Programs & Services
The Office of Student Support offers the following programs & services:
The Office of Student Support partners with departments across campus to offer a number of workshops throughout the year that are open to current SPS students. Examples of these workshops include:
- A Financial Wellness Workshop covering financial literacy topics, resources, and tools, including iGrad, a free, web-based Financial Literacy platform that provides personalized financial resources for Columbia University students.
- A Library Resources Workshop provides an overview of library resources and covers the basics of navigating the library website, searching in CLIO, and more.
- An Introduction to Academic Writing Workshop which focuses on grammar strategies, overcoming writer's block, and how to avoid plagiarism.
See the Fall 2021 workshop schedule here or visit our SPS Engage page above to register!
Previously recorded workshops can be found below:
- Navigating Columbia & Graduate School 101 - September 10, 2021
- Library Resources Workshop - September 14, 2021
- Introduction to Academic Writing - September 15, 2021
- Balancing Priorities Workshop - September 16, 2021
- Research & Citation Workshop - September 28, 2021
- Imposter Phenomenon Workshop - October 5, 2021
- Financial Wellness & You - October 7, 2021
The SPS Tutoring Program is intended to help students fill existing gaps in knowledge, and to become independent learners in a particular subject. As an expert in a content area, tutors provide support and clarification for material that students have trouble understanding. Tutoring is offered in the following content areas: Programming (Python, R, SQL, Machine Learning), Finance, Mathematics, Statistics, and English Speaking & Writing. Visit the SPS Tutoring page to learn how to schedule a tutoring appointment and/or apply to become a tutor.
The goal of the SPS Conversation Tables is to provide students with an opportunity to improve their confidence speaking English both inside and outside of the classroom. This initiative allows students to benefit from learning about various cultures and customs that exist within the SPS community, and to build meaningful connections with students experiencing similar circumstances to their own.
The English Language Conversation Tables is a four-day series that takes place during the two weeks prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters, allowing students to make friends, practice conversational English, adjust to living in NYC with a cohort of peers, and learn about studying at Columbia University.
SPRING 2022 INFO: TBA
Columbia Health Disability Services (DS) oversees accommodations for all students at the University. They serve over 2,700 students annually across campus, from first-year undergraduates to doctoral candidates completing their dissertations. They work with students with all types of disabilities: physical, hearing, visual, chronic medical conditions, psychological, temporary, ADHD, and learning disabilities. They partner closely with medical providers to determine eligibility for accommodations and services; DS aims to support the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of University life.
The Office of Student Support coordinates with Disability Services, students, and faculty to ensure that accommodation needs are being met. You can register with Disability Services here.
Through active engagement and reflection, experiential learning allows students to gain real world experience, acquire valuable knowledge and skills, and develop meaningful connections with their course materials. By serving as a financial resource, the SPS Academic & Professional Development Grant aims to support students in pursuing tailored, hands-on learning experiences aligned with their academic programs that include, but are not limited to: graduate research, capstone projects, and experiential learning/professional development opportunities (e.g. internships, co-ops, conferences, events, etc.).*
Academic and/or professional development opportunities must be related to the student’s field of study and are required to have faculty and/or academic program approval. Additionally, the experience should demonstrate a strong commitment to the recipient’s developing academic and/or professional aspirations, with ample opportunity to bring back and contribute relevant learnings to the classroom. Funds may be used to cover costs including but not limited to: transportation, lodging, meals, registration fees, and research project materials.
Award Amount Per Person: Awards range from $200 to $3,000 based on the availability of funds and academic program approval. Awards may not be used to cover tuition, university fees, or personal expenses.
Upcoming application cycle: Spring 2022.
Loaner laptops are intended for emergency, short-term loans only. With only a few loaner laptops for all SPS students, the pool can be used in no other manner. Please note, the laptop loaner program is only available to those students who have paid the Technology Fee for the current semester. Additionally, priority will be given to students in Master's programs.
The loan is for a maximum of seven calendar days unless otherwise discussed and agreed upon with Student Affairs. A student may request an extension if a laptop is available.
The loaner laptop must be returned to Lewisohn Hall, Room 203 by 5:00pm on the specified due date in the condition it was borrowed. If the system is not returned within the agreed upon time, the user's CU network account and access to support will be suspended. A hold will be added to student record, which may affect registration and graduation.
The student accepts full financial responsibility if the computer and/or any peripherals are missing or damaged upon their return. The replacement system will be:
Identical to the lost computer (if available from the manufacturer); or
A comparable computer from the same manufacturer.
All students must agree to, sign, and upload the SPS Loaner Laptop Program Lease Agreement (found here).
The Office of Student Support collaborates with university stakeholders and fellowship organizations to bring various prestigious fellowship opportunities, such as the Fulbright Program and Peace Corps, to SPS students. The office can provide guidance and help students prepare their applications in order to submit a comprehensive application. Students seeking information and an interest in applying for fellowships should contact the Office of Student Support (sps-studentservices [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu).
The Office of Student Support provides a Study Space guide for all SPS students in order to navigate the campus and its surrounding areas. Download this PDF for a full list of libraries, cafes and other appropriate study areas throughout the various Columbia University campus locations. This guide includes quiet study spaces and has been updated based on COVID-19 guidelines.