Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
Columbia College welcomes the 1,074 students in the Class of 2015 to campus. Most students moved in on Monday and Tuesday, a day or two late, after Hurricane Irene shut down New York City and much of the Eastern seaboard on Sunday. Monday’s Convocation was cancelled because of the storm, but the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) proceeded otherwise as scheduled. Highlights of the program include "Class Act," a variety show, students’ first Literature Humanities class, a Community Forum with all Columbia undergraduates, and a party on Governors Island. The week also features Orientation Group meetings, science and language placement exams, information and advising sessions, and meals at John Jay Dining Hall. During Labor Day weekend, NSOP will offer tours of neighborhoods, museums and monuments around the city, including Park Slope, the Meatpacking District and the Museum of Modern Art.
The Columbia College Class of 2015 comes from 49 states and 55 countries. Class members were chosen from more than 29,000 applications. Fourteen percent of freshmen are the first in their families to attend a four-year college and 17 percent are international students.