Student Life

Student Organizations
Department Life
Campus Life
NYC Life

Located in NYC, one of the most diverse cities in the world, the Computer Science Department at Columbia University (CSCU) supports the diversity of the student population, encourages students to participate in student organizations and social events, and provides support to further students’ academic and professional and career development.

Student Organizations 

  • Women in Computer Science (WiCS). Encourages, guides, and provides outreach to female undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs within computer science, as well as faculty and staff. Membership is open to anyone–inside or outside CUCS–interested in promoting women in computer science.
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WiCS members visiting Watson’s Manhattan HQ
  • Women in Science at Columbia (WISC). Facilitates networking, support, mentoring and outreach among women graduate students and post-docs within the science departments.
  • Association for Computing Machinery (CU ACM). Provides students with resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. Columbia’s chapter of ACM also enables professional development and promotes policies and research that benefit society.
  • The Application Development Initiative (ADI). Nurtures student creativity and technological aptitude by creating a community and resources for student developers of all talents and interests.
  • Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC). Maintains communication between administrators and graduate students. Students discuss their concerns and issues; cultivate respect, interaction, and friendship among peers; represent engineering graduate students in correlation with other student-run organizations in the university community; and maintain relations with alumni and career services to help students in their professional career development.
  • Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC). Acts as a liaison between graduate students and administrators. Students have the ability to voice common concerns–housing, health care, study space and locations, and computer services–and sponsor academic, cultural, and social events and workshops that enhance the quality of student life.
  • Student Governing Board (SBG). Represents and works for the needs of Columbia’s student organizations. SGB commits to the principle of community self-government, and believes that students’ needs are best professed and expressed by the students themselves.

Academic Development

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Professional/Career Development

  • Professional Development Events – Previous events include: Pursuing a Career in Academia, Intellectual Property and Patent Law, Career in the Federal Government.
  • Alumni Career Panel – Alumni from the BS, MS, and PhD programs discuss about their careers and their industry and life after Columbia.
  • Industry Info Sessions – Companies that have held industry information sessions for CUCS students include Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Yahoo, AllienceBernstein, Facebook, Deutche Bank, BlackRock. Check the CS website Events calendar for dates and times.

For more information, see the Career Education website.

 

Department Life

CSCU organizes social events throughout the year for students and faculty to meet informally. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

  • Trips – In past semesters CSCU students have organized such trips as whitewater rafting, hiking, skiing, ice skating, bowling, comedy club night, and jazz club night.
  • BBQs – Every semester, CSCU students organize a BBQ in the CS courtyard and lounge.
  • Coffee Hour – Every Thursday CSCU students organize a coffee hour break in the CS lounge.  Coffee and cookies served!
  • Undergraduate Lunches – Once month during the academic year, CS undergrads are invited to have lunch with CS faculty.
  • Ice Cream Socials – Everyone loves ice cream!

Student organizations such as WiCS, EGSC, and GSAC also hosts professional and social events during the academic year.

Student Awards  

CSCU recognizes the outstanding performance and exemplary service of undergraduate and graduate students to the CSCU community every year with the following student awards:

  • Andrew P. Kosoresow Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance in TA’ing and Service
  • Paul Charles Michelman Memorial Award for Exemplary Service to the Computer Science Department
  • CS Service Award (PhD students)

Campus Life

 

Columbia Athletics – For information on work-out facilities, sporting events and tickets, and hours of operation, see the GoColumbiaLions main page:

CU Arts Initiative – Looking for some aesthetic stimulation? How about some authentic musical and theatrical performances? CU Arts Initiative has information about and resources for the latest arts, films, and theatrical performance, as well as information about NYC museums and culture sites. CU Arts Initiative is an excellent resource for NYC cultural activities for the CU community, and can provide students with ticket discounts and free admission to some programs, activities, and performances around the city.

Miller Theatre – A part of CU Arts Initiative, as well as a nationally recognized cultural center for artistic talent, Miller Theatre explores and provides audiences with contemporary opera, classical music, dance, and film. Miller Theatre is open to the public, but gives Columbia students discounts. Information on directions, shows, performances, and times can be found here.

International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) – ISSO welcomes more than 10,000 students, interns, scholars, and accompanying family members from nearly 150 countries and offers its international clientele an array of services through the ISSO. For information about services, activities, and programs, see the ISSO website.

Center for Student Advising (CSA) – For the use of undergraduates, CSA works with Academic Success programs and the Undergraduate Scholars Program. Advisors help plan academic programs each semester, answer questions about degree and Core requirements (for Columbia College undergraduates and first-year/sophomore students) and nontechnical requirements (for SEAS undergraduates), as well as help with any student inquiries or concerns. CSA works with faculty and other administrators to help generate student success.

