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COÖP Application Form

Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program Application Section

Welcome to the COÖP application! Let's get started. 

Applying is a 2-step process. If you have not applied using the common application first, please do so before completing the one specific for COÖP.  The deadline to apply is June 4. 


Please select which school you are enrolled. As a reminder, COÖP is only open to students enrolled in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering.
Program Preference
Please rank which programs you are most interested in doing from 1 to 3 with 1 being the highest and 3 being the lowest.

BOPpers (those in the biking program) spend the day biking on bike paths and roads with breaks for snacks, beautiful views, and long lunches. Bikers should expect riding uphill to enjoy glorious downhills. While we accept all levels, some basic biking experience is required. BOPper don't need need to be Lance Armstrong, but should be comfortable breaking, switching gears, and riding on a road.

HOPpers (those in the hiking program) go to the beautiful Catskills mountains in upstate New York (near Woodstock) and spend four days and three nights immersed in the woods, sleeping under the stars, and yodeling off the tops of mountains. HOPpers follows a strict “leave no trace” policy, which means everything (and we mean EVERYTHING) that we carry in, we also carry out. While our trails vary in difficulty, they are all still physically demanding and require a degree of physical and mental stamina. HOPpers don’t need to have previous outdoors or hiking experience, just a can-do attitude!.

ROPpers (those in the river program) canoe thirty-five miles down the Delaware River on the New York/Pennsylvania/New Jersey border for four days alongside 6-8 other freshmen and two upperclassmen leaders. You’ll also be accompanied for most of the journey by a similarly sized cross-group. As a ROPper, you will camp on islands, sandbars, and other very basic riverbank campsites, as well as encounter all the splendid sights and sounds the river has to offer. Each day involves paddling roughly 9-14 miles, followed by a meal and a fire at night. All of the food and gear you need will be carried in your canoe. ROPpers must be able to swim (a good doggy paddle suffices)!

Experience / Ability
Please keep in mind that at least half of all participants in COÖP have never had any outdoor experience and that all our leaders are trained outdoorsmen/ women. All that is required for a successful COÖP is a lot of enthusiasm and helpful hands!

On a scale of one to five (where a five means you could climb Mt. Everest blindfolded and one means that you have never left your couch) how would you rank your level of comfort in the outdoors and your athletic ability?

COÖP stands for Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program. We will be outside for 4 consecutive days becoming familiar with the glory of the wilderness. We will be away from cell phones and technology, get dirty, smelly, and tired; it’s great! How do you feel about spending this much time in nature?
COÖP is a team activity. We set up and break camp together, cook together, and keep each other company along the trail, river, or road. How do you see yourself contributing to your COÖP group’s experience this fall?
What would you do if you had one totally free day?

Live at Lerner Coordinator and Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in being a part of Live at Lerner for the 2013 - 2014 academic year.  We are always looking for volunteers to help us plan events for the Columbia community. If you are interested in being a part of Live at Lerner to help foster community in Lerner Hall and at Columbia, consider applying to be a volunteer. 

Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact Josh Lucas ( or Robbie Lyman (

By checking off "I Agree" you affirm that you understand the commitment involved and will be an active participant. By checking "I Agree" you also give the university permission to check your academic and judicial records. Please understand that you must be in good standing in order to be involved with Live at Lerner.


ASB NYC Performing Arts Evaluation

Thank you all for your participation in the first Alternative Spring Break: NYC Performing Arts.  Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey as it will greatly help us in further developing this program.


Strongly AgreeAgreeNeither Agree Nor DisagreeDisagreeStrongly Disagree
1. The ASB Program introduced me to new artists
2. The ASB Program provided me a much deeper sense of how artists make work
3. The ASB Program broadened my understanding of the performing arts
4. The ASB Program helped me to understand how dance, music and theater are interrelated
5. The ASB Program demystified the process of creating high level performance events
6. The ASB Program provided me useful tools as I continue my work in the performing arts (on campus and beyond)
7. The ASB Program provided me resources to make decisions about career choices within the performing arts
8. I developed close relationships with some of my fellow ASB students
9. I plan on finding ways to continue to work with my ASB colleagues
10. I plan to continue exploring performing arts events in NYC
11. The group discussions were an important part of the week in terms of providing opportunities to process what I saw/experienced
12. The events of the ASB demonstrated the power of the communal experience which the performing arts can have
13. The ASB Program helped me to understand better the way in which the Performing Arts can illuminate the human experience by confronting difficult/complex issues
12345Did not participate
1. BAM Harvey Tour
2. Conversation with Judy Jamison and Garth Fagan
3. Rehearsal viewing of Nora Chipaumire and Okwui Okpokwasili
4. Warhorse
5. Alumni Career Panel
6. Paul Zimet/Ellen Maddow Workshop
7. Noa and Mira Awad Performance
8. David Diamond Career Coaching for Artists Workshop
9. Nora Chipaumire and Okwui Okpokwasili Performance & Talk Back
10. Hot Lunch Apostles/Talking Band Performance
11. Performance Mix Festival at Joyce Soho
12. Workshop with Scott Blumenthal and Aaron Meicht from OZET
13. Alarm Will Sound Concert & Talkback
14. Closing Dinner Discussion (and two other discussions during the week)
Too FewJust RightToo Many
1. The number of performances we saw was:
2. The number of Workshops/Panels/Talk Backs in which we participated was:
3. The number of discussions we had was:

Board Application

The Student Advisory Board Application for 2012-2013 is now closed.

Undergrad/Grad Theater Mixer -- February 2 RSVP

Over the past years, Student Development and Activities has been working to create bridges between the Undergraduate and Graduate theatre communities on campus.  This "mixer" is a chance for the two communities to meet and discuss the specific productions/events this semester which might have opportunities for collaboration.

Additionally, a small fund is available to support the graduate students who work as mentors with the undergraduates.  Specific information about accessing these funds will be available at the mixer... along with free pizza and soda.


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