Countdown To Columbia

In This Newsletter

  • Student Insights on Wellness
  • Columbia Student Health Insurance Plans
  • Waive or Enroll in a Columbia Insurance Plan by September 19
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)
  • Disability Services (DS)
  • Alice! Health Promotion
  • Medical Services
  • Staying Fit at Columbia
  • Important Deadlines!
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Moving to college is a significant step toward adulthood and an exciting journey of discovery, learning, and growth. You are bound to face a few obstacles and setbacks during this period of transition, and Columbia Health is here to help you, with an abundance of resources. The following is an overview of some of our programs and services that support your physical and mental well-being and that of the entire campus community.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in August. Until then, we wish you a happy and healthy summer!

Sincerely,

Samuel L. Seward Jr., M.D
Associate Vice President and Medical Director, Columbia Health

Richard Eichler, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Colleen Lewis, M.S.
Director, Disability Services

Zachary Collazo, Social Programmer, NSOP

Student Insights on Wellness

Keeping up with classes, extracurriculars, and other commitments can be challenging!

Remember the importance of maintaining your wellness: a combination of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your health. This might mean exercise in Dodge Fitness Center, acts of religious worship, or even just de-stressing by seeing a movie downtown.

At Columbia, you'll find a variety of resources to help you feel your best while doing your best, from University-sponsored initiatives to student-led organizations and exciting opportunities throughout the vibrant City of New York.

News & Announcements

Columbia Student Health Insurance Plans

The Gold plan is designed to meet the needs of most students, while the Platinum plan is best for students with ongoing medical and mental health needs. Care begins on campus for enrolled students in either plan, and there are no co-pays for on-campus medical or mental health visits.

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Waive or Enroll in a Columbia Insurance Plan by September 19

Students with existing coverage may request a waiver from the Columbia plans online before September 12. Those who do will also need to provide documentation of alternate coverage under a comparable insurance plan which must meet all of the University's required criteria.

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Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)

We are available to discuss issues ranging from how to better organize study time to concerns with relationships to anxiety and depression. A staff of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric residents, and fellows in psychology are equipped to help you cope with a wide range of challenges.

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Disability Services (DS)

We support students with all types of disabilities including physical, learning, AD/HD, sensory, psychological, and chronic health conditions. We additionally provide appropriate, reasonable accommodations that facilitate academic and physical access to Columbia’s programs and activities.

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Alice! Health Promotion

We seek to make the University community healthier by connecting individuals and groups with information and resources, cultivating healthy attitudes and behaviors, promoting health supporting policy, and fostering a culture that values and supports health. Visit our archive of health-related information!

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Medical Services

Whether you need routine or urgent medical care, travel medicine, immunizations, sexual health services, reproductive and gynecological services, LGBTQ health care, or confidential HIV testing, Medical Services should be your first stop. For your convenience, you may schedule appointments online.

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Staying Fit at Columbia

Between exams, homework, and social responsibilities, it's important to keep up with your personal health and wellness. Whether it's playing Frisbee on the lawns with friends, jogging through West Side Park, or taking a class at the Dodge Fitness Center, you'll find plenty of options to stay fit!

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Important Deadlines!

Have you been keeping up with both the Important Dates section of this newsletter and the checklist on the new student website? Several items are due on August 1, and they may take some work in advance to fulfill. Please read through each item thoroughly to understand the necessary steps.

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Upcoming Events

Jul
12
New Student Send-off: Cleveland
Jul
12
New Student Send-off: Portland
Jul
15
New Student Send-off; London
Jul
19
New Student Send-off: Bangalore, India
Jul
20
New Student Send-off: Singapore
Jul
24
Send-off: Washington, D.C.
Jul
27
New Student Send-off: Plymouth, MN
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Staten Island, NY
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Tampa, FL
Aug
6
New Student Send-off: New York City
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Costa Mesa, CA
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Atlanta, GA
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Long Island, NY
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: San Antonio, TX
Aug
10
New Student Send-off: Phoenix, AZ
Aug
10
New Student Send-off: Cincinnati, OH
Aug
17
New Student Send-off: Morristown, NJ

Important Dates

Aug
1
Submit proof of MMR immunity (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Certify Your Meningitis Vaccination Decision (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Submit Photo for University ID Card
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
First Fall Semester Tuition Bill Due
Sep
19
Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan: Confirm, Upgrade, or Request a Waiver

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