New Student Orientation

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

Monday, January 4 - Sunday, January 10, 2021

Register for Mandatory New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation Program is mandatory for all entering students. The week includes a series of 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 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.

    Spring 2021 New Student Welcome Ceremony 

    Spring 2021 New Student Welcome Program

    Spring 2021 Orientation Event Details

    GS Orientation will be disseminated through a combination of modalities:

    • Independently reviewed materials available through CourseWorks, our University learning system. These materials include pre-recorded presentations, resource handouts, and worksheets
    • Interactive workshops, panels, meet & greets, and socials via Zoom on Monday, January 4 - Sunday, January 10, 2021

    Access the GS Orientation CourseWorks page. If you do not have access, please email gsorientation@columbia.edu

    Note: The list of live Zoom sessions is within Courseworks.

    Pre-Recorded CourseWorks Presentation Highlights 

    • Navigating Online Resources
    • Academic Resources (Decoding the Syllabus, Long Term Academic Planning)
    • Health & Wellbeing (Fostering Resilience, Columbia Health Information Presentation)
    • Getting Involved (GS Student Life, University Life)
    • Beyond Columbia (Alumni Relations, Center for Career Education)

    Mandatory Orientation Schedule

    Monday, January 4 - Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Register for Mandatory New Student Orientation

    •  Independently Reviewed Materials via CourseWorks:
      • Implicit and Explicit Bias Training Part I: Video Presentation*
      • Academic Integrity Training*
      • University Life Campus Compact*
    • Live Virtual Presentations
      • New Student Welcome Ceremony
      • Title IX Information Session**
      • Step UP! Preventing Sexual Assault and Violence through Bystander Intervention Session**
      • Group Meeting with Your Academic Advisor
    • Live Virtual Discussions
      • Implicit and Explicit Bias Training Part II: Discussion**
        • Students will be required to attend one session.

    *Complete in CourseWorks.

    **Register for this in CourseWorks.

    Monday, January 4 - Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Register for Mandatory New Student Orientation

    •  Independently Reviewed Materials via CourseWorks:
      • Implicit and Explicit Bias Training Part I: Video Presentation*
      • Academic Integrity Training*
      • University Life Campus Compact*
    • Live Virtual Presentations
      • New Student Welcome Ceremony
      • Title IX Information Session**
      • Step UP! Preventing Sexual Assault and Violence through Bystander Intervention Session**
      • Group Meeting with Your Academic Advisor
    • Live Virtual Discussions
      • Implicit and Explicit Bias Training Part II: Discussion**
        • Students will be required to attend one session.

    *Complete in CourseWorks.

    **Register for this in CourseWorks.

    Orientation Events

    Pre-Recorded CourseWorks Presentation Highlights 

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    • Navigating Online Resources
    • Academic Resources (Decoding the Syllabus, Long Term Academic Planning)
    • Health & Wellbeing (Fostering Resilience, , Columbia Health Information Presentation)
    • Getting Involved (GS Student Life, University Life)
    • Beyond Columbia (Alumni Relations, Center for Career Education)

    Live Session Highlights during Week of Orientation 

    Monday, January 4 - Sunday, January 10, 2021

    In addition to Mandatory New Student Orientation, GS hosts Orientation Week to help new students learn more about student life, providing support to aid in the transition to Columbia University.

    Please login to CourseWorks for more information.

    Incoming School of General Studies students are invited to attend a half-day virtual orientation aimed at introducing international students to the resources and support available at Columbia. At this program you will learn how to create a meaningful and balanced lifestyle as you navigate Columbia.

    Friday, January 8, 2021
    9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET

    Register



    Welcome from Dean Rosen-Metsch and Dean O’Connell
    Welcome remarks will be made by Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of the School of General Studies, and Stephen O’Connell, Assistant Dean of Students.

    Understanding U.S. (Virtual) Education System 
    Learn how the U.S. education system functions, how to interact with classmates, professors, and TAs, and what academic integrity means in the U.S. and at Columbia.

    Q&A with ISSO 
    Staff from the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will provide you with useful information regarding maintaining your status as an international student while studying, traveling, and working. This session is only for those in F-1 or J-1 Status.

    Student Meet and Greet
    Join international student Orientation Leaders in small breakout rooms where they will share their Columbia experiences with you highlighting advice on how to successfully transition to Columbia and GS as an international student.

    Final Welcome from Dean Delva 
    Closing remarks will be made by Marlyn Delva, Dean of Students.

    Incoming School of General Studies student veterans are invited to attend a half-day virtual orientation designed to introduce military veteran and NROTC students to the resources available to them in support of their transitions from the armed forces to student life at Columbia.

    Friday, January 8, 2021
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET

    Register



    Welcome Remarks for Incoming Students
    Welcome remarks will be made by Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of the School of General Studies, Marlyn Delva, Dean of Students, David Keefe, Senior Assistant Dean for Veteran Initiatives, and GS Veteran Alumna Rachel Ballew ’20.

    Student Veterans Panel: Transitioning from Service to School
    Current students will share their experiences about transitioning to school in this student-run panel, moderated by current MilVets President, Nik Wendling.

    Student Meet & Greet 
    Join GS Veteran OLs, Mentors, and Student Group Leaders in small breakout rooms to get to know other incoming student veterans.

    Veterans Health and Wellness Presentation and Q&A
    Learn about Columbia Health Services and their specific resources for student veterans.

    Veterans Educational Benefits Presentation
    GS and Columbia University representatives will present information about the VA’s Post-9/11 GI Bill, Readiness and Employment program, and additional educational benefits.

    Incoming students are invited to attend a virtual orientation aimed at introducing students in the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po, the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University, and the Dual BA Program between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University to the resources and support available at Columbia.

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    9- 11 a.m. ET

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    Welcome from Dean Rosen-Metsch & Dean Delva
    Welcome remarks will be made by Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of the School of General Studies, and Marlyn Delva, Dean of Students.

    Strategies for a Seamless Transition, Academic Advising Overview 
    This session will include a discussion and question-and-answer session pertaining to academic planning details unique to students in our International Dual Degree Programs.

    Student Panel & Social 
    Join us for a panel discussion with dual degree and joint program students who will share their Columbia experiences with you.

    Monday, January 4, 11:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST

    • New Student Welcome Ceremony (9:30 - 11 a.m. EST)
    • Welcome Remarks and Faculty Lecture with Professor James Colgrove, Dean of the Postbac Premed Program (11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST)
    • Dean of Students Office Resource Presentation (12:30 - 1:30 p.m. EST)
    • Alumni & Student Panel (1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST)

    Register

    Orientation Accessibility Statement

    The School of General Studies is committed to providing a New Student Orientation experience that is accessible for all. If you have any questions, or would like to request accommodations for our program, please e-mail gsorientation@columbia.edu.  We also strongly recommend that you register with the Office of Disability Services at disability@columbia.edu, as they will be able to assist with comprehensive accommodations for GS Orientation and for your full Columbia experience.