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Welcome Day 2017: New Student Orientation

Teachers College, Columbia University

On behalf of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), please join us for New Student Orientation on Tuesday, September 5.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow new students, receive helpful information about campus resources and services, as well as learn more about TC Student Organizations, and how you can become an engaged member of the TC community. While Orientation is not mandatory, your attendance is highly encouraged. RSVP required.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact OASID at oasid@tc.edu, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (212) 678-3854 video phone, as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations.

Schedule: Welcome Day 2017

8:00am | Check-in & Breakfast

Lerner Hall, Auditorium

Receive Orientation materials and enjoy a light breakfast with fellow new students. Check-in for the morning segment is available in Lerner Hall until 10:00am. For students unable to attend the morning segment, please see Late Check-in.

9:00am | Welcome Program

Lerner Hall, Auditorium

Welcome Comments by Teachers College Leadership:

9:30am | Introduction to Title IX

Lerner Hall, Auditorium

Teachers College Title IX Coordinator, Janice S. Robinson, will introduce the CU Gender-Based Misconduct Office and the Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center who will provide information about the Columbia University/Teachers College gender-based misconduct policies, procedures and resources for support.

10:00am | Faculty Conversations

More than any other research institution of its kind, TC has led the way in increasing understanding of how people of all ages learn in all disciplines, how best to teach them what they need to know, and how to transform our findings into actual curricula in classrooms and other settings. During this segment, enjoy a "Casual Conversation" with esteemed TC Faculty.

Facilitated by Felicia Mensah, Associate Dean and Professor, Science Education. 

Featured Faculty:


Do you have a question for our featured guests, pertaining to their experience as TC faculty, or perhaps regarding their area of expertise? Submit your questions here. (It may be featured in our morning program!)

11:00am | Closing Remarks

Lerner Hall, Auditorium

Receive final announcements and helpful reminders from the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Thomas P. Rock. Students will depart to Teachers College with Orientation staff and volunteers.

Please review the Academic Orientation Schedule to determine your next destination. 

11:30am | Late Check-in

Thorndike Hall, 1st Floor Lobby

For students unable to attend the morning segment, late check-in is available in Thorndike Hall located at the Teachers College campus, 11:30 - 1:30pm.

11:30am | Academic Orientation (Group A)

Click here for the Academic Orientation Schedule. 

 GROUP A

Proceed to Academic Orientation (see locations).

Arts & Humanities (A&H)

Curriculum & Teaching (C&T)

Human Development (HUD)

International & Transcultural Studies (ITS)

Mathematics, Science & Technology (MST)


Group B (Biobehavioral Sciences; Counseling & Clinical Psychology; Education Policy & Social Analysis; Health & Behavior Sciences; Organization & Leadership), please proceed to Russell Courtyard for Lunch. 

1:00pm | Academic Orientation (Group B)

Click here for the Academic Orientation Schedule. 

GROUP B

Proceed to Academic Orientation (see locations).

Biobehavioral Sciences (BBS)

Counseling & Clinical Psychology (CCP)

Education Policy & Social Analysis (EPSA)

Health & Behavior Sciences (HBS)

Organization & Leadership (O&L)


Group A (Arts & Humanities; Curriculum & Teaching; Human Development; International & Transcultural Studies; Mathematics, Science & Technology), please proceed to Russell Courtyard for Lunch. 

1:00pm | Resource Fair

Everett Lounge (Zankel, 1st floor)

Receive helpful information about the services & resources available on-campus. Special guests include TC student organizations. Attendees are invited to participate in the Resource Fair Raffle for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be notified via email. Open to new and returning students. Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs in collaboration with the following participating organizations:

  • Actively Moving Forward
  • Aetna Student Health
  • Alumni Relations
  • Black Student Network
  • Business Services Center
  • Career Education & Professional Development
  • Center for Professional Education of Teachers
  • Chinese Calligraphy Club
  • Coaliation of Latinx Scholars
  • Creative Music Collective
  • CU Health: Alice! Health Promotion
  • CU Health: Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Dodge Fitness Center
  • FrancoTC
  • Future China Initiative
  • International Students Psychology Association
  • Korean Graduate Student Association
  • Media and Social Change Lab
  • NeurodiversiTC
  • Office of Access & Services for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Office of Doctoral Studies
  • Office of Environmental Health and Safety
  • Office of Financial Aid
  • Office of Institutional Studies
  • Office of the University Chaplain
  • Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs
  • Passports to Peace
  • Queer TC
  • School Psychology Club
  • Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center
  • Spark Notes
  • Spirituality Mind Body Institute
  • TC Feminism(s)     

Special thanks to participating campus departments, offices and student organizations for welcoming new students to the College!

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) at oasid@tc.edu, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (212) 678-3854 video phone, as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations. 

2:00pm | "TC Talks"

Join a "TC Talk," an informative and interactive session designed to help you begin your graduate student experience on the right track! Sessions run concurrently.

"TC Talks" featured on September 5, 2017

Kick-off Carnival

Russell Courtyard

End the day with an evening social, hosted by the Office of Student Affairs and Student Organization Leaders. Enjoy music, carnival-themed snacks, games and prizes.