Co-curricular options and activities to supplement your learning.

“I loved the extracurriculars! I participated in seminars about activism, stress and anxiety, healthy habits, and some college prep and they were so engaging. I was always at activism and multi-cultural club and enjoyed learning about how to share my passions as well as hearing others stories."
– Callie S. | Kansas City, MO


A core element of Columbia University’s Immersion Program is learning outside the classroom. In our program, students will have the opportunity to enhance their educational experience by participating in workshops, events, clubs, and activities. Our Student Life team creates fun and engaging workshops on a variety of topics that help students prepare for college and careers, develop leadership skills, and make connections with peers from all over the world. Our events and activities offer students an opportunity to get involved and explore their interests.

  • Students will be able to articulate personal values that they will use to inform decision making in the college application process.
  • Students will develop strategies that attribute to their success in college.
  • Students will develop insight about their career options and professional pathways.
  • Students will develop skills relevant for leadership in a diverse world.
  • Students will recognize, respect, and value diverse experiences, ideas, backgrounds, and identities.

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Preparing for College

Students are invited to attend college prep events in the form of seminars, workshops, and lectures to prepare for the academic rigors of university life. Whether you want to wow admissions officers with your personal statement or find the right college fit for your personality, our faculty and staff will prepare you to achieve it all.

Events offered include:

Finding the Right College for You

Academic departments and student activities; distance from home and financial aid; housing options and cafeteria menus; so many factors come together in your college experience! Learn how to navigate the college search process by understanding your needs and finding schools that fit your priorities.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward on Your College Application

A college application is a jigsaw puzzle, where all the pieces should interlock to create a single, unique portrait of you. In this workshop, we will discuss the various components to your application and how to make the most of each one.

Insider Tips for the Common App

The goal of the Common App is to help reduce the barriers that students face when applying to college. In this session, we'll introduce you to the many useful tools that Common App provides, and we'll explore how to personalize each portion of the application for the schools to which you apply.

Writing the Personal Statement/Essay

Probably the most stressful part of the college application process is the personal essay, but it doesn't have to be. In this workshop, we will take you from strategizing to drafting to revising and show you how to elevate your writing to the next level.

Career Skills & Exploration

Find your path and get a leg up on the competition by attending seminars and events focused on career skills and exploration. The events will help you consider what career path may be a good fit and how to present yourself to make that path a reality.

Events offered include:

Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment

In this interactive workshop participants will learn about their MBTI® preferences and gain insight on how these preferences can guide them in the college and career process

College Admissions Resume

Writing a college application resume that's geared toward the school you want to attend can help you win over the admissions committee and earn you a spot in the "accepted" pile. In this session the Career Design Lab will outline how and what should be highlighted.

Campus Interviewing Skills

The college interview is an important part of the admission process. Showing your value and interest is key. This workshop will help participants understand and prepare for this process.

Personal & Professional Branding

It is important for you to effectively communicate who you are and what you stand for to different people. Being able to effectively engage virtually is key. In this workshop you gain insight on how to build and manage your brand "You."

Leadership for a Diverse World

Students hear first-hand how to prepare for and what to expect from the undergraduate experience.

Events offered include:

Introduction to Advanced & Effective Communication Strategies for Leaders

This workshop will outline some of the top principles and skills used by successful student leaders to engage, inform and inspire the people and communities they serve. Participants will have the opportunity to apply these strategies while learning tips and tricks to write highly effective email copy for any/every audience.

Activism on Campus

Activism is a critical aspect of individuals’ lives as they navigate the world. Whether it is economic, environmental, political, or social activism, when students see a need for change, it is their constitutional right to do so. This presentation will be focused around activism on campus and how students can practice their rights, understand the legalities between public and private institutions, and how they can support themselves and others in the process.

Entrepreneurship 101 - What It Takes To Turn Your Ideas Into A Business

In this interactive workshop participants will have the opportunity to see how they can use the basic tenets of the Design Thinking process to move from Inspiration to Ideation to Implementation with new business ideas. We will also cover practical steps for starting your business, protecting creative ideas, and finding collaborators and investors via networking.

Introduction to Emotional Intelligence & Why It Matters

This interactive session will explain the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and why it matters to all successful student leaders. Participants will learn how to measure their own emotional intelligence and how to implement simple, effective strategies to improve Personal and Social EQ skills.

Special Opportunities

Community Groups

Students can sign up for a Digital Community Group. Digital Community Groups provide an opportunity for students to get to know a core group of peers and receive mentoring support from a Student Life Intern. Digital Community Groups will support students in making meaningful connections by creating a space in which students can explore issues of identity and find common ground across cultures. Digital Community Groups are also a space to discuss college aspirations, get advice from your mentor about college, and connect with other college driven students.


With a student population from across the globe and nearly all fifty states, the interests represented within our student body are both vast as well as connective. Students are invited to share their common interests by participating in clubs.

Faculty Lecture Series

The Immersion Program faculty will host a special lecture series covering a variety of academic topics based on faculty areas of expertise as well as lectures on academic skills to promote college success.

Sample Lectures Include:

  • The Art of Negotiation
  • Democracy: Why or Why Not?
  • What is the Purpose of Art?
  • Malleable Memory: Why Eyewitnesses Can be Wrong
  • What is the Shape of the Universe?
  • Thinking Like An Entrepreneur
    Professor Jack McGourty, Ph.D., adjunct professor at the Columbia Business School, and guest Stephanie Mehta, CEO and Chief Content Officer, Mansueto Ventures, parent of Inc. and Fast Company, engaged in a far-reaching conversation and Q&A with students about the many dimensions of entrepreneurship—and what drives entrepreneurial success. Event video link.