Community Programs

Out of Student Life there are many large scale programs that focus on various co-curricular aspects of Barnard College. The office coordinates both fall and spring New Student Orientation Programs that welcome and introduce first-year, transfer, visiting and international students to the College.  Building community is another essential part of this area which is primarily done through programming. On- and off-campus programs are offered as ways of building relationships and gaining a sense of belonging at Barnard.

Annual programs include:

  • The New Student Orientation Program (NSOP): Every new student's introduction to the Barnard and Columbia community.
  • Block Party: A party on Lehman Lawn that is always hosted on the first day of classes, welcoming back students with free food and class-themed giveaways!
  • Self-Care Series: Where students can decompress from academic life and focus on their personal and creative needs through Start withYourself.
  • Senior Week: Students wait four years for their final days on campus, which we call Senior Week! Join your classmates for the Senior Ball and the Senior Rooftop Event for exclusive social gatherings for graduating Seniors.
  • Columbia Urban Experience (CUE):

    This week long pre-orientation program held August 23-30, 2015 for Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies/Jewish Theological Seminary Joint Program and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science students, empowers incoming first-years to explore what it means to effectively engage in one's community through direct service in the city of New York. Students will explore the ethical perspectives of service, obstacles to conducting meaningful work, and forms of thoughtful, sustainable, and responsible service as university students in NYC. The program enhances CUE-ers' experiences at various service sites with article-based discussions as well as opportunities to hear from individuals who have conducted work in the non-profit sector and have encountered and considered these issues. Through the support of deeply committed student leaders, participation in CUE eases the first-years' transition to college and provides valuable mentoring that lasts well beyond the CUE week. As the school year begins, CUE fosters an ongoing commitment to service, while maintaining the CUE family that will support and inspire CUE-ers in their leadership and social justice endeavors at Barnard College/Columbia University and beyond. 
    For more information on the Columbia Urban Experience program please follow this link, where you can find FAQs, a sample itinerary, testimonials and more. 
    If you are interested in applying to the Columbia Urban Experience program please visit this link, to complete the application for the program.