The University Life Weekly

The University Life Weekly fills you in on exciting events and interesting activities around Columbia — great ways to meet people, learn more and be part of the University community. Look for it in your inbox every week. Scroll for campus photos, resource info, and more.

March 6, 2020

Bonus Week to Complete the Student Well-Being, Plus COVID-19 Resources

Keep up to date with available resources and Columbia University’s response to COVID-19.

February 28, 2020

Meet the Well-Being Survey Ambassadors!

Hear our students say why Well-Being matters to them – and if you haven’t already done so, take the survey and enter to win great prizes.

February 21, 2020

The Community Citizenship Film Series presents ‘Queen & Slim'

Enjoy the critically acclaimed film or a game of Drag Bingo with a mystery queen!

February 14, 2020

The 2020 Columbia Student Well-Being Survey is Underway!

Keep wellness top of mind – take the Student Well-Being survey and enjoy one of our upcoming Wellness Days events.

February 7, 2020

Events Council Presents: Night @ Butler

Join us for a magical new University tradition or Paint the Night away this week!

January 31, 2020

Campus Conversations Workshops, MLK Day of Service and Paint the Night!

Get involved in the community by coming to Campus Conversations or registering for MLK Day of Service.

January 24, 2020

New Pilot Program From University Life

Learn how you can be a part of the Inclusion, Belonging and Community Citizenship Initiative.

January 17, 2020

Welcome (back) to the Spring semester!

Start the new term by making new friends at Speed Friending or a Grad Hangout.

December 19, 2019

Photos From Low Lounge 2019 and How to Get Involved With University Life in 2020

See some of our favorite memories from Low Lounge 2019!  

December 6, 2019

Join Us Next Week for Low Lounge: Summer in December!

As the semester comes to a close, University Life prepares for one of the newest University traditions: Low Lounge!

November 22, 2019

Columbia Launches Free Financial Literacy Tool, Find Out How Well You Really Know NYC, Plus Events at CUIMC

Introducing  a new tool for all students from Student Financial Services and the Office of University Life. 

November 12, 2019

Black and Latinx Faculty Roundtable, Columbia Debate Society Takes on the Rikers Debate Project and Your Shopping Discount!

The Graduate Initiative offers a space to discuss the shared experiences of Black and Latinx faculty and how to get 10% off your next purchase at H&M!   



November 5, 2019

Countdown to Election 2020, Transgender Awareness @ CU and a Conversation With the Obama Scholars

Members of the second cohort of the Obama Foundation Scholars discuss their efforts to make a difference in their community, and Columbia College offers a week of programming in honor of transgender awareness.  

October 29, 2019

Screening of 'The Report,' Writing Workshops for Veterans and Get Involved With Low Lounge!

Amazon and The Office of University Life present the critically acclaimed film "The Report" and feature a post-screening Q&A with the director. 

October 22, 2019

Study Smarter, Reduce Stress and Find Out Who's Speaking at the Faculty LGBTQ Roundtable

The Graduate Initiative brings LGBTQ faculty members together for an honest conversation about their expieriences in higher education. 

October 15, 2019

Year of Water, Cookies and Coloring, and the First Awakening Our Democracy at CUIMC!

A new art installation in Harlem and an important conversation about the legacies of slavery in public health. 

October 8, 2019

Campus Conversations: Slavery, Reparations, and Reconcilation, Plus Coffee & Conversations

We continue to explore the legacies of 1618 with In Conversation: Slavery, Reparations, and Reconciliation, and offer students a place to relax with a Pumpkin Painting Party from the University Life Events Council. 

October 1, 2019

Happy October - Grad Hangouts and Volunteer Opportunities!

The Office of University Life presents Wellness Days, Awakening Our Democracy, volunteers opportunities with the East Harlem Tutorial Program and another Graduate Student Hangout. Stay tuned for more! 

September 24, 2019

Exploring American Legacies - 1619 and Awakening Our Democracy 

Columbia joins other institutions in commemorating 400 years since the start of slavery in the US by examining the nation's founding doctrines and inequities rooted within institutions. 

September 17, 2019

Autumn is Here - Festifall and Morningside Lights!

So many events, so little time. In this issue we feature Festifall, Morningside Lights, the First Generation Faculty Dinner and Dialogue, Campus Conversations facilitator Training, and the first Awakening Our Democracy of the semester. 

September 10, 2019

Glad You're Here - Columbia Welcome Continues! 

Week One of Columbia Welcome was a success! Enjoy photos from Columbia Passport as well as exciting news about new restaurants, the graduate welcome, and film screenings. 

September 3, 2019

Nice to Meet You - Columbia Welcome Events Are Underway!

