Columbia School of Social Work group of admitted students


Your First Three Steps

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Step One

Go over the Admitted Students Checklist to keep up with important actions that need to be completed before starting classes.

For information on costs and financial aid, please go to this page. See also: Admitted Students FAQ page.

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Step Two

Mark your calendar for Orientation Week: January 14 – 18, 2019 

Orientation Week is mandatory for full-time on-campus students. Online Campus students are welcome to attend Orientation Week, but are not required to do so. Extended and Reduced Residency students are required to attend the first day of Orientation Week. 

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Step Three

Mark your calendar with the dates for Preparation for the Profession (P4P), a mandatory orientation for incoming full-time students conveying important information about what to expect from your first field placement.

For students starting field placements in Spring 2019, the first day of field is Monday, January 28. P4P sessions will be held:

  • Thursday, January 17
  • Tuesday, January 22
  • Friday, January 25

Welcome to New York City

Columbia University’s School of Social Work is located in Morningside Heights, Upper Manhattan. Even if you’ve never been to our neighborhood before, you’ll soon feel right at home—especially once you discover Apple Tree Supermarket, along with restaurants and cafes that cater to students. Watch the video here for some suggestions from recent graduates on how to make yourself at home. The rest of New York is, of course, within a subway or bus ride. As a Columbia graduate student you are eligible for discount tickets, which can be purchased at Lerner Hall, on the Morningside Campus.

Resources for International Students

international students

If you are arriving from overseas, here are some special resources:

  1. The International Students Program at CSSW (Information and FAQ)
  2. Coming to Columbia: Essential Information for Students

NYC Housing/Accommodation

Welcome to New York City! Please click here for more information about your housing options while attending CSSW.


Make the Most of Your Time at CSSW

Video + Quotes from former students 

Tips for success from our recent graduates:

  • “Come in with an open mind.”
  • “If you want to do something outside of the box, go for it!”
  • “Career Development I found enormously helpful.”
  • “Manage your time effectively.”
  • “I appreciate the self-care awareness that the School has.”
  • “There’s so much going on on this campus.”
  • “Outside of the classroom learning is just as important as that in-class learning.”
  • “It’s all out there; this is New York City.”
  • “The two years go by really fast.”