Welcome Day is Columbia Engineering's new graduate student orientation! It is an integral way to commence your graduate studies. During Welcome Day, you'll learn about important school and university resources, attend mandatory trainings, meet key school administrators and most importantly, meet your new classmates! 

Spring 2024 Welcome Day - MANDATORY New Graduate Student Orientation - Thursday, January 11, 2024

Spring 2024 new graduate student orientation (aka Welcome Day) is IN PERSON & MANDATORY

During new student orientation, you'll attend the following required events:

  • Engineering Student Affairs (ESA) Office's Presentation 
  • Professional Development & Leadership (PDL) session (M.S. student only) 
  • Title IX training
  • Sexual Violence Response (SVR) training 

Welcome Month Events and Activities

Columbia Engineering Welcome Day kick-starts our Welcome Month Programming! Throughout January and early February, the Graduate Student Life team has organized several on-campus and off-campus events. These events introduce you to New York City and the Columbia Community.

The following events are exclusively for incoming Graduate Engineering students at Columbia. There are a limited amount of tickets available for each event. Information about each event and ticket sale dates will be sent to your LionMail account. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.


  • Attend signature NYC sporting events (e.g., NY Knicks, Brooklyn Nets & NY Rangers) 
  • Attend signature NYC cultural/music performances (e.g., NY Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera & NYC Ballet)
  • Visit signature NYC museums 
  • EGSC Carleton Commons Social 
  • Graduate Student Life Campus Life Fair 


Disability Accommodations

Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to attend an event at Columbia University, please contact Disability Services ([email protected] or 212-854-2388) at least 10 days in advance of the event. 

Contact Engineering Student Affairs

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: (212) 854-6438

New Student Checklist (Required Action Items)

For new students joining Columbia Engineering, the Office of Graduate Student Affairs has organized a comprehensive orientation program and a checklist to support you. 

Immunization Requirements

There are several immunization requirements that all students—regardless of credit load—must meet. Students that intend to access campus for any reason at any time, including those registered only for online courses, are subject to this requirement. 

Keep Our Community Healthy

All of us at Columbia—students, faculty, and staff—commit to doing what we can to reduce and stop transmission of COVID-19 within and around the University community. The University commits to doing the same.

COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff who will be present on campus this fall. By August 2, you must provide vaccine documentation or apply for a religious or medical exemption.

Engineering Graduate Student Handbook

This student handbook contains most of the policies guiding your tenure as students at Columbia. You are responsible for knowing the contents and following all policies contained within.

Engineering Wellness

Engineering Wellness provides resources and services in order to promote general wellness for students. Engineering Wellness is a part of the Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) at Columbia University, School of Engineering.


Call Public Safety at (212) 854-5555