Get Ready, Columbia!

August 31, 2023

Dear Students, 

As you get ready for the upcoming academic year, I am writing to share resources to support you. Whether you’re a new or returning student, University Life is here for you – as you build your network, find resources, and make the most of your time at Columbia.

A Message from Me, Joseph Greenwell, on Making Friends and Putting Yourself Out There

Check out upcoming Meet & Greets happening during Welcome Home Columbia – a great way to make new friends across the University!

You’re Invited: Welcome Home Columbia!
We hope you’ll join us for Welcome Home Columbia! This series of events, happening from September 5-15, is a University tradition to connect you with resources and your peers at the beginning of each semester. 

Tips on Making the Most of Your Time at Columbia, from the Class of 2023:
“You think you have to have everything figured out right away and be really good at the things that you want to do, whether it be an extracurricular or academic pursuit… But put yourself out there. Don't be afraid to look silly or fail.” -Maya Castronovo, CC’23

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First Semester Checklist
New this year and not sure what to prioritize? Download our first semester checklist for ideas about how to make your well-being a priority.

When it comes to finances, you might be wondering: Where do I begin?
Get started with iGrad. This free resource can help you create a monthly budget, identify your financial goals, understand student loans, and more. iGrad is available to all students and stays with you after you graduate. Just use your University email to create your login. 

Navigating Campus
Save this Maps & Locations page, so you can find your way around our campuses.

Upcoming Events to Help You Relax and Get Motivated:

Take care,

Joseph Defraine Greenwell, Ed.D. (he/him/his)
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
University Life