New Student Programs


Engage Columbia is a series of in-person and digital programs, services, and offerings that occur in the Fall semester. These programs and tools are designed to connect and engage you as new and returning students to all Columbia has to offer. From student organizations, events, groups, peer-to-peer interaction, everything is in one place, at one time.

Engage Programs

Engage Columbia starts with your Orientation and then breaks down into several layers of engagement to help you connect to the College:

One of the great perks about participating in Engage Columbia programming is that you can win grant dollars just by attending events! Simply RSVP, check-in and attend events in all the major categories: Community & Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion; Academic Resources; Health, Wellness, and Safety; Financial Literacy; and Career Planning. Use the Engage Portal app to check in at events, or for those without smartphones, sign-up sheets will be provided at the events when you arrive. Remember, you must attend one event in each of the 6 categories to qualify.

Winners will be determined and announced at Columbia Weekend in October.

Any students for whom Fall 2024 is their first term at Columbia can participate in the program.

The grand prizes will be awarded to 12 eligible freshmen and sophomores:

4 - $1,500 grants

4 - $1,000 grants

4 - $500 grants

All programs are designed to connect you with other students, and inform you about the support, service, and engagement programs you deserve. All information can be found on the Engage app and at

Don’t Forget to Tell Us Who You Are!

Enter the Engage Columbia program by attending events in all 8 catergories. The more events you attend, the more chances you have to win a Engage Columbia Grant!