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Parents of New Students

The Office of New Student Programs provides services to assist all new undergraduate students, both academically and socially, during their transition into the Columbia College creative community. Engagement begins with Orientation and carries through to a range of First Year Experience Programs that occur throughout the school year. We invite parents to partner with us to encourage their students to begin taking advantage of all Columbia has to offer as soon as they arrive. Explore our website to find out about Orientation, Weeks of Welcome, New Student Leadership Academy, and a variety of other initiatives managed or supported by our office. We hope you will make yourself familiar with these engagement opportunities and encourage your student to participate in them.

 Parent Weekend   
  New Student Programs 
New Student Guide 

Parents of New Students: News

Is Your Student Living On-Campus?
So you’re looking at your student waving in the rearview mirror in front of the University Center, you may be holding back tears and that’s okay! But what’s next?

Is Your Student A Commuter Student?
If your student will still be living with you at home, you are facing an equally difficult transition as your student learns to manage a new academic and social life, while their home life might still feel the same. Here are a few tips on how you can make that change a bit more manageable (for both of you).

Know Your Rights – Learn More About FERPA
Columbia complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, by publishing an annual notice to students explaining your rights under the act in the college catalog and student handbook.

This is can be one of the most exciting days for the new student! You get to finally set up your new bedspread and your sweet collage of friends from home. Keep it fun by preparing for the move.

Plan a Visit

So what if these Parent Weekends don’t work out for you?  We say, plan your own visit!

Student Employment
Read about the great benefits of working on campus. 


Parents of New Students: Events

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