Virtual Visit

Register for a Virtual Information Session

We are pleased to offer Virtual Information Sessions while our on-campus events are suspended. Sessions last one hour and are conducted by members of the Committee on Admissions and student leaders. The sessions offer you the opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the Columbia undergraduate experience – Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, the Core Curriculum, New York City, research and internships, residential life, extracurricular activities, financial aid, requirements for admission, and other topics.

Meet Admissions Officers from Five Schools
Join virtual information sessions with admissions representatives and explore five universities at once. Sessions will include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid and an opportunity to ask questions. 

Exploring Educational Excellence sessions include Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice and the University of Chicago.
DiscoveringU sessions include Columbia, the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Michigan and Yale. 

Join a Live Columbia Virtual Tour

Experience Columbia’s vibrant community through the eyes of a current student as they take you on a virtual exploration of our campus. Enjoy a guided “walk” through our tour while learning more about key places and spaces that make up the student experience at Columbia. Guests will have the opportunity to connect with our student tour guide directly, have opportunities to ask questions and get to know the abundant offerings both campus and New York City have to offer.

Introduction to Columbia Engineering

Learn more about The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science from current undergraduates. Current students will guide you through what makes our engineering school unique and all that it has to offer. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions about the engineering experience at Columbia. Introduction to Columbia Engineering is held weekly on Monday. 

Learn about Student Life and Our Community

Curious about student life and want to hear directly from Columbia students? Get a first-hand account through our casual Q&A sessions with current undergraduates from Columbia College and Columbia Engineering held weekly on Thursday. Take this opportunity to chat and engage with current students and learn more about the many unique and special ways that Columbia fosters student community. Students who still have questions are also encouraged to connect with current Columbians at:

Hear Directly from Current Undergraduates

Hear firsthand from current undergraduates about their experiences within specific academic disciplines and student communities at Columbia. Student panels on topics like the sciences, the first-generation student community, arts and humanities offerings and women in engineering are held biweekly on Tuesday. These panels offer the opportunity to learn more about these distinct experiences in our campus community and allows for you to ask questions of students who are directly involved in these communities.

Columbia Admissions Daily Virtual Drop-In Hour

Columbia Admissions Daily Virtual Drop-In Hour gives prospective students the opportunity to have their admissions questions answered by an Admissions Officer. We kindly ask that students come prepared with their questions and spend no more than 10 minutes with the Admissions Officer. The space will be open to registrants for 60 minutes, and we encourage students to drop in at any time that is convenient for them within that hour. This resource is intended only for students who are considering applying to Columbia; please note that multiple students may attend the drop-in session at the same time.

In-Person Campus Tours Available through the Fall

Undergraduate Admissions and the Visitors Center are excited to welcome prospective students and families to Morningside Heights for in-person campus tours. To comply with University policy and social-distancing measures, these tours will be outside only; visitors will not be permitted to enter any buildings during the tour. Registration for fall 2021 campus tours is available now.

Take a Virtual Tour of Columbia

With Columbia's virtual tour, you can enjoy 360° panoramic views of Columbia’s beautiful Morningside Heights campus from the convenience of your own computer or mobile device. This interactive online walking tour includes stops inside iconic locations such as Butler Library and Low Rotunda, as well as our residence halls, academic spaces and dining facilities. Optional narration is available in English, Spanish and Mandarin. Want to explore our neighborhood and NYC? Take a look at the additional resources below.

Request a Student-Led Information Session

Groups of 10 or more have the opportunity to request a student-led information session that educates prospective students on college access broadly, and offers the chance to discuss their Columbia student experiences. This visit is intended for community-based organizations and secondary schools that would like to learn more about the college search process.

We know that nothing can entirely replace the experience of navigating a college campus on your own, talking directly with current students, experiencing the energy firsthand and getting a feel for the community that one day you may wish to call home. We hope we will be able to offer that opportunity again soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in continuing to learn about Columbia, please complete this form to receive updates and guidance. Then explore New York City virtually with this collection of videos. We also invite you to connect with us on InstagramFacebookTwitter and YouTube. Questions about how we're responding to changes in the college search process? We've done our best to answer them. We wish you the very best as you chart your path toward college.