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The Undergraduate Writing Program

Welcome to the Writing Center

UPDATE: The Writing Center is OPEN for online appointments. During campus closure, students may make two appointments per week.

Summer Hours: M - Th: 10am - 5pm; some nights: late night: 8-10pm (check availability)

Make an appointment and view drop-in hours

A quick guide to online sessions:

Make an appointment on our scheduler as normal. At your appointed time, click to view your appointment page and click on: Start of Join Online Consultation.

Once you and your consultant have successfully joined the consultation, you may upload or copy/paste your document into the main text window. If your document has a lot of special formatting, it is easier to copy/paste the text. Your consultant can help you with this after the session begins.

During the session, you and your consultant will be able to look at any document that you uploaded (or pasted). There is also a live chat box to the right of the main screen (the main screen is called the “whiteboard”). At the end of the session, anything typed onto the whiteboard as well the chat box will be saved—so you can access it later.

Technical difficulties: Make sure that you ALLOW access to your video and audio. Chrome, Safari, and Firefox are stable browsers for online functionality. You may have to refresh your browser, or leave and re-enter the consultation. Close excess tabs. Disable your pop-up blocker. For more on tech issues, please click here.



What we do: The Writing Center provides writing support to undergraduate and graduate students. 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. Learn more about what happens in a Writing Center consultation.

Who's eligible: We will work with any currently-enrolled Columbia University undergraduate or graduate student with the following exceptions: Barnard, Teacher’s College, and School of Social Work. Students in these schools need to use their own institution’s writing center unless they are taking a Columbia course not offered through their schools.

Want to know more? Contact the Writing Center at