Your Back-to-Campus at Columbia Toolkit

Welcome Back to Columbia!

The team at Columbia News wants to ensure you have all the information you need to make the most of your time on campus ... whether you're a freshman, senior, grad student, or anything in between. So, consider this your *virtual orientation kit* from a knowledgeable new friend.

Below, you'll find everything from trivia and #lifehacks to how-tos, who-to-follows, and discounts.

Have more questions you'd like answered about the ins and outs of the Columbia experience? Email [email protected]. We'll get right on it!

And in the meantime, if you have any questions about Fall 2021 COVID-19 policies, visit the "COVID-19 Resource Guide for the Columbia Community."

Bottom-line advice: “Don't worry too much about grades. It's important to do well academically, but that's not all. Go out and experience the rich cultures around you. Go out and meet people. Start a conversation at a local coffee shop. Be adventurous.” — Eunice Kim, GS’19

More resources: 


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Arts Initiative

Free and discounted tickets to performances, museums, and movies from Broadway to Carnegie Hall. 

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NYC Destinations

City Guide compiles the list of perks a student ID can get you in New York City. 

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The University Network

The University Network (TUN) is an online database that connects students to merchants offering student discounts. You can use their interactive map to find discounts close to you. 

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CUIT Discounts

CUIT has negotiated discount arrangements with Apple, Dell, and other vendors on behalf of the Columbia community.

Join the Fun in Our Back-To-School Photobooth

Here are some examples of what we want to see: your first day of class fit, your immaculate desk set-up, your fave study buddies. Share your memories in the #WelcomeHomeColumbia virtual photo booth. 

Instructions: Open this link on your phone or desktop, pick boomerang/photo and either snap a pic or upload a photo. Share to our University gallery and get a copy for yourself! Don't forget to share on social media and tag @Columbia and #WelcomeHomeColumbia