Student Life

Take Advantage of the Richness of Campus Life

Beyond classes and practicum, the Columbia School of Social Work and the wider university offer countless opportunities for students to extend their networks, build community, and practice their leadership and professional skills.

Social Work students lead caucuses, write for publications, organize events, and engage in activism of various kinds.

CSSW Graduation 2024

Class of 2024, we are excited to celebrate all that you have accomplished during your time at the School of Social Work! The Columbia School of Social Work Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2024 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Graduate Arrival Time: 3:00 p.m.
Doors Open for Guests: 3:30 p.m.
Location: South Lawn, Morningside Campus

More information here.

Honing Your Professional Skills

Student Caucuses

Cultivate relationships with your peers, grow your professional network, and practice being an advocate and leader by joining one or more of the 20+ caucuses at the School of Social Work.

Student Union

The Student Union is the official representative student council of the School of Social Work. Its mission is to enhance the educational experience of the student body through fostering activities and consistent advocacy.

Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders provide support to new students adjusting to graduate school life and the School of Social Work. They serve as peer mentors throughout the academic year and build community and connections among students, faculty, and staff.

Additional Questions Concerning Student Life at CSSW

For students at a major urban university like Columbia, the biggest challenge lies in choosing among the myriad activities competing for your attendance and participation. At the School of Social Work, there is Wellness Week in the fall, Community Week in the spring, and an Annual Gala at the end of the academic year; this is in addition to School-sponsored panels, happy hours, film screenings, and other gatherings you won’t want to miss!

You can join a caucus, start a caucus, or take on leadership roles, like: Student Union Officers, Caucus Leaders, and Orientation Leaders.

To get started, we suggest that you review the Student Caucuses or contact Student Life.

Every student event must be sponsored by a recognized Student Group or School Office, so your first step should be to contact a Student Caucus group of the Office of Student Life.

Your Student Activity Fee covers the cost of most of the School’s student events – student caucus events, Student Union events, Orientation Leader events, affinity graduations, and more!