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The Columbia University Visitors Center offers information sessions and campus tours, class visits, and provides maps and directions to and around campus.
Reservations are required for all Campus Visits, including Information Sessions and Campus Tours. Please click the date to register for a campus visit.
Information Sessions last one hour and are conducted by members of the Admissions Committee. The Sessions offer you the opportunity to learn more about the Columbia undergraduate experience – Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, the Core Curriculum, New York City, academic advising, research, internships, residential life, extracurricular activities, financial aid, requirements for admission, and other topics.
Tours of Columbia’s campus last one hour. All tours are conducted by current undergraduate students who are members of the Columbia Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. The tours provide a general overview of academic and student life at both Columbia College and Columbia Engineering.
Engineering Tours last approximately one hour, are conducted by current Columbia Engineering undergraduate students, and begin on Fridays and select Mondays at 1:00 p.m. The tours provide an in-depth look into Columbia Engineering’s faculty, research opportunities, research facilities and social and academic life, and are designed to supplement, but not replace, the information session and general campus tour. Space is limited, and we regret that we are unable to accommodate walk-in requests for the Engineering Tours.
Science Tours are conducted by current Columbia College undergraduate scientists on Fridays and select Mondays from 12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Following the tour, participants may choose to either stay for an optional 15 minute lab visit or return to the Visitors Center for the start of the 1:00 p.m. engineering tour (which will feature two lab visits). Science tours are designed for prospective students who are seriously considering scientific research academically. Highlights of the tour include faculty, facilities, research, and the student experience in the biological, natural, and physical sciences while also touching on Columbia’s legacy of scientific discovery. The Science Tour is intended to supplement, but not replace, the information session and general campus tour. Space is limited, and we regret that we are unable to accommodate walk-in requests.
Campus Tours are suspended from August 24 until September 8, due to the New Student Orientation Program. Information Sessions will continue to be offered at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on Monday, August 31, and Monday, vvvvvvvvvv c x September 7.