Engineering Welcome Day & Orientation is on August 28, 2021!

We are so excited to welcome you to Columbia! This year's Grad SEAS Welcome Day will be held on August 28. This will be your chance to familiarize yourself with the campus and the resources available to you as a member of our community. It will also be a great opportunity for you to meet your peers, as well as some of the faculty you will be learning from during your time at Columbia. Welcome Day is open to all incoming graduate engineering students. 

Fall 2021 Welcome Day Schedule
8:00am Student Check-In Begins (Staggered Based on Ticket Time)
10:00am Welcome & Dean’s Greetings
10:30am Columbia Engineering Student & Academic Programs
10:50am Graduate Career Placement & Professional Development and Leadership
11:15am Graduate Community Life & Standards and Student Wellbeing
11:30am EGSC & Student Organizations
11:45am Graduate Student Life Experience
12:00pm Closing Remarks
12:10pm Grab and Go Lunch

2021 Welcome Month Events and Activities

Engineering Welcome Day/Orientation kick starts our Welcome Month Programming! Throughtout September, Graduate Student Affairs has organized several performances, exhibits, tours, tastings for you to explore. These events are designed to 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 over the summer. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.


  • New York Yankee games
  • Boat tours to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Scavenger hunts around Columbia
  • U.S. Open
  • New York City Football Club games
  • Big Onion and bus tours around the city
  • Evening Socials at Ellington in the Park
  • Dia Beacon
  • Bowling nights
  • Paint N Sip


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 Graduate Student Affairs

EMAIL[email protected]

PHONE: (212) 854-2993

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.

Your Orientation Team

Andy Chae, New Student Orientation


Betty Matias Hsu, International Students Support & Program Logistics


Yannick LBrookes, University Policies and Student Arrival Requirements


Adrieanna Reyes, Media Content and Orientation Information Processor