FAQ's About CUE
Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about CUE:
What is CUE?
CUE participants spend the week with a team of 4-6 other participants and one leader, working at one of our service sites. Participants select their preferred site on the first day of the program for which they have already received descriptions during the summer prior to their arrival. CUE-ers also engage in article-based discussions on critical and ethical perspectives of responsible service. Each evening, participants enjoy free night activities in order to explore NYC!
When will the application be available?
Applications will be available on May 1, 2013. Information will be posted on our website.
When is the application due?
All applications MUST arrive at CUE headquarters by June 5, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. EDT.
Who can apply to CUE?
All incoming first-years from Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Barnard College, and General Studies are encouraged to apply. At this time, we are not accepting transfer students.
When does CUE actually happen?
CUE participants must arrive one week before the New Student Orientation Program, on Sunday, August 18. CUE ends the following Sunday, August 25.
Where do CUE participants sleep?
CUE participants receive on-campus housing during the week.
What do CUE participants eat?
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners during CUE are provided by Barnard College’s Hewitt Dining Services.
How much does CUE cost?
Our application process is completely need-blind. The program fee for CUE is $350.00. That fee covers housing, food, transportation, and the cost of night activities during the week of CUE. We offer partial and full financial aid to those who qualify. Email our coordinators for the financial aid application.
What are night activities?
In the evenings, CUE participants participate in free night activities throughout New York City. Each night, participants select their preferred activity from four amazing options. Past activities have included outdoor movies at Bryant Park and excursions to Harlem Bowling Lanes, the Nuyorican Poets Café, Yankee Stadium, ice cream on the Brooklyn Bridge, cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, and a concert at the Seaport.
And, of course, parents/guardians always ask: Will my son/daughter be safe?
You betcha. Your son/daughter, who we already like very much simply because of his/her dedication to service, is with a CUE leader at all times: at the service sites, at meals, and at all night activities. Additionally, getting in contact with him/her is very easy because he/she will have access to e-mail.
How does Financial Aid work?
The financial aid process is need-blind. Interested applicants should submit the form by June 7, 9:00 a.m. EDT. More questions? Email us!
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.