Frequently Asked Questions
The Columbia Engineering community looks forward to welcoming you back to New York City and Morningside Heights.
What accommodations are available during Alumni Reunion Weekend?
Visit the Plan Your Visit page to learn about on-campus housing and hotels near campus.
What is the recommended attire?
Business attire is recommended for the Thursday evening Welcome Dinner. Casual dress is suggested for Friday and Saturday daytime activities. Cocktail or Columbia Festive attire is recommended for Saturday evening. Casual attire is suggested for Sunday brunch.
Can I cancel my reservation and receive a full refund?
A full refund can be granted only if we receive your request by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017. After this time, refunds cannot be guaranteed.
Are there childcare options available?
Children ages 3 to 12 can enjoy a full program run by Corporate Kids Events, a child care program in existence since 1998. Activities will be available from morning to evening on Saturday, June 4, with a break to join family members at the All-Class BBQ Luncheon. Visit the childcare page for more information.
Can I bring my children to Reunion?
Our Saturday Luncheon on South Lawn and our Sunday Brunch on Barnard's campus are family-friendly and will include activities, face painters, and balloon artists—children are most welcome! Camp Columbia is a child and tween program offered on Saturday. See more information about Camp Columbia here.
Do I need to register for my class dinner?
Yes! Your class dinner is a seated event and space is limited–be sure to register in advance! We can accept walk-in attendees on a space-available basis, but we strongly encourage you to register by May 25, 2017.
Where can I purchase Columbia Engineering memorabilia?
For those wishing to purchase Columbia memorabilia, the Columbia University Bookstore, located at 2922 Broadway at 115th Street on the lower level of Lerner Hall, will be open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What do I do if I have a dietary restriction?
Kosher and vegetarian food options will be available at each Reunion meal. To ensure that the dietary needs of all of our guests are met, please indicate your food preferences and restrictions when you register.
Is there Parking?
Complimentary parking is available in these on-campus garages on a first-come, first-served basis each day:
- International Affairs Building Garage, 420 W. 118th St. (between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive)
- Engineering Terrace Garage, Amsterdam Avenue at West 119th Street
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks drawn from U.S. branches of U.S. banks. We cannot accept payments via money order, travelers check, or checks drawn from foreign banks.
Reunion fees and gift monies are processed separately and result in separate charges. If you are paying by check and including a gift, separate checks are gratefully received.
Is there a professional photographer and videographer during Reunion weekend?
Photographers and videographers will be present throughout Reunion weekend. Columbia Engineering retains the right to publish content in any format or media without additional permission from the individuals in the photos or videos.
What if I am religiously observant during Reunion?
Our Reunion programming, with morning, afternoon, and evening activities scheduled throughout the weekend, is designed to provide opportunities for cultural, professional, and social interaction with classmates for observant alumni of all faiths.
Do I need to register for Reunion weekend in advance?
We can accept walk-in attendees on a space-available basis, but we strongly encourage pre-registering for Reunion 2017 by the May 25th deadline so we may better accommodate you. Events including your class dinner and many of our social and cultural events have a limited number of spaces and require pre-registration for a reservation. Please note that some of our events occur simultaneously and should be scheduled accordingly.
What is the Golden Lions Society?
The Golden Lions Society is a group for all alumni who have celebrated their 50th Reunion with Columbia Engineering. Golden Lions are invited to attend Alumni Reunion Weekend events every year, regardless of graduation year. In 2017, the Golden Lions Society will welcome the Class of 1967.
What should I do if I or one of my family has special needs?
Should you require assistance during your visit to campus, we would be pleased to help you. To ensure we have adequate time to prepare, please contact us no later than the registration deadline, May 25, 2017. Direct all requests to the Reunion Office at 212-851-2401 or email@example.com.
How do I get to the Columbia campus on public transportation?
Please remember that the only subway line that stops at 116th Street and Broadway is the 1. The M11 bus travels up Amsterdam Avenue and stops at 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, and the M104 bus travels up Broadway and stops at 116th Street and Broadway. The M4 bus travels up Madison Avenue, crosses on 110th Street, and then turns up Broadway and makes a stop at 116th Street.
How can I find out what my UNI is? (And what is a UNI?)
Should you need either to discover and activate your UNI or to remind yourself of it, you can look it up online, or, alternatively, we would be pleased to assist you. (Tip: Once you have your UNI, make sure to enter its letters in lowercase.)
To look up your UNI online, please visit the Columbia Alumni Association's Help with Your UNI page. (You can also use this page to request a password re-set, if you have forgotten it.) To reach the Reunion Office for assistance, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-851-2401.
The term "UNI," which is short for University Network ID, is your virtual ID for the Columbia system, equivalent to a username or log-on on other systems. It is preassigned to you by the University's IT department, based on your initials (at the time of creation/during your studenthood) and an arbitrary number. If you did not have a UNI as a student, you do have one now; if you did have a UNI as a student, it is almost always your UNI as an alumna/us.