During the week prior to Orientation, first-year Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students may opt to participate in one of our three pre-orientation programs. The Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP - pronounced "coh-op"), the Columbia Urban Experience (CUE), and the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP). All programs are amazing opportunities to meet other first-year students and share in a common experience.
The Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP as we affectionately call it, pronounced "coh-op") is a pre-orientation program for first year students in Columbia College (CC) and Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). All incoming CC/SEAS first year students can apply to participate in COÖP regardless of past camping, biking, hiking, or canoing experience. Check out the COÖP webpage for more information about this unique opportunity to meet other first-years and form close friendships, all before orientation begins! The application will be available on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) is a pre-orientation program offering newly admitted students the opportunity to engage in community service throughout the city before classes begin in September. First-year students engage in thoughtful dinner discussions and participate in Night Activities that include poetry slams, desserts at local cafes, visits to museums, rooftop movies, jazz concerts, and much more. Participants in CUE form long lasting friendships and continue to contribute to the program through graduation. CUE is open to first-year students in Barnard College, Columbia College, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. For more information, visit the CUE webpage. The application will be available on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is designed to help international students in Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science comfortably transition into the Columbia University community before New Student Orientation Program week. Combining informational events, exciting city outings, and tight-knit mentoring with program leaders, pre-orientation will give you the opportunity to fully explore and understand your new home while taking care of basic necessities needed for a comfortable undergraduate experience. For more information, visit the ISOP page. The application will be available on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Application Timeline for 2014 Pre-Orientation Programs.
Thursday, May 1 - Applications available
Wednesday, June 4 - Applications due
Friday, June 6 - Financial aid applications due
The deadline to apply for financial assistance is Friday, June 6, 2014.
Contact the Orientation Program
505 Alfred Lerner Hall
New York, NY 10027
Call: (212) 854-4909
For program-specific inquiries:
International Student Orientation: firstname.lastname@example.org
COÖP Pre-orientation: email@example.com
CUE Pre-orientation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.