Student Activities

Students returning from COÖP

Student Activities

As one alumna said, “Columbians expect to be involved.” You will meet other students like you — students who want to make an impact in their community, continue a familiar passion, or discover a new one. Clubs here are some of the most interesting, rewarding, close-knit, and fun micro-communities you’ll ever be part of.

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African American advocacy group on a multi-racial campus in the U.S.

The Varsity Show boasts many famous alumni

The Varsity Show, now in its 127th year, boasts alumni like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Art Gunfunkel, Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey and Terrence McNally. The full-length student-produced musical is Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition.

Surf, Turf and Earth (youtube video)

An annual outdoor feast celebrating the start of spring.

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clubs and organizations – the most interesting, rewarding, close-knit and fun Columbia micro-communities

A Global Community

Our students, faculty and alumni make up an international network of active, engaged citizens.

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social justice, service and student-led initiatives, clubs and organizations

Tree Lighting (youtube video)

Columbia students gather to celebrate the winter season with hot chocolate, a capella singing and beautiful lights. 

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religious/spiritual campus organizations

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gay-rights advocacy group on any college campus

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service and research partnerships across New York City
“Connecting with people very - or even slightly - different from ourselves stimulates the imagination; and when we learn to see the world through a multiplicity of eyes, we only make ourselves more nimble in mastering - and integrating - the diverse fields of knowledge awaiting us.”

Lee C. Bollinger; President, Columbia University

Engineers Without Borders

The Columbia chapter of Engineers Without Borders supports international community-driven development programs and collaborates with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects.