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Office of Admission

Office of Admission

On-Campus Events

The Office of Admission personally invites you to come visit our campus. We hope to see you soon!

TC Open Houses

The Office of Admission hosts three Fall Open Houses. These two-hour events provide a comprehensive look at the College and feature remarks from a TC faculty member, a student, and an Admission and Financial Aid representative. They also include smaller break-out sessions led by Admission liaisons where prospective students can meet others interested in their department of interest. An optional campus tour, hosted by one of our Student Ambassadors, will follow each afternoon event.

Program Open Houses

Executive Program for Nurses, March 12th, 12pm EST

Organization Psychology - MA, March 24th, 7:00-8:30 pm EST

Executive Program for Nurses, April 29th, 12pm EST

Executive Program for Nurses, April 29th, 6PM EST

Admission Information Sessions

Offered on most Mondays and Fridays, an Admission representative provides a brief overview of TC, the student experience, the campus community, and the application process with time allotted for Q&A. To schedule your visit, please see our list of available dates and offerings. You will receive an email confirming the date of your visit and the options you have selected.  Please check-in at the Office of Admission (301 Thorndike Hall) and plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to the starting time. Should you need any additional information or need to change or cancel your visit, please contact Ashley Ewing at


Take a guided tour of our unique campus of 7 interconnected buildings spanning 120th Street from Broadway to Amsterdam Avenue. Led by one of our Student Ambassadors, you will receive an insider’s look at the classrooms, Dining Hall, Gottesman Library and more. These are offered most weekdays and typically last around 45 minutes. To schedule your visit, please see our list of available dates and offerings. You will receive an email confirming the date of your visit and the options you have selected. Please check-in at the Office of Admission (301 Thorndike Hall) and plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to the starting time.  Should you need any additional information or need to change or cancel your visit, please contact Ashley Ewing at

One-on-one appointments

30 minute appointments (in person or phone) may be requested with an Office of Admission representative to answer questions about the admission process.  Please note, we strongly encourage applicants to first attend an Admission Information Session and review the TC website before scheduling these. One-on-one appointments are not required. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of Admission at 212-678-3710.

Self-Guided Walking Tour

Should you be unable to attend one of our scheduled tours, this self-guided walking tour can be completed at your leisure.

Self-Guided Walking Tour PDF



By Air

Three international airports connect with convenient bus and taxi New York City. From John F. Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia Airport, economical bus service to Grand Central Terminal and various Manhattan hotels is available. Also from LaGuardia Airport, there is a more direct bus service (M60) to West 116th Street and Broadway. From Newark Airport, there is New Jersey Transit bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Although New York City cabs operate on mileage meters, cab fares can vary with traffic conditions. The average one-way fare from John F. Kennedy Airport is about $45.00, one way from LaGuardia Airport is about $25.00. Designated airport passenger pick-up areas usually have cab dispatchers available to assist you.

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By Bus

Bus transportation into New York City from neighboring states and communities usually terminates at Port Authority Bus Terminal, at West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue.

Within New York City, four bus routes include a stop at West 120th Street and Broadway (Teachers College): M4 (available from both Grand Central Station and Penn Station), M5, M11, and the M104 (available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal). The fare required is exact change in coins, Metropolitan Transit Authority token or Metrocard.

Online Resources:
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority - information about New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Long Island Bus, Metro-North Railroad as well as metropolitan bridges and tunnels.
By Car

The Henry Hudson Parkway (West Side Highway) in New York City runs parallel to the Hudson River and offers convenient access to Teachers College. The highway can be reached from most of the main routes entering New York City. The nearest major highway link to it is Interstate Highway 95 (I-95).

Whether driving north or south on the Henry Hudson Parkway/West Side Highway, exit at 95th Street. At the first traffic light, turn north (left) onto Riverside Drive; at 120th Street turn east (right) and go two blocks east to the College. The main entrance is located midway between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, on the north side of West 120th Street.


