Student Support Resources
Academic Support Workshops
The Student Support team 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 with the Columbia Writing Center which focuses on grammar strategies and reading for genre features.
SPS Tutoring Program
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, Mathematics, Finance, Statistics, and English Speaking and Writing. Visit the Student Resource Directory to learn how to apply to become a tutor and/ or apply for tutoring.
English Language Conversation Tables
The goal of the SPS Conversation Tables is to provide SPS students an opportunity to develop their English language skills in order to engage in meaningful conversations inside and outside the classroom. In addition to advancing a student's English skills, this initiative will allow others to benefit from learning about various other cultures and customs that exist in the SPS community.
SPS Academic & Professional Development Grant
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, and personal expenses.
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).
Liaison for the Office of Disability Services
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) at Columbia University 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. Their office works 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; ODS aims to support the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of University life.
Study Spaces for SPS Students
Download this PDF for a full list of libraries, study spaces, and cafes throughout the various Columbia University campus locations. This guide includes quiet study spaces and has been updated based on the COVID-19 guidelines.
The Writing Center provides writing support to the entire Columbia community. In one-on-one consultations and workshops, our consultants offer feedback and strategies to help you improve at every stage of your writing, from brainstorming to final drafts.
The Libraries provide gathering places to pursue scholarly research, to learn about and use information technology, to write, to study, and to draw on our rich collection of print and electronic resources. At your disposal is a fully integrated research library. Columbia’s Libraries, with over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 current journals and serials, and an extensive collection of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other non-print formats, rank as one of the top five academic library systems in the nation.
Student Financial Services provides students with resources to help finance their education at Columbia University. They also help students understand and pay their bill, provide any relevant tax information, and so much more.
Alice! develops, implements, and evaluates culturally competent, evidence- and theory-informed health promotion initiatives to address priority health issues. They also ensure the accessibility, accuracy, utilization, efficiency, and sustainability of health promotion initiatives.