New Student Orientation

Students smiling at the New Student Welcome during Orientation

Monday, August 29 - Sunday, September 4

Register for New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation Schedule & Details

The GS New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) for the Fall 2022 semester will be occurring in-person and on-campus, and it’s expected that all new students attend in person. Mandatory Orientation programs will be occurring online via the GS Orientation CourseWorks page in advance of Orientation.

    Mandatory Orientation Programming*

    Additional events offered Wednesday, August 31 - Sunday, September 4 are optional and are great ways for incoming students to learn about the resources at Columbia and GS, and to meet your peers and the GS Orientation Leaders. Event details will be available via the GS Orientation CourseWorks page.

    *Please Note: all new students must attend these programs as they are required by the University and in some cases federal guidelines.


    The independently reviewed Orientation materials, online resources, and support will all available via the GS Orientation CourseWorks page, which is scheduled to launch to all incoming students in early August. The full GS NSOP schedule of events will be hosted via the Guidebook app and is scheduled to launch in late-August prior to the start of NSOP.

    Additional Resources

    Please regularly re-visit this page for more information and updates as they are made available in the coming months. Our office will also be sending regular New Student Newsletters throughout the summer with updates and information for new students.

    For questions regarding Orientation, please contact [email protected].

    Special Population Orientation Programs & Events

    Dual BA & Joint Program Orientation 

    Friday, August 26
    9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Incoming School of General Studies students are invited to attend a half-day orientation aimed at introducing students in the Dual BA Program with Sciences Po, the Dual BA Program between Trinity College Dublin, the Dual Degree Program with Tel Aviv University, and the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program with City University of Hong Kong to the resources and support available at Columbia.


    International Students Orientation Program

    Friday, August 26
    1 - 4:30 p.m.

    Incoming School of General Studies students are invited to attend a half-day orientation aimed at introducing international students to the resources and support available at Columbia. At this program you will learn how to create a meaningful and balanced lifestyle as you navigate Columbia.


    Veterans & NROTC Orientation Program

    Friday, September 2
    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Incoming School of General Studies student veterans are invited to attend a half-day orientation designed to introduce military veteran and NROTC students to the resources available to them in support of their transitions from the armed forces to student life at Columbia.


    Family Orientation

    Monday, August 29
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    We recognize that the GS community extends well beyond the University, and invite your families and significant others to join us for the GS New Student Welcome and Family Orientation, which features special programming for family members, including welcome remarks from Dean Rosen-Metsch and a faculty lecture followed by lunch, a presentation by the Dean of Students Office, an alumni/student panel, and a campus tour.


    Orientation Accessibility Statement

    The School of General Studies is committed to providing a New Student Orientation experience that is accessible for all. If you have any questions, or would like to request accommodations for our program, please email [email protected].  We also strongly recommend that you register with the Office of Disability Services at [email protected], as they will be able to assist with comprehensive accommodations for GS Orientation and for your full Columbia experience.

    Learn More about New Student Orientation Programming 

    The New Student Orientation Program is mandatory for all entering students. The week includes a series of events that provide an introduction to the stimulating intellectual and social environment at Columbia, as well as the abundant resources available at GS and the University. The primary goals of Orientation are to help students navigate the University environment and meet fellow incoming students.

    The New Student Orientation Program is designed to:

    • Familiarize students with University standards and principles of our academic community
    • Present tips and key information that will make students' first days at Columbia, and their transition to GS, go smoothly
    • Introduce students to resources critical to personal and academic success at Columbia including administrators and faculty members
    • Provide the opportunity to meet other new and continuing GS students, many of whom will become part of a network of support at Columbia
    • Acquaint students with GS traditions within the context of University history
    • Provide students with the opportunity to meet peers in Barnard College, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering
    • Share a portrait of the incoming class in all its diversity and richness as new students are welcomed into the vibrant GS community

    For questions regarding Orientation, please contact [email protected].