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Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program Leader Consent Form

I am exercising my free choice to participate voluntarily in the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program’s (COOP) Fall trip. I recognize that this decision involves certain risks and I am willing to accept responsibility for those risks.

Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COOP) Participant Consent Form

I understand that the goals of Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COOP) are to provide a positive experience in a supportive group environment. I am aware that as a participant I am required to follow the policies and guidelines set by COOP and instructions from the Outdoor Orientation Leaders. As part of Columbia University, COOP adheres to the University standards of respect for others. COOP is a substance-free program- alcohol or drugs of any kind are prohibited. Any violation of the substance policy may result in judiciary action.

ISOP Participant Information

Please fill out the requested information, so we can adequately prepare for you during ISOP.

We are asking this information in case you arrive late and we can check with the airlines on the arrival time.

Graduate Assistantships

The deadline to apply for the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development is August 7, 2012.

Click here to review the full job description. Email us with any questions.

Submit Final Proposal

Only submit a final proposal if you have submitted a preliminary proposal and were invited by the ABP Student Advisory Board to submit a final proposal. 

Proposal Process

Proposal Process

PLEASE NOTE: The ABP will not be supporting Winter Break Projects this year. We will begin accepting Spring and Summer Break Proposals in the fall.

Student Advisory Board

The Alternative Break Program (ABP) Student Board is made up of six student leaders with a passion for civic engagement and who have extensive service trip experience.

Common Application Information Confirmation

Thank you for completing the first step of the pre-orientation application.

You must now apply to the prog

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 Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in being a part of Live at Lerner for the 2014 - 2015 academic year.  We are looking for a volunteer to help us plan events for Live at Lerner that will help bring the Columbia community together. If you are interested in being a part of Live at Lerner to help foster community in Lerner Hall and elsewhere at Columbia, consider applying to be a volunteer. 

Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact Aaron Gomes ( 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.



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