About University Life

"The mission of the new Office of University Life will be to further the academic and community experience of students, faculty and staff at Columbia."

- Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger 

At the Office of University Life, our focus is on the University community.

Columbia is intensely diverse and robustly pluralistic -- with 16 schools and students, faculty and staff from myriad disciplines, backgrounds and experiences. Yet we share a collective commitment to advancing learning and knowledge at the highest level, and to sharing these efforts throughout the world. 

The Office of University Life is your hub for University-wide student life information and initiatives.

Here's a look at some of our work. Be sure to check out the other parts of this website for more.

University Life In the News

Columbia Spectator: CU Live gives students opportunity to showcase talent at Miller Theatre

April 6, 2018 - In a school as large as Columbia, it is rare that any event features students from across undergraduate and graduate schools. CU Live: Talent Showcase, hosted by the Office of University Life Events Council, however, managed to produce a wide cross section of students in Miller Theatre on Wednesday night.


Columbia Spectator: Claudia Rankine leads debate on issues of race and whiteness at University Life event

March 8, 2018 - Writer and MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine, Arts ’93, and Oral History Master of Arts professor Whitney Dow, GS ’86, discussed the role that white Americans play in conversations on race and identity at an event hosted by the Office of University Life on Wednesday. 


Columbia Spectator: With pamphlets and student volunteers, University aims to start conversations on race

February 28, 2018 - The Office of University Life will attempt to promote difficult conversations between students regarding race at Columbia with Campus Conversation packets, an initiative unveiled this week. In part because of Columbia’s politically correct culture, critical discourse about race and identity can be inhibited by students feeling uncomfortable with or unprepared to initiate these conversations on their own.


Columbia Spectator: On the importance of sitting (Op-ed by Suzanne Goldberg)

January 29, 2018 - I think we can all relate to the need to slow down, at least every once in a while, and that taking steps, whether by sitting, walking or just taking a deep breath, can make a real difference in how we feel. Wellness Days at Columbia provide a jumpstart, with many paths for fun, relaxation and learning.


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