Pre-Orientation Programs

pre-orientation participants

During the week prior to NSOP, 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. Applications for all three programs will be available on Thursday, May 1, 2014.


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 The 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.


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, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Jewish Theological Seminary.


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 the basics needed for a comfortable undergraduate experience.

Application Timeline for 2014 Pre-Orientation Programs.

  • Thursday, May 1 - Applications available
  • Wednesday, June 4 - Applications due
  • Friday, June 6 - Financial aid applications due

Financial Assistance

The deadline to apply for financial assistance for pre-orientation is Friday, June 6, 2014.

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