Campus & Community

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This page is dedicated to stories about Columbia's campus and community. From student, staff, and faculty profiles to interesting events happening on campus and in our surrounding neighborhoods, here is where you can find the latest about what's happening on and around Columbia's campuses. 

Story Highlight

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Look Up! 8 Luminous Photos From an Eclipse-Viewing Gathering on Low Plaza

Graduation season is here and it is time for the Class of 2024 to strike a pose. Every year, we love to see the creativity and verve that goes into your grad poses — from selfies, to family pics, to group snaps, and everything in between!

We know everyone wants to grab an iconic photo in their regalia with Alma Mater, but construction for Commencement and school ceremonies starts earlier than you think. This year, the date for construction load-in is April 12. What's a grad to do? Columbia News has you covered with ideas for other iconic spots on and around Columbia's campuses to grab your photos.

On April 8, 9, and 10, the Commencement team has also set up special grad photoshoots with professional photographers that you can sign up for here. You can find price points for photo packages here.

Photo of the Week

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Flower Power

Spring has sprung! Take time to revel in the beauty of the season, despite the cold and rain. 


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The Columbia News Quiz: March Madness Edition

Test yourself with questions on Pi Day celebrations, electric fish at the Zuckerman Institute, and the Battle of the Dining Halls. Let's see how much you remember from the month of March.


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Six Secrets of Low Library

From its Pantheon-inspired dome to its sweeping staircase, Low Library is the beating heart of Columbia’s Morningside campus. Designed by McKim, Mead & White, the architects behind the Brooklyn Museum and Boston Public Library, Low is an iconic nationally recognized landmark. But it is also full of arcane bits of history that would be lost to time were it not for the archivists, geologists, and other curious minds who have dug up pieces of its past.

Here are six things every Columbian should know about Low (including a handy tip should you need a rescue from its historic single-occupancy elevator). 


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Out and About


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Self-Care Fair


Take a much-needed pause from your studies and immerse yourself in a world of relaxation and mindfulness at the Self-Care Fair hosted by SVR. Join us at Lerner 555 for an enriching experience where you can create your personalized self-care kit, explore the calming effects of painting, coloring, and Lego building, and gain valuable insights into mindfulness, stress management, and improving sleep. Don’t miss the chance to enter a drawing for prizes, capture the fun moments at our photo booth, and enjoy a variety of food and beverages. This rejuvenating event is exclusively open to Columbia students (including affiliates) - mark your calendars and let us help you unwind and refresh!

More Stories

Columbians have long been biking to and around campus, but added bike racks and safer street connections throughout the city make two-wheeling it m

Michelle Young, GSAPP alumna and faculty member as well as founder of Untapped New York, helps reacquaint us with the can't-miss spots of Morningsi

Beat the summer heat with some cool podcasts from around our community. 

On June 21, Columbia University Libraries hosted a ribbon-cutting to symbolize the full reopening of library spaces. Here's what you can expect thi

Celebrate LGBTQ+ history at Columbia and the people who made that history with a little trivia.

Looking back at the contributions of LGBTQ+ Columbians, offering resources, and sharing the events you can participate in this Pride Month.

From the first volume of Barack Obama's presidential memoir to a collection of classic recipes by Jacques Pépin, these books by Columbia alumni are

From chefs to presidents, listen to the wisdom of some of Columbia's greatest graduation speeches. 

From graduation tchotchkes to special speakers, test your knowledge of Columbia's Commencement.