Orientation Resources

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Watch the 2011 orientation day program video
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The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science attracts and admits an exceptionally interesting, diverse, and multicultural group of students, and it takes steps to provide a campus environment that promotes the continued expansion of each student's ideas and perspectives.

The orientation program is designed to make students aware of the vast number of social and academic opportunities available to them at the University. For more information about orientation, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Services, or see the orientation schedule for 2012 (PDF).

Office of the University Chaplain

The Office of the University Chaplain is located in the Earl Hall Center and includes the United Campus Ministries, the Common Meal Program, and “Music at St. Paul’s.” The mission of the Center is to build community within the University and with its neighbors while providing students with an opportunity to explore the relationship between faith and learning. The Center is as diverse as the university it serves. United Campus Ministries, which includes denominations of Christian, Jewish, Islamic, and Eastern practices, provides students with individual counseling, religious and nonreligious group support, referrals, and personal assistance.

The University Chaplain is the director of the Earl Hall Center. As University Chaplain, Jewelnel Davis supports the coherence and unity that connects the University. She focuses on a nexus of issues including religion, spirituality, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, social justice, and community service.

One point of focus for Chaplain Davis is accessibility to students. Students often e-mail her, make appointments with her individually or in groups, or speak with the chaplain associates or program coordinators—student liaisons who work directly with Chaplain Davis on student programming initiatives. The Common Meal Program is a weekly gathering to which student leaders from Columbia College, Barnard, SEAS, General Studies, and the graduate schools are invited along with faculty and senior administrators to discuss ideas and opinions about Columbia’s past, present, and future.

In addition to student programming, community service is also a main function of the Center. As a center for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools at Columbia, the Earl Hall Center offers any student a number of great opportunities. Columbia University’s largest community service program, Community Impact, which is located in the Earl Hall Center, involves more than 900 student and neighborhood volunteers in 26 programs, including GED, Earth Coalition, Peace Games, a soup kitchen, and student help for the aging.

Besides Earl Hall, the Center includes St. Paul’s Chapel. One of Columbia’s oldest and most beautiful buildings, the Chapel not only hosts weddings and various religious services, but also features many speakers and performances. The Postcrypt Coffeehouse at St. Paul’s Chapel is a favorite spot for artists to play music, read poetry, or exhibit artwork.

The administrative offices for the Center are open during regular business hours, but the buildings have more extensive hours—as late as 11:00 p.m. on weekends. For more information, please call the Earl Hall Center at 212-854-1474 or 212-854-6242.

Lerner Hall

Columbia’s student center, Lerner Hall, officially opened in the fall of 1999. Located on the southwest corner of campus, this 225,000-square-foot student center was designed by Bernard Tschumi, the former Dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Architectural features of Lerner Hall, such as the glass facade and ramps, allow the campus to clearly view the activities within the building, and offer those within Lerner scenic views of the campus.

Students may check their e-mail in Lerner’s computer center or by plugging in their laptop computers at one of Lerner’s Ethernet-outfitted lounges. Students will also visit Lerner to interact with one another in various ways. They may strategize and plan events with their student organizations in one of the student club offices, or in the meeting rooms designated for student club usage. Students may also meet friends in one of Lerner’s two dining locations, for an event in the auditorium, in various lounges, or in one of the building’s multipurpose spaces that are ideal for exercise classes.

In addition to providing spaces for student interaction, Lerner is home to the Columbia University Bookstore. Lerner also features retail services, including a travel agency, a copy center, and an electronic banking center. Included in the building are orchestra/band rehearsal and art exhibition spaces, and various administrative offices (Student Affairs, Student Services, Residential Programs, Judicial Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Center for Student Advising, Financial Aid, and Educational Financing). These offices also include Student Development and Activities, the Double Discovery Center, Columbia TV, WKCR, Disability Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Columbia’s Alice! The Health Education Program.

Recreational Programs

In addition to the activity courses, the Physical Education Department offers a comprehensive Intramural and Club Sports Program. Through intramurals, the student has the opportunity to participate in both individual and team sports. Individual activities function through tournaments, while the team activities feature both league and play-off competition. Club sports are designed to allow groups of individuals who share a common athletic interest to organize and collectively pursue this activity. Clubs are organized on recreational, instructional, and competitive levels, and their activities range from informal play to regular practice or instruction and intercollegiate and tournament competition. A list of the intramural activities and sports clubs as well as all information regarding the program can be obtained in the Intramural Office, 331 Dodge Fitness Center or on the Web site, www.gocolumbialions.com.

Campus Safety and Security

At Columbia University, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is a priority. Columbia’s campuses and their environs are safe and have a very low crime rate for an urban university.

The University is required by federal law to publish an annual security report containing information with respect to campus security policies and statistics on the incidence of certain crimes on and around our campuses. This information is available at the Web site for the United States Department of Education; by requesting a copy of the report from: Campus Crime Report, Department of Public Safety, Columbia University, 111 Low Library, Mail Code 4301, 535 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027 (Attn: Mr. Rocco Osso); or at the Web site for Columbia University Public Safety.

500 W. 120th St., Mudd 510, New York, NY 10027    212-854-2993