Student Profile: Ryan Rivera Spends Breaks Alternatively, Helps Peers Do the Same

When Ryan Rivera began his undergraduate studies at Columbia four years ago, he had no idea he would soon leave his pre-med program to pursue a new passion: economics. He had a hunch, however, that in choosing Columbia, he had chosen a future full of hard work, challenges, and new discoveries—about himself, and about the world outside of his hometown.

Student Profile: Sarah Yang's Many Passions Have Service in Common

When Sarah Yang visited Columbia as a prospective student, she thought she might like to study engineering. Others had told her she would excel in the field, but like many recent high school graduates, Yang was passionate about so many subjects that choosing a major seemed overwhelming.

ID Center Reopened

Please note: The ID Center has reopened. Thank you for your patience while we dealt with some urgent repairs.

A New Way to Plan Registration

Students: This spring, there is a new way to plan for your course registration and enrollment. “Vergil” is a web application that brings everything you need to shop for courses to one convenient location. Vergil will significantly enhance your course planning while eliminating the need to access multiple tools and separate sources of course information. Vergil is your “one-stop shop.”

Student Profile: Julian NoiseCat Makes Space for Native Student Community

Julian NoiseCat  came to Columbia for three main reasons: The Manhattan location—the perfect place to spend one’s early twenties, he said—the promise of learning the Great Books of Western civilization, and the unique opportunity to build a Native American community where there wasn’t one before.

“When an admissions officer told me Columbia was looking to build a space for Native students, I knew I needed to be a part of it,” he said.

Change of Program Period Hours

Please note that the Student Financial Services and the Office of the University Registrar will have modified hours during the Change of Program Period.

Holiday Closings

The Student Service Center and ID Center will be closed from Thursday, December 25 until Monday, January 5.

Brief Closing - December 17

The Student Service Center and the ID Center will be briefly closed on December 17  from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. These offices will also close early on December 18, at 4:00 p.m.

Student Profile: Zahrah Taufique Serves Those in Need at Home and Abroad

Zahrah Taufique is a champion for underserved communities wherever they exist; from Columbia’s campus to the world at large. When she sees a problem, Taufique delivers a solution—whether it’s creating a women’s squash team, founding a free clinic for refugees, or pursuing a field of study that will enable her to help those who need it most.


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