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New Student Orientation

Orientation is designed to foster academic and professional success. At Orientation, you will be able to meet and network with other SPS students, faculty, and staff who will support your transition to graduate studies. All students are strongly encouraged to attend.

SPS Pre-Orientation Portal

All School of Professional Studies (SPS) students are required to participate in an online, asynchronous Pre-Orientation portal prior to their arrival on campus. This portal provides information on items such as Title IX, Sexual Respect, Gender-Based Misconduct, EOAA, Academic Integrity, Alumni Affairs, ISSO, Health Services, and others. Many of these presentations are required by the University.

Failure to complete the designated required sections will result in a registration hold on your student account which will prevent you from registering for classes.

To access the pre-orientation portal, please click here, or copy and paste the following link into your browser: If you require the ADA compatible version, once you login there is a button on the bottom right that says "ADA Version." You need to complete this by Monday, January 11, 2021.

M.S. and M.P.S. Virtual Orientation

This year, Spring 2021 Orientation will be online. There will be a series of new student workshops from November 30th to December 10th, provided at multiple times and recorded to accommodate all schedules. An email with registration links will be sent in the next couple weeks.

During the week before classes you will be invited to your Academic Program Breakout Session where you will meet your academic program team. You will receive an email with more information and registration links in the coming weeks.

New Student Orientation Workshops

Non-Degree Orientation

Non-Degree students are invited to attend a Virtual Orientation on Thursday, January 7, 2021. You will receive an email with more information and registration links in the next couple of weeks.

How to Zoom: Tips and Tricks to Maximize Functionality

The How to Zoom session is designed to help students become more familiar with Zoom and provide an overview of all the functionalities it has to offer. The facilitators will teach tips and tricks to maximize the app in the classroom and for group projects as you embark on your journey at the School of Professional Studies. 

Student IDs

To access libraries and secure campus locations, to make purchases at campus cafés and the University bookstore, and to take advantage of student discount programs, you must have a Columbia ID card. Click here for instructions on how to submit your photo to the ID Center. We will notify all students about when and where they will be able to pick up their Student IDs in the next couple weeks.

Spring 2021 Student ID Pick-Up is scheduled for Monday, January 11th and Tuesday, January 12th from 9:00AM - 6:00PM ET in Lewisohn Hall Room 303. In order to pick-up your student ID at this time you need to upload your student ID photo before January 7, 2021. Before coming to campus please review and complete all required protocols for returning to campus. If you are unable to pick-up your ID at these times or have additional questions please email sps-studentlife [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu ()  

Update Your Personal Information

Students are required to update their personal information prior to the first day of classes. Please log into SSOL, the University’s central Student Information System, in order to update your address and emergency contacts.


For questions regarding Orientation, please contact your Academic Advisor.