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As a Columbia Business School student, you are also eligible for a host of University benefits and services.
Columbia University Arts Initiative
Through the Columbia University Arts Initiative, students receive free admission to participating New York museums through the Passport to New York Program. Additionally, Columbia University Arts Initiative provides students access to low cost and reduced price tickets to some of New York's best cultural attractions.
For more information, visit the CU Arts Home Page.
Stay healthy by hitting the gym. Membership to Dodge Fitness Center is automatic and they offer everything from yoga and kickboxing to kayaking and squash instruction. And if you prefer a more personalized approach, they have a qualified staff of personal trainers who can tailor a program just for you. In addition, you can participate in an intramural league, such as flag football, or join one of 45 various club sports. The facilities include an indoor running track, 25-yard pool, sauna, multi-sport gymnasiums, and a tri-level fitness center with the latest cardiovascular and strength training equipment.
Columbia University Health Services supports the well-being of Columbia Students and the University community. More than 130 people make up the health team, including medical providers, therapists, psychiatrists, disability specialists, health promotion specialists, nutritionists, peer counselors, support staff, and administrative professionals. Students are also eligible for the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, which offers free preventive care as well as medical healthcare, prescriptions, travel abroad benefits, and more. Health services also offers psychological services, including counseling, consultations, and crisis interventions, all of which adhere to strict standards of confidentiality. Finally, the Office of Disability Services provides support and facilitates equal access for students with disabilities.
International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
The University's International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) helps students from outside of the United States transition to life here in New York. They provide resources on obtaining visas, paying taxes, acclimating to US and University culture, and much more.
During your time at Columbia, you'll no doubt get to know Watson Library very well. But the University is also home to 21 other libraries, which, together, contain over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 current journals and serials, and an extensive collection of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. It's no surprise that it ranks as one of the top five academic library systems in the nation.
OSA is your first stop for academic issues here at the Business School, but the University Registrar can also help when it comes to obtaining your transcript, cross-registering for classes outside the Business School, and other academic issues. Check out the University Directory of Classes.
Student Financial Services
The Business School Financial Aid office is here to help you in whatever way we can when it comes to financing your degree. Columbia Student Financial Services also provides useful resources on loans, tuition payment, and work-study opportunities.
The Chaplain's Office in Earl Hall ministers to the individual faiths of Columbia University's diverse community of scholars, students, and staff from many different faith traditions while promoting interfaith and intercultural understanding. The Chaplain's Office is part of the Earl Hall Center, which also includes Columbia Community Impact and United Campus Ministries.
At Columbia Business School, we believe that diversity strengthens any community or business model and brings it greater success.
Learn more about how diversity is simply a part of who we are.
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Top Ten Questions Asked
Here are the most frequently asked questions by current students.
Information on courses and all bidding-related information (including statistics) can be found on BOSS (Business Online Selection System). To see important dates for the Business School, navigate to the MBA Academic Calendar tab in BOSS.
More information regarding independent studies can be found on the Indepedent Study webpage , and you can pick up the required form, as well as additional information, in Uris 105. Students may register for up to 3 credits of independent study per term (the study can be either 1.5 or 3 credits). Independent studies are designed to be independent of the classroom experience and may not be used as a means of adding a seat to a full course.
More information can be found on the Cross-Registration webpage. MBA students may count up to six credits of graduate-level coursework at other schools within the University toward the MBA degree. Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher. Undergraduate courses may be taken as long as they are in addition to the 60 credits of graduate-level course work required for the MBA degree. Although the credits from an undergraduate course will not count toward the MBA degree, the grade earned in an undergraduate course will be included in calculating student GPA.
Membership on the dean's list is awarded at the end of the first term to students who achieve a 9.0 weighted GPA. In subsequent terms, membership is awarded to all students who achieve a 9.25 weighted term GPA.
First, meet with a club advisor in OSA, who will connect you with the GBA’s VP of clubs and careers. You’ll be required to fill out an application form, collect signatures from potential club members, plan out your first year’s budget, and make a presentation to the GBA’s club committee.
Many local vendors accept a voucher in lieu of cash payment. You can pick up the voucher from Financial Planning in Uris 216. Vouchers are essentially blank checks that you give to the delivery person upon arrival and can include a tip. Vendors send the voucher is sent back to Financial Planning as an invoice and the funds are debited from your club account.
Only students pursuing an MBA degree can join Business School clubs. Business School students seeking MS and PhD degrees are not eligible.
All loan funds - federal or private - are sent to the University's Student Financial Services (SFS) office electronically via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Once the SFS office is in receipt of the funds, they place the amount(s) onto your tuition bill as a "credit" to your account. You do not need to pick up any physical checks. Any loan amounts above tuition and fees will be refunded to you. Direct deposit helps to expedite the refund process.
Refunds are issued within 7–10 days of funds arriving at the University. Assuming your loans are in place for the earliest federally allowable date, your refunds should reach you within a week following the first day of classes. For the fastest refund processing, please sign up for direct deposit on ssol.columbia.edu.
Students who face higher costs due to extenuating circumstances may request a budget increase by submitting a formal appeal along with appropriate documentation. If approved, the budget increase allows students to borrow additional loan funds, subject to lender or Department of Education approval. Appeals are not an entitlement and can be turned down by the Appeals Committee. Learn more about appeals and download the appeal form.