Knowing that student learning continues beyond the classroom, the Office of Student Engagement strongly encourages students to become involved in programs and activities to enhance their educational experience and personal growth. A wide array of student organizations addresses both student interests and professional concerns, including the arts, politics, identity, culture, and religion. Joining such groups offers an exciting and dynamic opportunity to develop leadership skills that will serve students well throughout their lives.
Whether students are looking for advice on running an organization, planning an event, sorting out their organization's financial records, or starting a student group, Student Engagement is an invaluable resource. Staff advisers are available to assist both students and student organizations with their unique objectives.
The programs and services Student Engagement offers are designed to help build a sense of community, support responsible student governance and cocurricular activities, and further students' leadership development and personal growth. Class year programming provides events tailored to the needs of each specific class, from first years adjusting to college to graduating seniors preparing for life after campus. Civic engagement programs are offered on a rolling basis and provide an opportunity for students to become active members of their larger community. In addition, the office administers the New Student Orientation Program, and various pre-orientation programs, including the Columbia Outdoor Orientation programs (COÖP), Columbia Urban Experience (CUE), and the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP).
For more information on the various services and programs offered, please visit the Community Development website.
Programs and activities at Columbia are primarily shaped by students who assume leadership and volunteer positions in hundreds of organizations across the campus. As the College's elected representative body, the Engineering Student Council is the schoolwide elected representative body of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Its members represent interests on committees and projects addressing a wide range of issues facing the Columbia community and help shape the quality of life for Columbia students.
Working in conjunction with the Engineering Student Council (ESC), the Activities Board at Columbia (ABC) oversees the management and funding of student groups. The Student Government Office, which is run by the ABC, provides information for students on campus organizations and events and offers office support to the over one hundred student groups that operate directly under the ABC. Another one hundred student-run organizations operate from other parts of the campus - including the Inter-Greek and Undergraduate House Councils, club sports, and the Earl Hall Center.
Of special interest to engineering students are the preprofessional societies, recognizing the various academic disciplines. These societies, which include the Asian-American Society of Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers, provide many networking opportunities for students.