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

a group at manhattanville community day
12 Photos From a Vibrant Manhattanville Community Day This June

While the past few Manhattanville Community Day celebrations have challenged us to have a blast even in rainy conditions, this spring's event on June 8 was as sunny, vibrant, and fun-filled as they come. 

A performance connecting the brain, art, and wellness; DJ Stormin' Norman's sweet tunes; delicious noshes from local vendors with the Columbia University Small Business Development Center; a plethora of kids activities including hands-on STEM and art creations; health screenings, film viewings, and incredible community organizations tabling both indoors and out, made for a full day of fun (see full activity list here). 

Photo of the Week

Summer flowers on campus
Sumptuous Summer

Summer floral vibes are on full display on these bright days. Revel in the beauty of the season, and appreciate the moments when life slows down.


MArch Madness at Levien
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.


Yew Trees on Columbia campus.
What Happened to Columbia's Yew Trees?

Senior Class gifts have evolved significantly over the years. In the early days of Columbia in Morningside Heights, the Senior Class ended their Class Day with the presentation of the class gift: the planting of a yew tree on Low Plaza and a speech given by a Yew Tree Orator chosen by the class. Why would students give the University a yew tree? And where are all these yew trees today? Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library has the answers.


Avery Hall blobs.

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Out and About


#cephalopodweek trivia night
Cephalopod Week Trivia Night

JUNE 18 | 9:30PM

Join us for a jam-packed evening that’s part science-y facts and mind-blowing knowledge experience, celebrating our favorite invertebrates: cephalopods, like squid, cuttlefish, and octopuses! Bring your nerdy team together (or bravely play solo) to win ultimate bragging rights—and some real prizes, too. Gather your poddy and test your squiddy knowledge! 

Hosted by Diana Plasker of Science Friday and Dr. Diana Li of the Zuckerman Institute.

More Stories

Meet us on September 19 and 20 to initiate the Washington Heights, Morningside Heights, and West Harlem portions of the effort to clean up Broadway

From Convocation and move-in, NSOP to ice cream trucks on College Walk, the fall semester is off to an energetic start.

Henry Clemente, a head cleaner with Facilities and Operations, knows every nook and cranny of the Morningside campus.

Ruben Natal-San Miguel, a 9/11 survivor, is using his artistry to amplify the power of human connection.

We featured some cool cats and hot dogs on campus for International Cat Day and National Dog Day, but there's plenty more happening at Columbia as

As the school year kicks off, we asked Columbia researchers and staff how best to handle new endeavors. Here’s what they said.

Ocean Rivera, a peer health navigator at Columbia ICAP’s Harlem Prevention Center, was a state finalist in the 2023 Miss New York USA pageant.

President Minouche Shafik joined the Columbia community on July 1 and has hit the ground running in her new role.

Is there any more delightful sight across Columbia's campuses than a puppy bounding with endless enthusiasm?

If you live Uptown and are looking to visit a farmers market near you, we’ve got you covered.

Suggestions for where to find art, music, and more around Columbia.

Columbia University President Minouche Shafik, alongside elected officials and local leaders in education, made a classroom visit in late July.