New Student Orientation

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

Monday, January 13 - Sunday, January 19, 2020

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 University standards and principles of our academic community
  • Help students navigate the Columbia campus and identify available resources
  • 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 resources critical to 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 at Columbia
  • Acquaint students with GS traditions within the context of University 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, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Register for Mandatory New Student Orientation

Monday, January 13, 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, January 14, 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.

Monday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Register for Mandatory New Student Orientation

Monday, January 13, 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, January 14, 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, January 13 - Sunday, January 19, 2020

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

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Undergraduate

Postbac Premed

Friday, January 10, 2020
1 - 5 p.m.

Registration Coming Soon

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.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Registration Coming Soon

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.

Monday, January 13, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:15 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 GS 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.