Family Weekend FAQs
You've got questions. Parent & Family Programs has answers.
What does the Family Weekend registration fee include?
Family Weekend general admission includes all workshops and lectures on Friday and Saturday. The admission fee also includes brunch, refreshments, and an evening reception on Friday, and a continental breakfast on Saturday.
Why do I have to pay a fee?
We understand that coming to New York can be expensive. The Family Weekend registration fee helps us to provide you with a quality experience and variety of meals and programs.
Will my student attend Family Weekend events with me? Does s/he need a ticket?
If your student's schedule permits, s/he is welcome to attend general admission Family Weekend events and will not need to be registered for Family Weekend. However, if your student plans to take advantage of any optional events, you will need to purchase a ticket for your Columbia student during the registration process. Be sure to check with yout student in advance and confirm his/her interest.
When will the detailed schedule of events be available?
We are working hard to finalize the session titles for the Friday and Saturday programs. The schedule of events will be continuously updated as faculty members and university colleagues confirm their availability. We encourage you to check back often! You and your guests will be given a printed schedule when you arrive to Family Weekend in October.
What if I just come for Saturday?
Please register if you plan to take advantage of our Saturday offerings (brunch and faculty lectures).
Do I need to register for Family Weekend if I only plan to participate in Homecoming Activities?
Can I sit with my student during the football game?
Students receive complimentary admission to the student seating section by showing their Columbia University ID. However, if you wish for your student to sit with you in general admission seating, you will need to purchase a football game ticket for your student. Check with your student to determine his/her preference.
How do I purchase tickets to the events not included in general admission?
During the Family Weekend registration process, you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to these optional events.
What if I have a dietary restriction?
Email email@example.com to advise us of any dietary restrictions.
Is campus accessible? Are wheelchairs available?
The Columbia University campus is accessible and detailed information about campus accessibility can be found online. A limited number of wheelchairs will be available for guests to use while on campus - please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about borrowing one.
What if my student has exams?
We aware that some students have midterm examinations during Family Weekend. The date for Family Weekend is determined by Columbia University's Homecoming. We encourage you to speak with your student to learn about any academic or other committments s/he may have during Family Weekend.
Do I have to pre-register? Can I register and pay on site?
Family Weekend registration is available online until 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013. We will welcome all guests who are unable to register by this time to register and pay on-site on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2013.
What's the refund policy?
Email us at email@example.com by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, and we will honor your refund request. We are unable to accept refund requests after this date.
Is there a way for me to participate even if I cannot attend?
Yes! We will webcast select Family Weekend sessions so that you and your family can watch and listen from home.
Will coat check / storage be available?
Yes! On Friday, October 18, from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., coat check and limited bag storage will be available in Lerner Hall. As space is limited, we encourage you to leave larger items in either your hotel room or your student's residence hall room.
Where do I book a hotel and arrange for transportation?
Our Family Weekend Information for Your Visit page has lots of information to help you plan your trip to New York City.