Countdown To Columbia

In This Newsletter

  • Student Insights on Residential Life
  • Welcome to the First-Year Community
  • Your Resident Adviser (RA)
  • Your Residence Hall Family
  • Your Residence Hall Neighborhood
  • Tips on Successful Community Living
  • Tip #1: Get to Know Your Neighbors
  • Tip #2: Be Reasonable with Your Requests
  • Tip #3: Talk Directly About Your Needs
  • Tip #4: Get Involved in your Residence Hall
  • Special Interest Communities (SICs)
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Reminder: Register for NSOP and Secure Your Move-in Time by 7/28
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Residential Life is staffed with more than 150 students and professionals who will support you throughout your Columbia experience. You can expect our warm welcome as you move into your new home!

College is a time of self-discovery, a time to embrace new situations and perspectives, and we offer programs to help you meet people and have new adventures. While we encourage your active involvement, you decide whether or not to take advantage of all the Columbia residential experience has to offer. The options are endless, but our staff can help you find your way.

Enjoy these next few weeks, wherever you are. We are thrilled you will join our community and look forward to living and learning together!

Sincerely,

Cristen Kromm
Associate Dean of Residential Life

Anna Schmidt-MacKenzie
Director of Residential Life

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Emma Thompson CC '15, Student Leader Coordinator | New Student Orientation Program

Student Insights on Residential Life

Every year, students have myriad housing choices and are able to select a hall and residential community that is right for them.

Columbia has excellent Residential Advisers—I am still very close with the one from my first year! Residential Life also provides lots of opportunities to meet other students through a plethora of programming. One of my favorite things I did with my floor was the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy with a giant cake.

Look forward to a warm welcome to your residential community from Community Night Out during NSOP!

News & Announcements

Welcome to the First-Year Community

The first-year residence halls are Carman, Furnald, Hartley, John Jay, and Wallach. Regardless of which hall you call home, you'll be able to make connections beyond the classroom, create memories with your new neighbors, and receive support and encouragement from our residential life staff.

Your Resident Adviser (RA)

Your RA is a central figure in your new community: RAs work to facilitate connections in your hall and across the first-year area by promoting an environment that supports your wellness and success, hosting community meetings, and planning programs and events.

Your Residence Hall Family

Graduate Hall Directors (GHDs) or Residence Hall Directors (RHDs) work closely with the RAs to shape your living experience. Your GHDs are Keith Jasie (Furnald), Moran Goren (Hartley), and Rainikka Corprew (Wallach). Your RHDs are Aaron Hukari (Carman) and Joey Kopriva (John Jay).

Your Residence Hall Neighborhood

Associate Director Scott Helfrich, who oversees the five first-year residence halls, has an office in Wallach and lives in Hartley. Professor John Kymissis (Faculty-in-Residence) lives in Hartley. Dean-in-Residence Cristen Kromm lives in Wallach. Programs and dinners are held in their family homes.

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Tips on Successful Community Living

Whether you are placed in a Carman double, share bathrooms or lounge space in John Jay, Furnald, or Wallach, or live in a suite in Hartley, you will learn the importance of community agreements and compromise. Below are some tips for a successful transition as you settle into your community.

Tip #1: Get to Know Your Neighbors

You need to know more than just the names and hometowns of the folks living on your hall. Learn about their experiences prior to Columbia to understand the perspectives they bring and how or why they may behave in a particular way. Making a request of someone is easier if you have developed a relationship.

Tip #2: Be Reasonable with Your Requests

You may be accustomed to quiet surroundings at bedtime or a bathroom that is in impeccable condition at all times. In a residence hall, you must decide when actions, such as music or noise in a common area, are excessive. If the person/group is unwilling to modify behaviors, consult your RA for brainstorming.

Tip #3: Talk Directly About Your Needs

If someone two doors away returns to the hall at 2:00 a.m. every morning, slams the door, and wakes you up, you won't fix the situation by texting your best friend or venting to a family member. Instead, talk to your neighbor directly, preferably after you've had some time to cool down emotionally.

Tip #4: Get Involved in your Residence Hall

Residence Hall Leadership Organization (RHLO) is an inter-hall programming and community board. Its members foster a sense of community within their residence halls. Experiences gained in RHLO have prepared students to serve as RAs, take on leadership roles in clubs and organizations, and secure internships.

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Special Interest Communities (SICs)

After completing your first year, you will be eligible to live in a Special Interest Community (SIC) and explore common interests with your floor- and/or housemates. This living arrangement also creates opportunities for students to connect with faculty, administrators, alumni, and community leaders.

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Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternities and sororities have been a part of Columbia University for over 175 years by virtue of the University’s endorsement and support. The Greek community strives to foster a holistic collegiate experience that will strengthen a commitment to life-long membership and our alma mater.

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Reminder: Register for NSOP and Secure Your Move-in Time by 7/28

Remember to register for the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) by Monday, July 28. When registering, you will also select your preferred two hour block of time for checking in and moving in. You received your link to register in your Housing confirmation email.

 

Upcoming Events

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
Jul
27
New Student Send-off: Rye, NY
Jul
30
COLUMBIA 101 Webinar for Columbia Engineering, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
Jul
30
COLUMBIA 101 Webinar for Columbia College, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Staten Island, NY
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Dalian, China
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Tampa, FL
Aug
3
New Student Send-off: Dallas, TX
Aug
5
New Student Send-off: Los Angeles, CA
Aug
6
New Student Send-off: New York City
Aug
7
New Student Send-off: Palm Beach, FL
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

Jul
28
Deadline to Register for NSOP & Select Move-in Time
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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