FAQs About CUE

What is CUE?
Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) participants spend the week with a team of three to five other participants and one leader, working at one of our service sites. They select their preferred site on the first day of the program, which they have already received descriptions of earlier in the summer. CUE-ers also engage in article-based discussions on critical and ethical perspectives of responsible service. Each evening, participants explore NYC with free night activities!

When will the application be available?
Applications will be available on May 1, 2014. Information will be posted on our website.

When is the application due?
All applications must arrive at CUE headquarters by June 4, 2014.

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 happen?
Sunday, August 17 - Sunday, August 24, 2014

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 Dining Services.

How much does CUE cost?
Our application process is completely need-blind. The program fee for CUE is $350.00 and 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?
Each night, CUE participants select their preferred activity from four amazing options in NYC. Past activities have included outdoor movies at Bryant Park and excursions to Upright Citizen's Brigade Improv Theater, 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 or daughter, who we already like very much simply because of his or her dedication to service, is with a CUE leader at all times, including the service sites, meals, and all night activities. Additionally, getting in contact with him or her is very easy because participants will have access to email.

How does financial aid work?
The financial aid process is need-blind. Interested applicants should submit the financial aid application form by June 6, 2014.

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