Life After Graduation
Your time at Columbia, though short in duration, has likely been filled with memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Immediately upon graduation, you will become a member of a global community of nearly 300,000 alumni who share an important connection to Columbia. Your connection to Columbia will certainly last a lifetime.
As you prepare for this next stage in your Columbia experience, we would like to remind you of several opportunities to stay connected to Columbia and your peers, as well as resources you will continue to have access to as a Columbia alumnus/a.
The information on this page is not exhaustive, and we encourage you to learn more from the Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development or the Columbia Engineering Office of Alumni and Development.
- Alumni Associations
- Alumni Clubs
- Alumni Representative Committee (ARC)
- Columbia College Young Alumni (CCYA)
- Columbia Engineering Young Alumni (CEYA)
- Email Forwarding
- Homecoming and Reunions
- Student/Alumni Engagement
Upon graduation, you will automatically become a member of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), a global network of Columbia University alumni. Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science also have school-specific alumni associations. By registering with these alumni associations, you will have immediate access to an online directory of alumni, discussion groups, e-mail forwarding, Columbia events, arts and cultural happenings, networking opportunities, career connections, and special discounts and offers.
You can visit each at the websites below:
Whether you live in New York City, on the West coast, or around the world, there is a Columbia Club near you. With nearly 40 alumni clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico and more than 40 international clubs that host both networking and social events, you will never be far from fellow alumni.
ARC members help the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by interviewing applicants, representing Columbia at local college fairs, and hosting regional programs for admitted students. This is a great way to share your Columbia enthusiasm with future students. Please review this ARC summary document for more information, and fill out the ARC interest form. The ARC will contact you in October when interviewing season begins!
Young alumni graduating in the past ten years compose almost 25 percent of the entire alumni population and are the backbone of Columbia College’s future. CCYA programming is designed to strengthen the community of recent graduates, promote interaction with other alumni and current students, and increase participation in College events and the Columbia College Fund. It represents one of the best opportunities for recent graduates to stay involved with the Columbia community while taking advantage of valuable networking and career building events. Check out CCYA on Facebook.
CEYA programming is designed to strengthen the community of recent graduates and aid in the transition from student to alumnus/a, promote interactions with alumni and current students, encourage interaction between all Columbia University young alumni, increase communications between the school and its alumni population, and to increase participation in Engineering School events. To get involved with CEYA, visit myceya.com or visit us on Facebook.
The CAA offers two free e-mail services for alumni: Web-based, hosted e-mail (e-mail with an inbox) and e-mail forwarding (an e-mail address that will forward messages to any e-mail inbox you choose). Review CAA's alumni e-mail FAQs to learn more.
Each October, Columbia hosts Homecoming Weekend, a fun event where Columbia graduates connect with peers, classmates, and fellow alumni, all while cheering on the Lions at Baker Field. Make your plans now to return for the celebration. The date for Homecoming 2013 is yet to be announced.
With events such as alumni-hosted dinners, the Living and Learning Center Dinner and Discussion Series, and career panels such as Doctor in the House and Legally Speaking, the partnership between students and alumni is an ongoing focus on campus. We encourage you to reach out to the Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development or the Columbia Engineering Office of Alumni and Development to learn more about opportunities to connect with current students.
As you establish yourself professionally, consider returning to campus as a panelist or guest speaker to share your experiences with students as they explore a variety of career and professional paths. The Center for Career Education offers numerous programs where alumni advise current students. Visit the CCE Alumni Involvement website for more information.
As an undergraduate student at Columbia, you have had unrivaled access to on-campus resources, many of which will extend beyond graduation. Listed below are a few examples of the support services available to Columbia alumni.
Columbia University’s Center for Career Education works with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni to help them define career goals and gain meaningful work experiences through:
- LionSHARE internship/jobs database
- Spring and Summer internship programs
- Career Fairs - Fall & Spring Career Fairs, Engineering Consortium Career Fair and Start-up Career Fair
- Alumni Connections and Networking Events, including Engineering Student-Alumni Speed Networking, Columbia Career Connections on LinkedIn, Employer Site Visits, and Professionals in Residence
- Individual career counseling, workshops, and online resources to help with internship/job applications, interviewing, networking, negotiations, and the decision to pursue graduate school
Created by Columbia alumni, for Columbia alumni, Columbia Alumni Arts League membership continues many of your CUarts benefits as a recent graduate. Sign up for your FREE CAAL membership – normally $25 – and continue to experience the best of arts and culture without breaking your budget. CAAL offers alumni benefits and discounts to over 100 leading arts organizations and restaurants, exclusive events with fellow alumni and artists, and a weekly curated listing of the best free and discounted cultural offers around town.
Housed in the Center for Student Advising, the Office of Preprofessional Advising supports alumni who are interested in applying to law and/or medical School. Visit the Office of Preprofessional Advising website for more information.