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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.