Looking for a Classmate? Let the E-Community Help
“I am trying to get in touch with … ” “Can
you help me locate … ?” “Do you have the address
of … ?”
One of the most frequent requests made to the Alumni Office is
for assistance in locating a Columbia friend or classmate. Out of
respect for our alumni’s privacy, the Alumni Office doesn’t
give out alumni contact information without permission, though we
do forward messages.
But there’s an easier, faster way for you to get in touch
with that former suite-mate or study hall buddy: the E-Community,
Columbia’s online community of College and Engineering School
alumni. Through the E-Community, alumni may connect with College
and SEAS alumni with just a few key strokes.
The E-Community’s directory includes the entire database
of College and Engineering School graduates. The basic search function
allows you to search by name, class year and location. Don’t
remember a last name? The directory allows you to use partial names,
even just one letter. So you can search for “John Smith, College
Class of 1980,” or “John Smith,” or “John
S,” or even “J. S.” There’s also an advanced
search function that lets you search using additional variables.
Once you’ve found the person you’re looking for in
the directory, you have two options. If the person you’re
looking for is a registered E-Community user, you’ll have
access to his or her profile. This includes not only contact information
but also pictures, notes or any other information that the user
has posted in the E-Community. If the alum is not a registered user,
you won’t be able to see any contact information, but you’ll
usually be able to send a blind e-mail (one where the recipient
sees the sender’s address, but the sender does not see the
If e-mail isn’t an option because the E-Community database
doesn’t have an alum’s e-mail address, you will be invited
to fill out an online alumni search form. This goes to the Alumni
Office, which will try to forward your message via regular mail.
If you’re already a registered E-Community user, just log
in to use the directory. If you haven’t registered yet, just
visit the E-Community
welcome page to sign up. It’s free, and takes just a few
minutes. You’ll be asked to answer a few questions to confirm
your alumni status (security is important to us), agree to the terms
of use and create your profile (so classmates can find you).
If you have questions, please use the E-Community feedback button
or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.