

In addition to Mandatory New Student Orientation, incoming students in the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po, the Dual BA Program between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University, and the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University are required to attend a full-day orientation aimed at introducing students to the resources and support available at Columbia.

There will be a break in the program from 1 - 5 p.m. to allow students to attend the International Students Orientation Program, if applicable.

Full Schedule

Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Register for Mandatory New Student Orientation

Monday, August 26, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Breakfast with Fellow Students
  • New Student Welcome
  • Group Meeting with Your Academic Advisor
  • Lunch with Fellow Students
  • Step UP!: Preventing Sexual Assault and Violence through Bystander Intervention
  • Faculty Panel with Professors in the Sciences
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions & GS Student Panels
  • Welcome Party (optional)

Tuesday, August 27, 1 - 7 p.m.

  • Lunch with Fellow Students (optional)
  • Academic Resource Center (ARC) Information Session
  • Individual Responsibility and Community Standards
  • Focus on the Financials
  • New Student Pizza and Speed Meeting Party (optional)

For a full schedule of Orientation Week events, we encourage you to download our Guidebook Orientation app, which will be available soon.

Additional Orientation Events

Monday, August 26 - Sunday, September 1

In addition to Mandatory New Student Orientation, GS hosts a week-long series of Orientation events to help new students learn more about the life of a GS student. From information sessions about financial aid and study abroad to social events and campus tours, Orientation Week provides additional support to aid students in the transition to Columbia University.

Downloads

Undergraduate New Student Orientation Program Schedule

Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program New Student Orientation Program Schedule

Friday, August 23, 2019, 1 - 5 p.m.

Register

Incoming international students are invited to attend a half-day orientation that will introduce them to the resources and support available at Columbia and share strategies for creating a meaningful and balanced lifestyle while navigating the University.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 20 at 5 p.m.

Friday, August 30, 9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Register

Incoming military veteran and NROTC students are invited to attend a half-day orientation that will introduce them to the resources available to support their transitions from the armed forces to student life at Columbia.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 27 at 12 p.m

Monday, August 26, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register

Parents and families of incoming School of General Studies students are invited to attend a half-day orientation aimed at introducing them to the community and resources available to their students in support of their transition to student life at Columbia. The day includes a student/alumni panel, lunch with Dean Rosen-Metsch, a student-led campus tour, and more. Separate registration is required for each attending family member.

Save the Date!

Friday, October 18
Family Days Luncheon and State of the School of General Studies

Saturday, October 19
Columbia Homecoming Tailgate with GS Development and Alumni Relations