M.S. and M.P.S. Orientation Schedule
It is expected that all incoming students to the School of Professional studies participate fully in their Orientation. The M.S. and M.P.S. New Student Orientation will include three parts:
- SPS Pre-Orientation Portal and University Tutorials
- New Student Virtual Workshops
- Academic Program Breakouts
1. SPS Pre-Orientation Portal and University Tutorials
All new School of Professional Studies students are required to participate in the following pre-orientation trainings:
- SPS Pre-Orientation Portal
- Welcome to Columbia Tutorial
- Sexual Assault Prevention Tutorial
The SPS Pre-Orientation Portal is an online, asynchronous portal required for all incoming students prior to their arrival on campus. This portal introduces students to various offices and resources available to them while at SPS. This portal includes information about academic integrity, student engagement, ISSO, health services, and more.
*If you are unable to access the SPS Pre-Orientation Portal using the link above, copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://preorientation.sps.columbia.edu. If you require the ADA compatible version, once you login there is a button on the bottom right that says "ADA Version."
Additionally, all incoming students to Columbia University must complete two, university-required online trainings hosted by University Life on Courseworks. These include 1) Welcome to Columbia and 2) Sexual Assault Prevention. These tutorials will be made available to incoming students starting on December 17, 2021.
Failure to complete the designated required sections by January 18, 2022, will result in a registration hold on your student account which will prevent you from registering for classes.
2. New Student Virtual Workshops
At the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, your transition to graduate studies is important to us. We have designed various virtual workshops to support your transition. Whether you are learning how to finance your degree, navigate your academics or seeking guidance on professional development, we have a session just for you!
All new SPS students are expected to attend as many workshops as possible. Domestic students are not expected to attend either of the workshops designed for international students.
3. Academic Program Breakouts
The Academic Program Breakout Session is an opportunity to meet with leaders and representatives from your academic program, learn about your coursework, and get to know your fellow classmates. Students will be notified of their program session’s date and time with a link to register. We expect your academic breakout to last approximately 2 hours. As of the University's COVID guidance issued on December 22, 2021, all Academic Program Breakout Sessions will be held virtually.
If you have any questions, please reach out to sps-studentlife [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.