Welcome to New York City and to the School of Social Work at Columbia University! We are so glad you’ve decided to embark on this journey with us. To help get you started, we have prepared a New Student Checklist. In addition, we offer answers to these Frequently Asked Questions:
Admitted students will receive invitations via email to the following events. Meanwhile, please mark your calendar for:
Saturday, March 29th - Admitted Students Day @ CSSW
Regional Admitted Students Receptions:
Tuesday, March 18th - San Francisco
Thursday, March 20th - Los Angeles
Thursday, April 3rd - Boston
Information sessions and webinars for admitted students are also currently being scheduled. Keep an eye on your email for more information.
Orientation for new Two-Year, Extended, Reduced Residency and Transfer students will be held the week of August 25-29, 2014. Orientation for new Advanced Standing students will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014. During Orientation, you’ll receive your class schedule and learn about registration, your field placement, and various student resources, among many other topics.
All incoming first year students who are entering field in Fall 2014 must attend the Preparation for the Profession Orientation. The mandatory sessions will be held on the following dates:
August 29th, 10am-4pm (Part of the Orientation Week)
September 2, 10am-4pm
September 8, 10am-4pm
September 12, 10am-4pm
Orientation schedules will be posted as they become available. Please check back.
Fall 2014 classes will begin on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Classes for Advanced Standing students begin earlier - on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
Learn more about your options here.
You will receive your field placement assignment during Orientation week. (You will be notified before Orientation only if your placement requires special tests—e.g., fingerprinting or medical clearance.)
Students entering their first year of field placement are in the field three days a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.
Please go to the General Students Questions page, which provides guidance on housing, health insurance and other common student issues.
I am an international student. When will I receive my I-20 student visa form? Do I need to send additional documentation?
If you are an international student, you must apply to Columbia University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) for an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for student status. The I-20 is required to apply for a student entry visa at a U.S. consulate, to present at a port of entry upon arrival, and to transfer your SEVIS record if you are currently in the United States on an F-1 status. NOTE: SEVIS transfer students must have the current school’s international office transfer your SEVIS record to Columbia before you apply for an I-20 from Columbia.
Application Process: I-20 Certificate of Eligibility
- As soon as possible, submit your online application for an I-20 to the ISSO by following the steps at: http://isso.columbia.edu. NOTE: All supporting documents must be submitted by email using the address provided on this site.
- The ISSO will review your documentation and send the I-20 that is required to apply for an F-1 student entry visa at the U.S. Consulate in your home country or, for students who already have F-1 status, to complete the SEVIS transfer process. NOTE: ISSO usually sends out the I-20 forms four (4) weeks after it has received all required documentation and your application is complete.
Still have questions?
Please contact the Office of Admissions at 212-851-2400 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have financial aid related questions, please call 212-851-2293 or e-mail email@example.com.
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