New Student Orientation

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

Monday, August 31 - Sunday, September 6, 2020

Details Fall 2020 Orientation Set-Up

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.

    Fall 2020 New Student Welcome Ceremony

    Fall 2020 New Student Welcome Program

    Fall 2020 Orientation Event Details

    GS Orientation will be a fully virtual experience disseminated through a combination of modalities:

    • Independently reviewed materials available through CourseWorks, our University learning system, starting in mid-August. These materials include pre-recorded presentations, resource handouts, and worksheets
    • Live, interactive workshops, panels, meet & greets, and socials via Zoom during the week of Monday, August 31 - Sunday, September 6

    The GS Orientation CourseWorks page launched on August 25, 2020. If you do not have access, please email gsorientation@columbia.edu.

    Pre-Recorded CourseWorks Presentation Highlights 

    • Navigating Online Resources
    • Academic Resources (Decoding the Syllabus, Long Term Academic Planning)
    • Educational Finance
    • 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, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    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 prior to Monday, August 31. 

    **Register for this in CourseWorks prior to Monday, August 31. 

    Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    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 prior to Monday, August 31. 

    **Register for this in CourseWorks prior to Monday, August 31. 

    Additional Orientation Events

    Pre-Recorded CourseWorks Presentation Highlights 

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    • Navigating Online Resources
    • Academic Resources (Decoding the Syllabus, Long Term Academic Planning,, University Writing Center)
    • Educational Finance
    • 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, August 31 - Sunday, September 6, 2020

    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.

    Monday, August 31

    • 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
    • Getting to Know Columbia Faculty Panel
    • Premed Faculty Panel
    • OL Group Virtual Social Hour

    Tuesday, September 1

    • Title IX Information Session
    • Step UP! Preventing Sexual Assault and Violence through Bystander Intervention SessionEngaging with the Columbia Core
    • Engaging with the Columbia Core
    • Dean’s Postbac Welcome & Clinical Volunteer Opportunities Student Panel
    • Making the Most of Your Academic Experience: Research, Graduate School, and Fellowships
    • Becoming a Successful Writer at Columbia
    • Implicit and Explicit Bias Training Part II: Discussion
    • New Student Virtual Social

    Wednesday, September 2

    • Dining with the Dean
    • Academic Resource Fair
    • Roadmap to Medical School
    • This Place Called Columbia
    • Alumni Student Connection
    • LGBTQ Meet & Greet (Registration Required
    • Students of Color Meet & Greet (Registration Required)
    • Implicit and Explicit Bias Training Part II: Discussion
    • OL Group Virtual Social

    Thursday, September 3

    • Coffee & Conversation with Dean Colgrove
    • Coffee & Conversation with Dean Delva
    • Postbac Premed Alumni Panel
    • Q&A with Postbac Premed Advisors
    • Columbia Residential, Housing, and GS RA’s Info Session
    • General Studies Student Council Information Session
    • Postbac Premedical Student Council Information Session
    • Exploring and Declaring a Major
    • Implicit and Explicit Bias Training Part II: Discussion
    • First Generation College Student Meet & Greets

    Friday, September 4

    • PALS Meet & Greet
    • Getting Involved with GS Student Life Information Session
    • Sub-Population Meet-Greets
      • Community College Transfer Students
      • Students with Families
      • Working & Part Time Students
    • Implicit and Explicit Bias Training Part II: Discussion
    • Four School Joint Programs

    Saturday, September 5 & Sunday, September 6

    • Four School Joint Programs

    Meet and Greets

    • GS LGBTQ and Allies Meet and Greet
      • Wednesday, September 2, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET

    • GS Student of Color Meet and Greet
      • Wednesday, September 2, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

    Register on CourseWorks

    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.

    Live: Friday, August 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    • Welcome from Dean Lisa Rosen Metsch and Senior Assistant Dean of Students Sara Ede (9 - 9:15 a.m.)
    • Understanding the U.S. (Virtual) Education System (9:15 - 10:30 a.m.)
    • Q&A with ISSO (10:30 - 11:15 a.m.)
    • Break-out Discussions with Orientation Leaders (11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

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    Incoming dual-degree program students are required to attend a special orientation aimed at introducing them to the resources and support available at Columbia. This includes students in dual-degree programs with Sciences Po, Trinity College Dublin, Tel Aviv University, and City University of Hong Kong.

    Available for Individual Review

    • Program-Specific Academic Planning Sessions

    Live: Friday, August 28, 12:30 - 3 p.m.

    • Welcome from Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch and Dean of Students Marlyn Delva (12:30 - 1 p.m.)
    • Strategies for a Seamless Transition: Academic Advising Overview (1 - 2 p.m.)
    • Student/Alumni Panel & Social (2 - 3 p.m.)

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    Incoming military veteran and NROTC students are invited to attend a special orientation that will introduce them to the resources available to support their transition to student life at Columbia.

    Live: Friday, August 28, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    • Welcome from Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch; Dean of Students, Marlyn Delva;Senior Assistant Dean of Student Veteran Initiatives, David Keefe; and GS Veteran alumnus, Mark Franklin (10 - 10:30 a.m.)
    • Student Veterans Panel: Transitioning from Service to School (10:30 - 11:15 a.m.)
    • Student Breakout Room Meet & Greet (11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
    • Veteran Financial Aid Presentation (12 - 1 p.m.)

     

    Register

    Live: Monday, August 31, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    • New Student Welcome Ceremony (9:30 - 11 a.m.)
    • Welcome Remarks from Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch & Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, Jill Galas-Hickey (11:15 - 11:30 a.m.)
    • Faculty Lecture with the Columbia Core  (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
    • Dean of Students Office Resource Presentation (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)
    • Alumni & Student Panel (1:30 - 2:30 p.m.)

    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.