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Student Services

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs includes four major areas: Graduate Writing Center, Office of Insurance and Immunization Records, Student Activities, and Orientation. The Office strives to enhance the quality of life and academic experience for students by providing services and programs designed to engage students in the College and University communities. There is a strong commitment to promote professional, co-curricular, recreational, social, cultural, and wellness programs. Events, such as the Casual Conversation Series and Doctoral Students Dinner Discussions, provide students with the opportunity to learn about College resources and hear faculty and administrators share their research interests and professional experiences. Other co-curricular programs sponsored by OSAP include: Broadway shows, sporting events, and NYC trips. Students can also participate in more than 30 student organizations which provide additional opportunities to network with all members of the College community. Student organizations vary from special interest groups to honor societies to local chapters of national organizations.

Student Development and Activities

Student Development and Activities supports and advises all student organizations recognized at Teachers College, coordinates the College orientation programs, sponsors social and networking events, and encourages students to network with faculty and staff in regards to professional growth and development. In addition, Student Development and Activities is responsible for the distribution of the weekly announcements of College sponsored events and the student handbook.

Graduate Writing Center

The Graduate Writing Center provides discipline-specific, individualized, and professional development to TC students. The emphasis is on preparing graduate students to be more successful writers, both within their disciplines and in their publishing communities. The Center offers one-on-one fee-based consultations as well as free writing workshops.

International Services

Teachers College has a long history of welcoming international students, scholars, and faculty to our academic and social community. Currently, over 700 students from 85 countries are enrolled at all degree levels and in every department. The Office of International Services (OIS) provides extensive orientation and intercultural programs throughout the year; information on responsibilities, benefits and alternatives under immigration laws and regulations, counsel on personal, financial, cultural, academic and other concerns, and campus-wide international awareness events. The OIS staff also assists students in contacting campus and community resources when appropriate. In addition, OIS provides visa and orientation services for international visiting scholars, visa services for non-immigrant staff, resources for delegations of international visitors, and assistance to the College community on regulatory compliance and other international issues and concerns. The office is located in L5 Whittier Hall: (212) 678-3939. Interested individuals can contact the staff via email at In addition, prospective, admitted, and current students are encouraged to go to for up-to-date information.

The Office of the Ombuds

The Teachers College Office of the Ombuds is a resource available to students, faculty and staff for resolving problems and conflicts when they need advice or after other efforts have not been successful. The Ombuds is an advocate for the solution of a problem, not for any particular party, and gives equal attention to the rights and responsibilities of all concerned.

The Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities

The Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities ensures that programs and services at Teachers College are physically, programmatically, and attitudinally accessible to members of the TC community. Equal access is achieved through individualized responses addressing the needs of persons with conditions including but not limited to vision impairments, mobility impairments, deafness/hearing loss, medical conditions, or learning disabilities that affect one or more academic activities. A full-time Director, an Associate Director/Program Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, and an Assistant Director are available to meet with students to facilitate accommodations and to advocate on behalf of students with disabilities. For more information, call (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 (V/TTY), (646) 755-3144 (video phone), email, or visit our website at

Career Services

Teachers College Career Services (TCCS) is committed to guiding all TC students and alumni throughout the different phases of the career development process. Whether you are entering a new field, advancing within your current profession, or changing directions, we will help you identify and develop the skills and resources needed to achieve your career goals.

Columbia Health Program

All students living in Teachers College residence halls are assessed the Columbia Health Program fee. Additionally, all students registered for 12 or more billable credits in the fall or spring semester are assessed the Columbia Health Program fee. The fee covers primary care, counseling and psychological services, health education, support for survivors of sexual assault, as well as the public health services provided to the University community. Additional coverage for medications, lab costs, visits to medical specialists, and hospitalizations are covered by the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan available through Teachers College. Students living in Teachers College residence halls or taking 12 or more billable credits are required to enroll in the Columbia Plan or provide proof of comparable insurance coverage. Information is available from the Insurance & Immunization Records Office, Call (212) 678-3006 or email