Office of Student Affairs
Additional Resources for those in need of support during this time:
- Counseling and Psychological Services: Can be reached 24/7 at 212-854-2878 & additional resources at https://health.columbia.edu/content/counseling-and-psychological-services
- Office of the University Chaplain: [email protected]
- Office of Religious Life: Can be reached at 212-854-2184 & at [email protected]
- Support for staff, instructors: 24/7 Employee Assistance Program at 888-673-1153 & worklife well-being resources at https://worklife.columbia.edu/content/mental-emotional-well-being
A Welcome Message from Laila Maher
Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs provides a wide range of services. In addition to guiding new students through the process of transitioning to the School of the Arts, we plan the School-wide orientation, graduation ceremony, and many events and panels in between. We assist students with registration, billing, and co-curricular requirements and activities. We support student groups and manage student events and activities, and we help students navigate many of the central offices across the University, including Health Services (which houses the Office of Disability Services, Insurance, Immunization, and Counseling and Psychological Services), Career Services, Housing, Public Safety, University Life, the International Students and Scholars Office, and the Registrars Office. Our office also helps to uphold many of the School and University-wide policies and we manage the School’s disciplinary procedures.
The Artists’ Resource Center (ARC), also part of our Office, is a portal containing specially curated funding opportunities and career resources for students and alumni at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Available exclusively to School of the Arts students and alumni, the ARC is host to a database of more than 1,100 grants, scholarships, residencies, and other funding opportunities for artists. The ARC also contains resources for professional artists, from financial and legal services to grantwriting tips and information about joining guilds and unions.
After graduation, the Office of Alumni Affairs provides more than 7000 alumni artists, creators, and leaders with meaningful opportunities to stay connected with the School of the Arts, the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), and one another through alumni programming, benefits, a monthly newsletter, and collaborations with CAA Arts Access.
We are also the best place to go when you’re not sure what to do or whom to ask your question. Ultimately, the most important thing we do is support and advocate for our students during their time at the School and into their lives as alumni.
Film Alumnus Ryan Craver '20 and Student Rachel Ward Awarded 2021 Sloan Science Fellowships
Film Alumnus Ryan Craver '20 and Student Rachel Ward Awarded 2021 Sloan Science FellowshipsAugust 25, 2021
As part of the fellowship, Craver and Ward will receive support that will assist them in the development of their narrative feature screenplays.read more
Writing Students Ye Odelia Lu and Lin King Contribute to 'Queer Time: A Special Notebook of Taiwanese Tongzhi Literature'
Writing Students Ye Odelia Lu and Lin King Contribute to 'Queer Time: A Special Notebook of Taiwanese Tongzhi Literature'July 21, 2021
The notebook—published as part of Asian American Writers' Workshop's online magazine, The Margins—is a part of their Transpacific Literary Project, which "holds a space for writing and translation from East and Southeast Asia."read more
School of the Arts Co-Launches Online Platform MFA Index, Showcasing Student Work
School of the Arts Co-Launches Online Platform MFA Index, Showcasing Student WorkJuly 13, 2021
The MFA Index is an online space that boasts several functions—as a virtual gallery of visual art, a directory of MFA students, graduates and their work, and "a rich resource for prospective and current students, alumni, artists, teachers, and/or anyone with an interest in art practices and pedagogyread more
Playwrighting Student Alaudin Ullah's 'Dishwasher Dreams' Featured at Hartford Stage
Playwrighting Student Alaudin Ullah's 'Dishwasher Dreams' Featured at Hartford StageJuly 7, 2021
In Dishwasher Dreams, Alaudin, a stand-up comedian whose family hails from Bangladesh, is in LA on the verge of success when a family crisis forces him back to New York.read more
Sounds Art students Yixuan Shao and Avishag Cohen Rodrigues collaborate on Visual Arts Mentor Michael Joo’s Sensory Meridian in Chicago, Illinois.read more