We have a new name - The University Life Weekly! Read more about Columbia Welcome events and take a quiz to learn what famous "Columbian" you are. 

August 27, 2019

Hello and Welcome - Get to know the University Life Newsletter

Introducing Columbia Welcome - a new initiative from the Office of University Life - and a new newsletter design! See this and more in the first installment of the weekly newsletter of 2019. 

April 23, 2019

It's Not Goodbye, It's CU Later: Festivals, Movies, and Thought Sharing

During the final ULife newsletter of the academic year, we feature festivals, outdoor movies, afrofuturism, free fitness classes and more. As this was our rookie year, we would love to know how we can make our newsletter better, so click through and send us a message.

April 09, 2019

Get Involved (with graduation), Be A (Wellness) Ambassador, and Rally (for Denim Day)

As graduation day approaches, we encourage all who are able to get involved and volunteer to help celebrate the class of 2019. As a continuing part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, we also offer more opportunities to show your support, including the Denim Day Rally.

March 26, 2019

Free Speech, Let's Talk Identity, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

This week, we highlight specific events related to Sexual Assault Awareness Month, as well events led by, and for students. But as usual, don't miss our discount deals, and the wide variety of opportunities around Columbia.

March 12, 2019

Advice Week: Sleep, Gratitude, and Discount Deals

Alongside our usual panoply of events, we have some advice for you: sleep, thank your teachers, and check out the newly updated "Discounts" section of the University Life App! 

February 26, 2019

Awakening Our Democracy, and Uptown Antics

In the spirit of fairness, the newsletter had a bit of an uptown theme--events ranged from Morningside to CUIMC. There were talent shows, student film showcases, and, of course, the next installment of the Awakening our Democracy series, One Nation Under Guns? If you missed it, check out the newsletter for a link to the live stream!


February 12, 2019

Night @ Butler, Boy Erased, and Pajama Jammy Jam

The semester was gearing up, and so were the many campus events we shared with you. Night @ Butler was a smash hit, and there were movie screenings, dialogues, dinners, pajama parties, and career fairs, to name just a few!

January 29, 2019

Workshops, Wellness Days, and More!

University Life welcomed students back from winter break and into Spring 2019 with our annual wellness days. From movie screenings to mini-grants, workshops to workouts, there was no shortage of activity taking place!

December 11, 2018

Low Lounge Lookback and Brainfood Break

Some 1,300 students attended Low Lounge, and we got the pictures! Take a look back at University Life’s enormously successful school-wide study break. But relaxation didn’t stop there, Alice! Health Promotion hosted free pet therapy session, and the Alumni Association opened up their doors for an informal mingle and snack session with Columbia Alums. 

November 27, 2018

Saving the Date and Showing Support

As University Life geared up for Low Lounge, the University Life Events Council hosted their general membership meeting. Executive VP Suzanne Goldberg released a statement affirming Columbia’s commitment to gender-based misconduct prevention, which was covered by the Columbia Spectator.

November 13, 2018

A Community Service Spotlight, and Affirming Protections for Transgender Students

In “Snaps For…” we spotlighted a Columbia Community Service event hosted by the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF). Additionally, Executive VP Suzanne Goldberg released a statement in support of transgender student protections.

October 30, 2018

Day of Service, Succulent Study Break, and Election Awareness

A day of service, and a succulent study break—the University Life Events Council hosted several  events for Columbia students. With the 2018 midterms nearing, University Life provided encouragement to get out and vote, courtesy of the Columbia Magazine. This week also featured University Life's signature conversation series "Awakening Our Democracy," which returned for a post-midterm election reflection on the U.S. political landscape.

October 16, 2018

Solidarity in Gender Equality, and Let's Talk About the Supreme Court

“Snaps For…” showcased HeForShe Columbia, an event that marked Columbia's participation in the UN’s global HeForShe movement. Executive VP Suzanne Goldberg spoke alongside representatives from the UN and Columbia’s STEM departments. You can see photos, videos, and more here! Univeristy Life also organized the first Let's Talk - a student-led discussion on important social issues. Student's were invited to gather and reflect on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. 

October 2, 2018

Relationship Violence Awareness Month, and Paint the Night

“Events Around Columbia” featured a “Paint the Night” study break, from the University Life Events Council. Relationship Violence Awareness Month also kicked off, and included events that aligned with University Life’s Sexual Respect Initiative.

September 18, 2018

Sexual Respect Initiative, Let's Talk, and Are You In?

The Office of University Life initiatives that are central to our campus mission are highlighted in the first installment of the weekly newsletter.  Students are invited to become a Sexual Respect Ambassador through the Sexual Respect Initiative, or a facilitator for Campus Conversations.