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Undergraduate Student Life

First-Year Students (NSOP)

What is NSOP?
The New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) is a required program for all undergraduate students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering.

When does NSOP officially begin?
Monday, August 25, 2014 (first-year students)

How do I register for NSOP?
You will receive a link to register for NSOP in the email with your housing assignment, to be sent on June 30.  The deadline to complete your registration is Monday, July 28.

When can I arrive on campus?

  • General arrival: Monday, August 25, 2014 (Check-in 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
    When you register for NSOP, you will also select the two-hour block of time of your preference to move into your residence hall.
  • International students and students from distant states (10+ driving hours):

    In the summer, you will receive a notification email from the Housing Office with your housing assignment and a link to register to attend NSOP and select your move-in time block on Sunday, August 24, 2014. Please direct housing-related questions to the Housing Office.

Are there shuttle services from local airports to campus?
There are no shuttle services from the airport to campus, but cabs are readily available. Ask the driver to take you to "Columbia University at 116th and Broadway."

When will I receive information about moving in if I'm participating in COÖP, CUE, or the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)?
If you're participating in one of these special programs, you'll get an email informing you of your acceptance and your alternate move-in date.

What should I do if I must arrive before Monday, August 25, 2014?
If you must arrive before the general move-in date, are not participating in a special program, and do not have special permission from the Housing Office, you will need to secure off-campus accommodations. A list of area hotels and other options is avilable on the Columbia University Travel Portal.

Where can I learn about academic advising or the summer reading assignment?
Please visit the Center for Student Advising webpages, including their section on summer reading.

How long does NSOP last?
Monday, August 25 - Monday, September 1, 2014

What events will be happening during NSOP?
The NSOP committee is planning a week of activities for Orientation this summer. You will receive a schedule upon arrival but may refer back to this website for periodic updates.

Will there be an orientation program for families and parents?
Yes! Please visit the Parent and Family Programs website for more information.

Where can I learn more about housing, dining services, health services, and other resources on campus?
Please visit the New Student website. This site also provides a checklist of the actions you must take to complete requirements by given deadlines to prepare for your move to campus.

How do I update my address on record?
Once you establish your Columbia email login, also known as your UNI, you will log on to Student Services Online (SSOL) to change your address. For any issues in creating your account, please email



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