New Student Orientation

The Division of Student Affairs will be operating remotely on Fridays during the Summer months.

Summer Fridays will be observed Friday, May 26 - Friday, September September 1. We will be working normal business hours (9 AM - 5 PM) in-person Mondays - Thursdays. We look forward to connecting with you soon!  

Circular-framing text around centered blue logo for New Student Orientation (NSO) at Teachers College, Columbia University

Welcome to Teachers College, Columbia University!


On behalf of Graduate Student Life & Development (GSLD) at Teachers College, we invite you to join us for our College-wide Fall 2023 New Student Orientation (NSO) Program from August 28 - September 1, 2023. Enjoy informative sessions designed to introduce newly admitted students to graduate school and the College community. Learn essential information about the TC student experience; meet faculty and administrative staff within your Academic Department; and enjoy social activities with fellow new TC students. While not all NSO sessions are mandatory, your attendance is strongly encouraged to ensure a successful start to your TC journey. 

The NSO Program is open to Teachers College graduate students, admitted for the Fall 2023 term, as well as those students who began their studies in the Summer term(s). While orientation dates are still being confirmed, typically orientation takes place the week before the first day of classes. We encourage you to connect with us on social media. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact

Again, welcome to Teachers College; we look forward to having you join our community!



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

Welcome Message from the Vice Provost for Student Affairs


"I am so delighted to welcome you! 

You were chosen to be a part of our community because we believe in you, we need, and we recognize your deep passion and commitment to the field of study that you've chosen. We believe that there is no better place to engage in your work than right here at Teachers College!
Now more than ever, we need people like you, change makers, who lead the next generation of work, that will make a positive difference and impact on the lives of others. I guarantee that your time at TC will have a profound influence on your personal and professional lives..."
VPSA Signature
Dr. Thomas P. Rock 
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Past NSO Photos

Students sit in Learner Auditorium

Review the Portal

All students are strongly encouraged to review the "Next Steps" checklist available on the Admitted Student Portal for more details, as there may be specific requirements pertaining to your student-status. Complete important items such as activating your UNI/TC email address, register for courses, submit insurance and immunization documentation, upload a photo for your student ID and confirm financial aid eligibility.

International Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) for additional resources to help you begin your TC student experience. For students interested in living on-campus, please contact the Office of Residential Services (ORS) to learn how to apply for on-campus housing.

New students congregate outside of the entrance to Teachers College

Explore Resources

The College has ten Academic Departments that comprise more than 60 major academic programs. Get to know your Academic Department by visiting their website, in addition to your program-specific websites.

Explore TC faculty profiles to learn more about leaders in your field of study and/or interest. 

Become familiar with on-campus resources such as Research Centers & InstitutesCollege LeadershipAdministrative Offices and Computing Services. Learn more about our neighborhood and how to get involved with the community.

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