Virtual Visit

Register for a Virtual Information Session

We are pleased to offer Virtual Information Sessions while our on-campus events are suspended through Fall 2020. 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.

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.

Attend a Student Panel about Academic Opportunities

Learn more about Columbia’s enriching academic experience. Current students will host a variety of panels guiding you through their experiences studying arts and humanities, science, engineering and more. Take this opportunity to ask questions about what makes studying at Columbia unique. Please note that these panels should serve as supplemental information to the general Undergraduate Admissions Information Session.

Learn about Student Life and Our Community

Curious about student life and want to hear directly from Columbia students? Get a first-hand account at our panel discussions where international, rural and first-generation students share their experiences and allow you to ask questions from students who represent these voices in our community. We are also offering informal social media Q&A sessions with current undergraduates from Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. 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: askastudent@columbia.edu.

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. 

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

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.

Explore Columbia

If you are interested in seeing more, then this video playlist should be your next stop. We’ve carefully curated a selection of videos to help you deepen your knowledge about all things Columbia. Start here for an introductory look at our university and our community. Then visit our YouTube channel for a deeper dive into our transformative curriculum and renowned faculty, beloved community traditions, day-in-the-life student stories, and highlights from our location in Morningside Heights and in New York City. 

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.

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.