Student & Alumni Affairs

A Welcome Message from Laila Maher

Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs

Now more than ever it is crucial for artists to be supported as they pursue their craft. The life of an artist as well as that of a student involves much more than the classroom and the work itself, and this is where the Office of Student Affairs comes in. In addition to guiding new students through the process of transitioning to the School of the Arts, we plan the School-wide orientation, School of the Arts Convocation, and support student groups, events, and activities. 

We also play a critical role in connecting School of the Arts students to the larger university and necessary services, and help students navigate many of the central offices including Health Services (which houses the Office of Disability Services, Insurance, Immunization, and Counseling and Psychological Services), Columbia Residential, Public Safety, University Life, the International Students and Scholars Office, and the Registrar's 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, also part of our Office, maintains information on funding opportunities and career resources for students and alumni at the Columbia University School of the Arts, and provides consultations to students and alumni to help them look for professional development opportunities and more.

After graduation, the Office of Alumni Affairs provides more than 7000 alumni artists, creators, and leaders with 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.

Our ultimate goal is to support our students and alums while they pursue their education as valued members of our dynamic community and as they navigate their time after graduation.

Student & Alumni News

Carlie Hoffman '16 has been awarded a 2024 National Jewish Book Award for her poetry collection When There Was Light (Fou

Writing alumna Tracy K. Smith ’97 recently published To Free the Captives, a new memoir, with Knopf. 

Writing alumniAshley Nelson Levy ’12 and Adam Z.

Film alum Jonathan Van Tulleken '10 has co-executive produced the first two episodes Shōgun, a newserie

SFFILM and the Alfred P.

Ways and Means, a debut novel by writing alumnus Daniel Lefferts '19, was published by Abrams Books in February 2024.

Alum So Young Shelly Yo ’18 discusses their journey as an artist and creator.

In a unique collaboration between programs and disciplines, Theatre alum Alle Mims '23 and Film alum Wes Goodrich '23

Several School of the Arts alumni and faculty will feature in this year’s Whitney Biennial, Even Better Than the Real Thing, which opens o

The Sundance Institute recently announced its selections for the acclaimed Screenwriting Lab and Screenwriters Intensive, and several School of the

How To Become Stupid, a poetry chapbook by Peter Patapis ’20, has been published by Bottlecap Press. 

First-year Theatre Management and Producing student Melissa d'Arabian is working as a co-lead producer of White Rose: The Musi