While West 120th Street offers metered parking on both sides of the street, parking on New York City streets in the Columbia University area is limited. Nearby off-street parking facilities include:

  • Morningside Garage, 3100 Broadway (at 123rd Street), (212) 864-9877
  • E & B Operating Corp., 137 West 108th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), (212) 865-8315
  • Park Yorkshire Garage, 151 West 108th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), (212) 865-2314
  • Upper Westside Parking Garage, 234 West 108th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway), (212) 222-8800
  • Riverside Church Garage, 120th Street (between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue), (212) 870-6736
  • Evening parking is available at Riverside Church, (212) 866-1000
By Subway

The subway station serving Teachers College is the 116th Street stop of the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue local. The No. 1 subway train (red line) are local trains serving this station. Be sure that you are on (or transfer to) the local line at the 96th Street Station. The express line (No. 2 or No. 3 trains) does not serve Columbia University.

There are subway entrances at Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. From Grand Central Station, the Shuttle (S) goes to "Times Square" 42nd Street, offering access to the No. 1 IRT Broadway Local trains going uptown.

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By Train

Grand Central Terminal, which is located at East 42nd Street and Park Avenue, is the New York City terminus for two commuter trains, MetroNorth and Conrail, as well as some Amtrak trains from Canada and Upstate New York.

Penn Station, at West 34th Street and Seventh Avenue, is the New York City terminus for all other Amtrak service and the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, and the New Jersey PATH train commuter lines.

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The Office of Housing and Residence Life has a limited number of guest rooms in our New Residence Hall for short term stays for members and guests of Teachers College and Columbia communities. All rooms, except our ADA room, are furnished with central heat and a/c, microwave, refrigerator, color cable TV and one double bed. Our ADA room has all of the same amenities as our standard rooms however has a twin size bed and a handicap accessible bathroom. In addition, all of our rooms feature private baths.

Off-campus options (See map of area)
Hotel Beacon

Reservations: 212-787-1100 ext. 623 or
Location: 2130 Broadway at 75th Street
The newly renovated rooms and suites include a full kitchen, marble bathroom, cable television, direct dial phone, voice mail, discounts at the Equinox Health Club and discounted parking nearby.

Belvedere Hotel

Reservations: 212-245-7000 / 888-HOTEL-58 or
Location: 319 West 48th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues
All rooms contain kitchenettes; laundry facilities are located on the premises.

Empire Hotel

Reservations: 212-265-7400 / 888-822-3555 or
Location: 44 West 63rd Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenue
Each room contains VCR, CD/cassette stereo (extensive CD library available) and use of the health club facilities.

Hudson Hotel

Reservations: 800-444-4786
Location: 356 West 58th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues
This 1,000-room hotel features cozy "studios." Amenities include in-room safe, cable TV, Sony CD players and Agua bath products.

The Lucerne

Reservations: 212-875-1000 ext. 80 / 800-492-8122 or
Location: 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
The Lucerne features 250 deluxe oversized rooms and suites. Its offerings include in-room movie, Nintendo game system, high-speed internet access and choice of complementary newspaper.

Hotel Newton

Reservations: 212-678-6500 / 800-643-5553 or
Location: 2528 Broadway at 96th Street
The spacious rooms are ideal for the budget conscious traveler.

On The Ave

Reservations: 212-362-1100 / 800-497-6028 or
Location: 2178 Broadway at 77th Street
On The Ave offers 24-hour-in-room-dining and discounted Equinox Health Club passes.

Hotel Pennsylvania

Reservations: 212-736-5000 / 800-223-8585
Location: 401 7th Avenue at 33rd Street
Complimentary breakfast, USA Today newspaper, and a Fitness Center are included.

The Travel Inn Hotel

Reservations: 212-695-7171 / 800-869-4630
Location: 515 West 42 nd Street between 10th & 11th Avenues
This hotel features free indoor parking and outdoor swimming pool.

W New York Times Square Hotel

Reservations: 212-755-1200
Location: 1567 Broadway at 47th Street
W New York Times Square features 509 ultra-modern guest rooms and 43 suites. Their services and amenities include high-speed internet access, exercise rooms, and Aveda bath products.

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