Campus Resources

From course descriptions to rules, regulations, and disciplinary procedures for the school, the Columbia Engineering Bulletin is a primary source for answers. You will receive your Bulletin during Orientation. In the meantime, SEAS students may access the Bulletin online.

The Office of Graduate Student Services is your primary source for university-related questions and answers, as well as an important link between students, administrators, and your academic departments. We can work with you on a variety of issues, including:


  • Clarification of academic policies and procedures
  • Changes in Status
  • General questions, concerns or difficulties
  • Academic standing, academic warnings, and probation
  • Voluntary and medical withdrawals
  • Receiving Advanced Standing Credits


Alice! is Columbia University’s Health Education Program, a division of Health Services at Columbia. Alice! is a team of professional health educators who lead workshops, train student leaders, publish printed and online health information, and coordinate special projects — all to provide guidance and encourage wellness. Examples of workshops offered are time management, stress reduction, healthy relationships, and presentation power. Alice! trains the Stressbusters, teams of students who give free three- to five-minute neck and shoulder rubs to the Columbia community. Alice! is best known for its interactive health Q & A Web service, “Go Ask Alice!,” which has a growing archive of more than 2,000 inquiries and responses on everything from sunscreen to STDs.

Alice! Columbia University’s Health Education Program
Lerner Hall, 7th Floor
(212) 854-5453
Melissa Kenzig, Director

The University offers excellent athletic facilities and many programs to help the community stay physically fit. The Dodge Physical Fitness Center, available for use by all students, has basketball courts (also used for badminton, floor hockey, indoor soccer, and volleyball), squash/handball/racquetball courts, tennis courts, a running track, swimming pool, state-of-the-art Fitness Facility, saunas, and dance, fencing, wrestling, and multipurpose activity rooms. Further north, on 218th Street, the Baker Field Athletic Complex plays host to a football stadium, baseball field, soccer stadium, tennis courts, an outdoor track, crew/rowing facilities, and practice fields. The University provides many opportunities for students to become involved in athletics. Programs offered include physical education classes, recreational and club sports, and intramural or intercollegiate athletics.

Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center
(212) 854-2548

Peter Pilling, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education

Ken Torrey, Associate Athletics Director of Physical Education

Career Services
The Center for Career Education helps students and alumni with the tools to make the most out of their Columbia education while pursuing their career goals. The Center assists students in identifying the competencies required beyond the classroom, becoming informed about career opportunities, making informed decisions about career goals, and finding career opportunities related to their personal and professional objectives.

Career Counseling is available by appointment or during walk-in hours. You can meet with counselors and advisers to discuss an array of issues including choosing a major, finding a part-time job or summer internship, and exploring potential careers. You might want to take the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to help you in your career exploration.

Engineering Graduate Student Council
Graduate students can participate in University-affiliated organizations and activities. As a Columbia University student, you can participate in and enjoy hundreds of diverse social, religious, cultural, academic, athletic, political, literary, professional, public service and other organizations. At SEAS, graduate students are encouraged to become active members of the Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC). The EGSC is a recognized group that consists of representatives from each of the nine academic departments at SEAS. The objectives of the EGSC are to foster interaction among graduate engineering students, to serve as a voice for graduate engineering students, and to sponsor social and education events of interest to the graduate engineering community. For more information, please e-mail

Experiential Education
Experiential Education develops work-study, part-time, and internship opportunities to assist students in obtaining experience throughout their time at Columbia. Our Internship Program offers students the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of a field through work experience by a sponsoring organization. Student Enterprises allows students to manage an established business or submit proposals for new agencies. Temp Time offers a chance to work on temporary assignments and short-term projects by signing up with the Student Temps service. Mentor Programs allow you to connect with Columbia alumni. A mentor can provide career advice as well as information and job leads.

The Center for Career Education
East Campus, Lower Level
(212) 854-5609

Community Impact
Columbia University’s largest community service program, Community Impact, oversees more than 850 volunteers operating 25 programs, and serves more than 1,200 people each week. By addressing the fundamental human needs for food, clothing, shelter, and companionship through the combined efforts of Columbia’s student body and the neighborhood’s residents, Community Impact affirms a vision of mutual respect and cooperation. Community Impact operates on the belief that service and understanding can foster a more unified, integrated, and shared community.

