Family Members Join New GS Students for Spring 2023 Orientation

On Monday, January 9, parents and family members of new GS students were invited to Columbia University’s Morningside campus to take part in the robust New Student Orientation programming.

January 27, 2023

On Monday, January 9, over 200 new Columbia School of General Studies (GS) students joined faculty, staff, and student leaders on Columbia University’s Morningside campus for New Student Convocation as part of a week’s worth of robust New Student Orientation programming.

Parents and family members of the new students were also invited to attend a day of orientation programming themselves. Hosted by the GS Office of Development and Alumni Relations, these events introduced guests to the Columbia community and the resources available to support their students’ transition to Columbia.

During Convocation, students and their family members heard remarks from members of the GS and Columbia communities, including Lisa Rosen-Metsch ‘90GS, Dean of the Columbia School of General Studies; Amy Hungerford, Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences; Marlyn Delva, Dean of Students; Dr. James Colgrove, Dean of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program; and Kirsty Jardine ‘15GS, ‘16PH, Co-Chair of the GS Alumni Association.

After Convocation, families attended several diverse programs at Low Library on campus. Following welcome remarks from Dean Rosen-Metsch and fellow GS parent Millicent Powers, Dean Colgrove treated guests to an engaging lecture about the state of public health and the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Student and alumni panelists

After Dean Colgrove’s interactive presentation, Dean Delva hosted a resource presentation featuring members of the advising team from the Dean of Students Office. Guests learned about the many resources available to students and were able to ask questions related to academic courses, registrations, and extracurricular opportunities. 

The final event in the series was an engaging Student and Alumni Panel featuring two current GS students and one GS alumna. Panelists reflected on their paths to Columbia, advice they would give to new students, and some of the resources they found most helpful during their transition onto campus and during their time as students.

After the programs in Low Library concluded, family members enjoyed a guided walking tour of campus, which ended at Lewisohn Hall, where desserts and coffee were served to end the day.