Campus Life

Student-run Organizations

  • Association for Computer Engineering (ACM) – Led by student, Columbia’s chapter of 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.
  • Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC) – The EGSC is a student government organization that 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) – GSAC is a student government organization that 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 (SGB) – The SGB 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.
  • Business-CS Connection – A social network that connects Masters students from the Computer Science Department with students from Columbia’s Graduate School of Business. This program is a work-in-progress.
  • Women in Computer Science (WICS) WICS is the computer science branch of WISC. Like WISC, WICS networks, encourages, guides and outreaches to female undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs within computer science, as well as faculty and staff. Membership is open to everyone, whether you are part of the computer science program or not; membership is open to anyone interested in promoting women in computer science.

Columbia Athletics – For information on work-out facilities, sporting events and tickets, and hours of operation, please see Go ColumbiaLions 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 their 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) – The CSA is 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 work together 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.

Undergraduate and Graduate Housing – The purpose of Housing is to provide 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.