Student Life

Pick and choose from social, recreational, and co-curricular activities

“Midday Activities and the college readiness programs were very effective, efficient, resourceful, and truly beneficial.”

Recreational and co-curricular activities are offered daily during the break between the morning and afternoon class and after the day’s last class. These include:

College Preparedness Programs

We offer a number of activities designed to prepare students for college and aid them with the college application and selection process.

  • A talk on applying to college presented by Columbia Undergraduate Admissions
  • Seminars on how to write college application essays
  • Campus tours of Columbia University and Barnard College
  • Academic preparedness and study skills seminars

Special Lectures

Program instructors deliver optional midday lectures on topics of interest. Topics from summer 2018 included:

  • The Psychology of Studying
  • The Possibility of Extraterrestrial Life
  • Less is More: Social Media, Materialism, and Psychology

Community Outreach & Awareness

Past projects have included:

  • Volunteering in local soup kitchens
  • Teaching computer skills to the elderly
  • Visits to local sustainability and urban gardening projects
  • On-campus food and clothing drives
  • Social awareness and community-support programming

Special Interest Clubs & Discussion Groups

Past examples include:

  • College life skills seminars
  • Social topics and ethics discussion groups
  • Arts projects

Other Midday Options

  • Studying in the University's many libraries and computer labs
  • Sampling the neighborhood's cafés and restaurants
  • Relaxing, socializing, and enjoying the sunshine on Columbia's beautiful campus