Parent & Family Programs

Countdown to Columbia: Welcome Families!

In This Newsletter

  • COLUMBIA 101
  • Parent & Family Programs
  • Summer News & Updates
  • Keep Your Email Address Up-To-Date
  • Pre-Orientation Programs (COÖP, CUE, ISOP)
  • Moving to Columbia
  • Student Immunization and Insurance Information
  • Looking for Outside Scholarship Opportunities?
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Travel Resources
  • Family Orientation 2014 (Monday, August 25)
  • Convocation Ceremony (Monday, August 25)
  • Family Weekend 2014 (October 24-26)
  • Columbia Swag
  • Graduation at Columbia
  • Parent & Family Programs on Facebook
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Greetings,

Welcome to Columbia! This is one of many emails you will receive from me over the coming years, and I hope to provide you with the information you need to stay involved, connected, and informed about our great University. I know that you may have lots of questions about moving-in, living in NYC, academics, and campus life. My best advice for now is to take a deep breath and relax--we'll be here every step of the way to help you figure out your new role as the parent of a Columbian.

I look forward to meeting many of you at our upcoming COLUMBIA 101 events, Family Orientation, or Family Weekend. If I can be of any assistance to you, do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Matthew Patashnick
Director of Parent & Family Programs
Columbia University
Email: mp3039@columbia.edu
Phone: 212-854-2446

COLUMBIA 101

One of the best ways to prep for your move to campus and the transition ahead is for your family to join us at a COLUMBIA 101 event, one of a series of advising and information sessions that take place in June and July in a number of major cities. These events are a great opportunity to meet other Columbia students and families and learn what it’s really like to be a student at Columbia.

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News & Announcements

Parent & Family Programs

We are an office designed to support the parent and family community, serving as your gateway to Columbia by answering your questions, providing you with information you need to support your student, connecting you to Columbia, and involving you on campus and in your hometown.

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Summer News & Updates

Over the course of the summer, you and your student will receive newsletters from us containing timely and relevant information to help you prepare for the first semester at Columbia. You will learn about orientation, resources, events, and important dates.

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Keep Your Email Address Up-To-Date

To help you and your family stay connected to Columbia, please keep us informed when you change your preferred email address.

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Pre-Orientation Programs (COÖP, CUE, ISOP)

Columbia offers a series of amazing pre-orientation programs. To learn what each of these acronyms means and for a full description of our programmatic offerings, check out the pre-orientation website! All applications are due June 4.

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Moving to Columbia

Arrival for first year students is on Monday, August 25. Students traveling a great distance to Columbia will receive permission from Columbia Housing to move in on Sunday, August 24. Note: students participating in pre-orientation programs will have a different arrival date.

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Student Immunization and Insurance Information

All students must provide proof of MMR vaccinations, decide about a meningitis vaccination, and either waive or enroll in Columbia Student Health Insurance.

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Looking for Outside Scholarship Opportunities?

The Office of Financial Aid & Educational Financing is a great resource for your questions about applying for outside scholarship opportunities.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Are you looking to book your student's travel to and from NYC for move in and break periods? We recommend waiting until you have confirmation of your student's arrival date and after s/he has registered for fall classes. Student exams cannot be rescheduled to accommodate pre-purchased tickets.

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Travel Resources

The Columbia Travel Portal is a great tool for planning your family's travels to and from NYC. Check it out today!

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Family Orientation 2014 (Monday, August 25)

All Columbia College and Columbia Engineering family members are invited to join us for Family Orientation activities and workshops, which are designed to welcome you to the Columbia Family and give you great information about the offices, resources, and staff with whom your student will work.

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Convocation Ceremony (Monday, August 25)

This Columbia tradition, full of pomp and circumstance, marks the beginning of your student's academic journey. Celebrate as a family with the faculty and administration of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering before you bid farewell to your student and return home.

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Family Weekend 2014 (October 24-26)

Family Weekend is a campus-wide celebration of families that runs concurrent with Homecoming. We have a series of intellectual, informational, and social events planned for you in the hopes that you will experience, if only for a brief weekend, what it means to be a Columbia University student.

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Columbia Swag

T-shirts. Bumper stickers. Keychains. Let everyone know how proud you are. Visit the Columbia bookstore in person (Lerner Hall) or online today!

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Graduation at Columbia

Only four short years from now, your family will be on campus as the Class of 2018 graduates. This week, however, we cheer the Class of 2014. Check out our website, congratulate our newest alumni, and get excited for 2018!

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Parent & Family Programs on Facebook

Connect with us on Facebook for great insights, pictures, and campus happenings!

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Upcoming Events

May
28
COLUMBIA 101: London, UK
Jun
10
COLUMBIA 101: Washington, DC
Jun
12
COLUMBIA 101: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jun
14
COLUMBIA 101: Atlanta, GA
Jun
14
COLUMBIA 101: Boston, MA
Jun
19
COLUMBIA 101: Chicago, IL
Jun
20
COLUMBIA 101: Seoul, KR
Jun
21
COLUMBIA 101: New York, NY
Jun
21
COLUMBIA 101: Houston, TX
Jun
22
COLUMBIA 101: Beijing, CN
Jun
25
COLUMBIA 101: Shanghai, CN
Jun
26
COLUMBIA 101: San Francisco, CA
Jun
28
COLUMBIA 101: New York, NY
Jun
28
COLUMBIA 101: San Diego, CA
Jun
29
COLUMBIA 101: New York, NY
Jun
29
COLUMBIA 101: Los Angeles, CA
Jul
1
COLUMBIA 101: New York, NY

Important Dates

Jun
4
Pre-orientation program application deadline
Jun
30
Housing assignments released
Aug
1
Student deadline to submit proof of MMR immunity
Aug
1
Student deadline to certify Meningitis vaccination decision
Aug
1
Student deadline to submit ID card photo
Aug
8
Student deadline to add parents as authorized payer on account
Aug
12
1st fall semester bill generated
Aug
17
CUE student move in
Aug
20
COÖP/ISOP student move in
Aug
24
Early arrival student move in (students from great distance)
Aug
25
Move in day, Family Orientation, Convocation
Aug
25
New Student Orientation Begins (through Monday, September 1)
Sep
2
First day of fall classes
Sep
12
1st fall tuition bill due
Sep
12
Columbia student health insurance waive/enroll deadline
Nov
3
Fall Break (No Classes)
Nov
4
Fall Break (No Classes)
Nov
27
Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)
Nov
28
Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)
Dec
12
Fall final exams begin
Dec
19
Fall final exams conclude
Jan
20
First day of Spring 2015 classes
Mar
16
Spring break (March 16-20)
May
8
Spring final exams begin
May
15
Spring final exams conclude
May
16
Residence halls close (12:00 p.m.)

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