Community Impact
105 Earl Hall
(212) 854-1492
Sonia Reese, Executive Director

Computing At Columbia
Academic Information Systems (AcIS) is the main provider of student and faculty computing services at Columbia University. Some of the services and facilities that AcIS provides to the campus community include the Columbia University Web site; high-speed Internet access, which is available to every student, faculty, and staff member, as well as to every student living in the undergraduate residence halls; computer accounts, which provide access to e-mail, dial-up modems, online student services, LibraryWeb, and all Internet resources; and ColumbiaNet kiosk stations, which are available in various locations around the Morningside campus.

Computing Support Center
Helpdesk Support Center
102 Philosophy Hall (212) 854-1919

Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers one-to-one counseling as well as a number of student support groups and workshops. A professional staff of psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors is available to discuss concerns that may include problems in relationships; feelings of anxiety or depression; concerns about sexuality; questions about career direction; difficulty concentrating or completing academic work; sleep difficulties; alcohol and other substance abuse; and concern with body weight and eating. CPS providers adhere to strict standards of confidentiality.

Counseling and Psychological Services
802 Lerner Hall
(212) 854-2878

Disability Services
Columbia University is committed to serving the needs of students with permanent or temporary disabilities. The Office of Disability Services, a division of Health Services at Columbia, provides a variety of services, programs, and resources to allow students with disabilities full participation in the academic and campus experience. Students must identify their disability and provide current and appropriate medical or diagnostic documentation before any accommodations can be considered. To allow sufficient time for review and implementation of accommodations, students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services upon acceptance to discuss their specific needs and make arrangements for any necessary academic accommodations.

Office of Disability Services
802 Lerner Hall
(212) 854-2388 (voice)
(212) 854-2378 (TDD)
Colleen Lewis, Director

The Office of Financial Aid & Educational Financing

Whether or not you are receiving need-based financial aid, the Office of Financial Aid & Educational Financing is available to answer your questions about paying for your Columbia education. Please refer to our website and emails, designed to answer many of your questions about billing, financial aid, and educational financing strategies.

All Financial Aid recipients are invited to attend the Financial Aid Session during New Student Orientation in the fall. Here you will learn important information about financial aid and your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower.

If you have any questions about financial aid or about your student account, please call or visit the Office of Financial Aid & Educational Financing and speak with a counselor.

Financial Aid & Educational Financing
618 Lerner Hall
(212) 854-3711
Michael Hall, Executive Director of Financial Aid
Pamela Mason, Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid

Health Services at Columbia
Health Services at Columbia offers a comprehensive range of routine medical care, self-care options, individual and group counseling, health education, nutritional support, and extensive outreach on issues pertinent to the well-being of students. Most services are offered without an additional charge to students who have paid the Health Service Fee, which is mandatory for all full-time students and students living in University housing.

Primary Care, located on the third and fourth floors of John Jay Hall, offers care for illness or injury, wellness programs, immunizations, allergy shots, a travel medicine program, a multidisciplinary eating disorders team, as well as services especially for women, which include well-woman care, contraception, pregnancy and S.T.D. testing, and referral services. Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers one-to-one counseling in addition to a number of student support groups and workshops. Alice!, Columbia University’s Health Education Program, presents a wide range of health education and skill-building programs. The Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP) provides support groups and peer counseling for lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender students, as well as confidential HIV testing and counseling for the entire community. The Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center offers peer counseling and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, childhood sexual abuse, and sexual harassment.

Health Services at Columbia John Jay Hall, 3rd and 4th Floors
Samuel Seward, Medical Director
(212) 854-2284

Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP)
407 John Jay Hall
Laura Pinsky, Director
(212) 854-7970

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program
123 Brooks Hall (Barnard Quad)
Maura Bairley, Director
(212) 854-4366 (office)
(212) 854-WALK (24-hr. hotline)

Insurance Information
Chickering Benefits Planning Insurance Agency, Inc.

ID Center
The Columbia Card is the official University ID card. It can be used for the following services: visual identification, access to University Residence Halls, library borrowing and privileges, access to Dodge Fitness Center, access to Lerner Hall, FlexAccount transactions, and student discounts throughout New York City at museums and cultural sites.

FlexAccount is a declining balance account available through your Columbia Card that allows you to make on-campus dollar-for-dollar purchases. Available FlexAccount services include bookstore purchases, use of laundry machines, and purchases at selected snack and beverage machines on campus.

