Students should bring standard school supplies such as notebooks and writing implements. If available, they should also review syllabi for their courses on CourseWorks so that they can purchase textbooks or any required materials prior to the start of the course. Most textbooks can be purchased at the Columbia Bookstore, and you can review textbook and price information using the textbook search here.
Some students prefer to bring laptops to class. The use of laptops in the classroom is up to the instructor’s discretion. Certain courses may require students to use laptops; please review the syllabus on CourseWorks for details.
We recommend that students wear cool, comfortable clothing; there is no dress code. Students may also want to bring gym clothes for use of the physical fitness center.
Students who commute to campus should bring either bag lunches or lunch money (approximately $7–$15). After reviewing your student schedule, we recommend that you plan your meals for when you are on campus during common breakfast/lunch/dinners hours.
Residential students can visit the Residence Halls page for additional recommendations on what to pack.