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Office of Student Affairs

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.

Upcoming Events:

New Plays Festival 2019

WED, MAY 01 - SAT, MAY 18 2019

Big St. Germain, by Jack T. Calk; The Visitors, by Elisabeth Frankel; Sunday Afternoon (After Service), by Gethsemane Herron-Coward; Dog, by Anna Jastrzembski; Ella in the Tundra, by Marianna Staroselsky; Trends In Chaos, by Emily Wiest; and Chinese Opera and A Modern Drama, by Ruoxin Xu.
Organized by David Henry Hwang, Theatre.


April 28 - May 26

MFA Sound Art Thesis Exhibition

Wallach Gallery
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027 9:00 AM

Sunday, April 28–Sunday, May 26 Opening reception: Saturday, April 27 Kamari Carter, Lee Gilboa, and Mengtai Zhang. Curated by Regine Basha.

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April 28 - May 26

MFA Visual Arts 2019 Thesis Exhibition

Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027 Walach Gallery Time: 12:00 AM

Sunday, April 28–Sunday, May 26 Opening reception: Saturday, April 27 Priscilla Suarez Aleman, Nicole Burko, Vivian Chiu, Vikram Divecha, Rafael Domenech, Travis Fairclough, Annette Hur, Noah Jackson, Esteban Jefferson, Taejoong Kim, Susanna Koetter, Saskia Krafft, Rachel LaBine, Kate Liebman, Ruhee Maknojia, Katharine Marais, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, James McCracken, Jeffrey Meris, Dante Migone-Ojeda, Bat-Ami Rivlin, Emma Schwartz, Pauline Shaw, Jacqueline Silberbush, Hinda Weiss, Kiyan Williams, Xirin, Coco Young, and A young Yu. Curated by Regine Basha. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Lenfest Center for the Arts

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