ID Center
204 Kent Hall
(212) 854-4323

Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is devoted to creating an educationally just society and championing issues of multiculturalism and diversity within and beyond the Columbia University community. Programs and services provided by the Center include but are not limited to volunteer opportunities, diversity training, student internships, mentoring programs, art exhibits, community resources information, cultural and educational programs, and student leadership opportunities.

Office of Multicultural Affairs
401 Alfred Lerner Hall, MC 2607  212-854-0720
Melinda Aquino, Interim Associate Dean

International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) offers many services for international students as well as American citizens and permanent residents who have received their education in a foreign country. Services for international students include pre-admission counseling, immigration-related and document services, International Orientation, and social and cultural activities. The ISSO also provides credential analysis services to the admissions offices of the University. The ISSO is open year-round, and international students are strongly urged to make use of its services.

International Students and Scholars Office
524 Riverside Drive
(212) 854-3587
(212) 854-9801

Programming and Events
The Office of Graduate Student Services, in conjunction with the Engineering Graduate Student Council, sponsors a variety of educational programs and activities designed to enhance your experience at Columbia. Programs have included:


  • Workshops on test-taking, time management, and stress relief
  • Walking Tours of Harlem and the surrounding neighborhood
  • Outings to the opera, Broadway shows, and museums
  • Graduate Student Socials and Pub Nights


In addition to registration and record-keeping, the Registrar’s Office, together with academic departments and schools, reviews students’ progress toward the completion of their degrees and certificates; posts degrees, honors, and grades to students’ records; processes requests for academic transcripts and certifications; and orders and distributes diplomas.

Office of the Registrar
205 Kent Hall
(212) 854-4330

Department of Public Safety
At Columbia, the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff is a top priority. Both Columbia University and Barnard College employ their own uniformed security officers to patrol the campuses and surrounding areas 24 hours a day. Security officers are responsible for a wide range of safety services which include responding to accidents, medical or fire emergencies, and requests for assistance; investigating and preparing incident reports (including reports of criminal activity); and coordinating police response functions. Any student or University employee can report potential criminal activities and other emergencies on campus by simply dialing ext. 99 any time of the day or night.

Department of Public Safety
111 Low Library (open 24 hours a day)
Main number: (212) 854-2796
Escort Service: (212) 854-SAFE (7233)
Emergency: ext. 99 (from campus phone) or (212) 854-5555
Ken Finnegan, Director

Student Financial Services
Student Financial Services (SFS) is in charge of monitoring student accounts. The student account is a record of the charges and credits that occur during your registration at Columbia. Charges may include tuition, room, meals, health services, and other fees. Credits may include financial aid, personal payments, and non-University loans. For information on payment of fees and other related matters, please contact Student Financial Services.

Student Financial Services
210 Kent Hall
(212) 854-4206

University Apartment Housing
Columbia University owns and directly manages approximately 5,700 residential units in 143 buildings in the immediate vicinity of the Morningside Heights campus. This housing is primarily used to house faculty, staff, and students, and is managed by the University Apartment Housing (UAH) department of the Columbia Office of Institutional Real Estate. A portion of this housing becomes vacant prior to the start of each semester, with the total number varying each year. For the fall semester vacant student apartments are allocated to each of the ten schools on the Morningside campus according to a demand-based formula. Housing applications from students are approved by each school, up to the maximum number of the school's allotment. The majority of new students can expect to be offered housing before the start of their program. All other new student applicants as well as continuing students requesting housing are placed on the housing wait list.

Office of Institutional Real Estate, University Apartment Housing
400 W 119th Street
(212) 854-9300

University Chaplain
The Office of the University Chaplain is located in the Earl Hall Center and includes the Music at St. Paul’s program, United Campus Ministries, and Community Impact. 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. It is home to 70 student groups who are recognized by the Student Governing Board. In addition, the United Campus Ministries, which includes denominations of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic practices, is housed in the Center and can provide you with individual counseling, religious and nonreligious group support, referrals, and personal assistance.

Office of the University Chaplain
303 Earl Hall
(212) 854-1493
Jewelnel Davis, University Chaplain and Director of Earl Hall Center

Graduation Information
The Graduate Student Services staff is here to assist you in preparing for graduation. We realize there are many things going on at this time and we have created a special Web site that contains all information pertinent to graduation and the preparations you will need to make.

SEAS Graduate Student GraduationZone



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