Family Engagement

Countdown to Columbia: Community (6/12, Parents)

In This Newsletter

  • Convocation
  • Family Orientation Programming
  • The Moving Process
  • Packing Advice for Students
  • Shipping Items to Campus
  • My Columbia [Video]
  • Under1Roof
  • Home Away from Home
  • Urban NY
  • Columbia Mentoring Initiative
  • Roar, Lion, Roar!
  • CAASD Film Event with Professor Dan Kleinman (6/17)
  • Arts at Columbia
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Greetings,

Although we are busy preparing for the exciting year ahead, we want to pause and take this opportunity to share with you some of the fantastic campus life and cocurricular activities in which your student can get involved, from the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) to community events and numerous leadership, cultural, and civic engagement opportunities. I invite you to check out the many program offerings and services on the Office of Undergraduate Student Life website to get a sense of how your student can get involved in the vibrant community that awaits him/her at Columbia.

Sincerely,

Matthew Patashnick
Director of Parent & Family Programs

Family Orientation Check-in

Family Check-in at Orientation

Convocation

We are excited to welcome the newest class of Columbians and their families to campus in August!

On Monday, August 25, at 2:00 p.m., we will host a Convocation ceremony for students and their families.

An informal parents-only reception follows this from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Please stop by any time within this window! Students will begin the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) immediately following Convocation, which signals the end of Family Orientation.

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News & Announcements

Family Orientation Programming

While the focus or your trip to campus will be helping your student settle in to his/her room, an array of basic programming will be offered for families to attend as they have time. Look for our next email in July announcing topics and registration details!

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The Moving Process

Upon arrival, Public Safety will direct vehicles to a designated unloading area for the corresponding residence hall. Staff will provide two large cardboard bins on dollies and help with unloading. There will also be free shuttles between campus and Bed Bath & Beyond (times TBD).

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Packing Advice for Students

Students should pack belongings in trunks, suitcases, and sealed cartons for an easier move, and bring items to campus that they will need during the first weeks. Earlier this month, we shared with students a suggested list of what to pack, plus a few other tips.

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Shipping Items to Campus

Shipped items may arrive on campus no earlier than August 10 and must weigh less than 50 lbs. Because of the volume packages arriving on campus, students should not expect their shipped items to be immediately available.

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My Columbia [Video]

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a video worth? Find out what several students told us they will always cherish from their experiences at Columbia.

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Under1Roof

Under1Roof is a program for first-years that explores how we individually and collectively create an inclusive community at Columbia, and how intergroup understanding and community building can happen through engagement and education on the different social identities that all students bring to campus.

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Home Away from Home

Last year, the Residence Hall Leadership Organization (RHLO) launched within every campus residence hall. RHLO members plan events and foster a sense of community in their residence halls, all to make your student's new living arrangement a true home away from home.

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Urban NY

One of Columbia University's greatest resources is the city around us. The Urban New York program provides students with an opportunity to enter a lottery to receive free tickets to a variety of exciting trips and events around NYC.

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Columbia Mentoring Initiative

Supported by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Columbia Mentoring Initiative is an intergenerational mentorship program that connects first-years with upperclassmen and alumni who can help them adjust to college life.

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Roar, Lion, Roar!

If you don't already know the words to Columbia's fight song, you will soon! You'll sing it during Convocation and throughout the next few years as you cheer on the Columbia Lions at one of many intercollegiate athletic events.

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CAASD Film Event with Professor Dan Kleinman (6/17)

The Columbia Alumni Association of San Diego invites you to attend a special Film Night with School of the Arts professor Dan Kleinman on Tuesday, June 17. The event will highlight the award-winning work of Columbia film students. If you're planning being in the area, be sure to RSVP.

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Arts at Columbia

Whether your student plays in an orchestra, is active in theater, plans to study art history, architecture, and/or film, or simply enjoys taking it all in, Columbia University has a wonderful arts scene that is well worth exploring.

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Upcoming Events

Jun
12
COLUMBIA 101 Fort Lauderdale
Jun
14
COLUMBIA 101 Atlanta
Jun
14
COLUMBIA 101 Boston
Jun
17
CAASD Film Event with Professor Kleinman
Jun
19
COLUMBIA 101 Chicago
Jun
20
COLUMBIA 101 Seoul
Jun
21
COLUMBIA 101 New York City
Jun
21
COLUMBIA 101 Houston
Jun
22
COLUMBIA 101 Beijing
Jun
25
COLUMBIA 101 Shanghai
Jun
26
COLUMBIA 101 San Francisco
Jun
28
COLUMBIA 101 New York City
Jun
28
COLUMBIA 101 San Diego
Jun
29
COLUMBIA 101 New York City
Jun
29
COLUMBIA 101 Los Angeles
Jul
1
COLUMBIA 101 New York City

Important Dates

Aug
8
Deadline to Sign Up an Authorized Payer
Aug
12
First Fall Tuition Bill Generated
Aug
17
CUE Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
20
COÖP and ISOP Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
24
Move-in Day One
Aug
25
Move-in Day Two
Aug
25
New Student Orientation Program Begins (through 9/1)
Aug
25
Family Orientation and Convocation
Sep
2
First Day of Fall Semester
Sep
12
Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan: Confirm, Upgrade, or Request a Waiver
Sep
12
First Fall Semester Tuition Bill Due
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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