Center for Career Services – Career Services provides students with help finding a job or internship; they also provide counseling sessions and practice interviews, as well as offers current students with connections to alumni. Career Services creates career fairs and host special events for current student, as well as provide students help with various career resources, such as workshops on resumes & CVs, interviewing, cover letters, negotiating, and networking, in a variety of different fields.

Student Health Services at Columbia – Provides students with health services and promotes student well-being.

Columbia University’s Health Questions and Answer Site – In connection with Columbia’s Health Services, Go Ask Alice! allows students to ask questions or search for information regarding fitness and nutrition to relationships.

Undergraduate and Graduate Housing – Provides undergraduate and graduate student with hospitable services and a place to stay while they study. Columbia’s Housing websites provide students with information regarding different residential housing options, on-campus and off-campus residencies, and guest/conference accommodations. See Columbia’s Graduate Housing and Undergraduate Housing websites for more information.

Shuttle Buses – Shuttle buses travel among the Morningside campus, Lamont, Studebaker, the Medical Center, Harlem Hospital, and the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal. Shuttle service is available to all Columbia University affiliates with valid University ID, free of charge. For more information about the shuttle buss and other 24-hour transportation services, visit Columbia’s Transportation website.

Other Information:

For information regarding the Office of the Dean, Community Development, and Admissions and Financial Aid, as well as other topics of interest, see Columbia’s Student Affairs webpage.

Information regarding Columbia’s policies and procedures can be found here.

NYC Life

Popular Restaurants in Morningside Heights

Cafés & Bakeries
Levain Bakery* – 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Max Caffe* – 1261 Amsterdam Ave.
Artopolis – 1090 Amsterdam Ave.
Hungarian Pastry Shop – 1030 Amsterdam Ave.
Chokolat Patisserie – 3111 Broadway
Joe Coffee – 550 West 120th Street (on campus – Northwest Corner Building)
Kuro Kuma – 121 La Salle Street
Double Dutch Espresso – 2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Nous Espresso* – Graduate Student Center in Philosophy Hall

Restaurants
Max Soha* (Italian) – 1274 Amsterdam Ave.
Flat Top* (American) – 1241 Amsterdam Ave.
Xi’an Famous Foods* (Chinese) – 2675 Broadway
Lolo’s Seafood Shack* (Caribbean seafood) – 303 West 116th Street
Roti Roll* (Indian) – 994 Amsterdam Ave.
Doaba Deli* (Indian) – 945 Columbus Ave.
Masala Club* (Indian) – 254 West 108th Street
Friedman’s (American) – 1187 Amsterdam Ave.
Community Food & Juice (American/healthy) – 2893 BroadwayJin Ramen (Japanese) – 3183 Broadway
Sweetgreen (Salads) – 2937 Broadway
Bettolona (Italian) – 3143 Broadway
Dinosaur BBQ (bbq) – 700 West 125th Street
The Mill (Korean) – 2895 Broadway
Arts & Crafts Beer Parlor* (bar food) – 1135 Amsterdam Ave.
Brownie’s Cafe (sandwiches/salads) – basement of Avery Hall

(* = recommended by CS@CU students)

Grocery Stores Near Campus

M2M – 2935 Broadway
Apple Tree – 1225 Amsterdam Ave
Morton Williams – 2941 Broadway
Westside Market – 2840 Broadway
Fairway – 2328 12th Ave.
Best Market – 2817 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Health Services Near Campus

Columbia Health Center: John Jay Hall, 4th floor
Columbia Counseling and Psych Services: Alfred Lerner Hall, 8th Floor
CityMD Urgent Care – 2710 Broadway
St Luke’s Hospital – 1111 Amsterdam Ave.

Morningside Heights/Harlem Landmarks

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
General Grant National Memorial
Apollo Theater
Tom’s Restaurant (aka Monk’s from Seinfeld)
…and Columbia is home to the most famous classroom in NYC!

Other Helpful Links

Columbia Arts Initiative: cultural event listings around NYC, discounted tickets to movies, theater, museums.

Columbia Public Safety Bike Safety Tips: how to bike safely in NYC, free bike registration with the NYPD, discounted bike locks

MTA TripPlanner: to find the best public transit route to wherever you need to go in NYC.

NYC Rent Guidelines Board: What every New Yorker needs to know about rental housing.

Columbia Off-Campus Housing Assistance

NYCgo: The official guide to NYC

NYC Basic Tips & Etiquette: A funny (and useful!) cartoon guide.

The Free Food Facebook Group