Student & Alumni Affairs

Student & Alumni Affairs

COVID-19 Resources

Additional Resources for those in need of support during this time:

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.

Student & Alumni News

The debut novel of poet, translator, and alumna E.J. Koh ’13 will be published by Tin House Books, arriving in summer/fall 2023.

Animation Conversations is an interview series with Film faculty, students, and alumni where we discuss working as screenwriters, directors, and pr

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th, Poetry Alumna Laima Vincė '94 started a project to amplify the voices of Ukrainian women who are curr

Trailblazing translator, Adjunct Assistant Professor, and alumna Katrine Øgaard Jensen ’17 has been honored with Denmark’s prestigious Kjeld Elfelt

Where The Crawdads Sing, the hotly anticipated film based on the best-selling novel, directed by Alumna Olivia Newman ’12, will open in theaters th

Current Writing Program student Aziza Kasumov has been awarded the 2022 World Literature Today Student Translation Prize for best literary translat

Graduating Sound Art student Anthony Sertel Dean ’22 is among the winners of Columbia University’s prestigious Campbell Award. 

Avid Reader Press will be publishing Butts: A Backstory by Alumna Heather Radke '19 on November 22, 2022.

The Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF) is a celebration of the Film Program’s students and alumni, screening shorts from exciting emerging ta

2022 marks the first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Film Festival (DIFF).

Acting alumna Ito Aghayere ’12 plays Young Guinan in Star Trek: Picard. 

Every corner and crevice of Columbia University’s MFA Thesis show feels lived in, reflecting not just artists’ experience quarantining with their w