2014 Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies Orientation

Letter from the Office of Student Life

Dear Incoming List College Students,

Welcome to List College! We are excited to meet you on August 24 and to help you begin your transition into life at JTS, Columbia University, and Barnard College.

We encourage you and your family to read Transitions: A Guide for Families of First-Year List College Students (PDF). We hope you will find this important guide to be a helpful resource, and that it will answer many of the questions that we know are on your minds. We have included a list below of mailings and emails you can expect this summer.

Please remember to mark your calendars for the first day of our mandatory orientation week, Sunday, August 24.

Below is a tentative schedule so you know what to anticipate on the first day of orientation, which begins at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 24, with move-in to Barnard and JTS housing. Family programming will continue until 3:00 p.m., when students will have some time to say farewell to loved ones before they continue with their weeklong orientation program.

We wish you much success at the end of this school year, and an enjoyable and meaningful summer. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (212) 678-8839 or studentlife@jtsa.edu if you have any questions or concerns.


Sara Horowitz, Dean of Student Life
Ruth Decalo, Director of Student Life and Community Outreach

Letter from your 2014 List College Orientation co-chairs, Sarah Hitt and Daniela Kogan

Dear Class of 2018,

Congratulations! You are officially a part of List College, where you will have an amazing time enjoying all of the incredible activities and clubs available on campus and making friendships that will last a lifetime.

We are thrilled to welcome you to this community, and hope that you understand how special this program is: you have the opportunity to attend two amazing undergraduate colleges and earn two degrees, all while living in one of the most diverse, fun, amazing places—New York City.

This week is going to be one of the most action-packed weeks of your college career, and we hope you love every minute of it. We have so much planned for you: awesome activities, meetings with your deans, tons of snacks, and opportunities to bond with your future peers. We know that once orientation is over, you will be ready to start your life here on campus, and we are fully confident that you will soar to great heights here.

That being said, we know what it is like to transition into a new place. That's why we're here—to help you feel welcome and make your transition easier. Please feel free to reach out to ask us any questions you may have, or even just to say hi! We want to get the chance to know each and every one of you. Contact studentlife@jtsa.edu or call the Office of Student Life at (212) 678-8839 with any and all of your questions, concerns and comments. 

Again, congratulations! We can't wait to meet you.

Your Orientation Co-Chairs,
Daniela Kogan and Sarah Hitt

Letter from your 2013–2015 List College Student Council President, Molly Heller

Dear List College Class of 2018,

Molly Heller

Welcome to List College! I am excited to welcome you to our amazing program. My name is Molly Heller, and I am your List College Student Council president. As you are preparing for your journey to integrate into college at JTS, Columbia/Barnard, and New York City, we are tirelessly preparing for your arrival. Some of us are scrambling to find the perfect words to welcome you, while some of you are scrambling to buy the best pillow pet from Bed Bath & Beyond. Some of us have been prepping the residence halls for your arrival, while some of you have been prepping the perfect residence hall room decor. Some of us have been anxiously planning amazing orientation events, while some of you anxiously plan the perfect way to suggest that your parents should pay for your Netflix. In any case, you are about to embark on an amazing experience, and I want to take this time to let you know your new community is preparing to welcome you.

List College orientation is part of the larger Columbia University New Student Orientation (NSOP). This means you will participate in orientation programming with students from all four of Columbia's undergraduate colleges, including Columbia College (CC), the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the School of General Studies (GS), and Barnard College (BC). You will also engage in programming specific to Joint Program and Double Degree students. All these elements will familiarize you with our unique program, university, and city.

This year's orientation staff has gone above and beyond to plan the best orientation yet. Daniela Kogan and Sarah Hitt, your orientation co-chairs, along with the Office of Student Life are ready to ensure your first collegiate experience is an overwhelmingly positive one. Their ideas will knock your socks off!

All of us at List College, including the co-chairs, the Office of Student Life, and myself, are here to assist you in making your transition to college comfortable and easy. We are all resources for you, and you should always feel comfortable asking any of us questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time throughout the summer. For questions about orientation, the List College Student Council, or anything else, please contact me at studentlife@jtsa.edu.

I hope you have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Molly Heller
List College Student Council President


Tentative Schedule for Sunday, August 24, 2014*

8:00–10:30 a.m. Move-in at Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall (MSRH) and Barnard Residence Halls
11:00 a.m.–12:40 p.m. List College Welcome Brunch
12:40–1:00 p.m. Student Ice Breakers
12:45 p.m.3:00 p.m. Parents' Forum
1:00–2:00 p.m. Student Walking Tour
2:00–3:00 p.m. Students Chill Time in MSRH
3:00–3:45 p.m. Double Degree Family Farewell
3:00–5:15 p.m. Joint Program Family Farewell

*Mandatory orientation programming will continue through Monday, September 1.


List College Summer Mailings/Emails to Incoming Students

Description Department Approximate Date
Hebrew Placement Exam Email List College Late May
Welcome Email with Orientation Information Student Life Late May
Transitions: A Guide for Families of First-Year List College Students Student Life Early June
Student Health Insurance Information Human Resources Early June
Orientation Brunch Invitation Email

List College

First Year Seminar Selection Email List College Late June
JTS Email Address Activation Information Technology July 9
Academic Advising Information List College Mid-July
Residence Life Information / Housing Assignment Residence Life Mid-July
Estimated Tuition Bill Bursar Mid-July
Registration Packet Registrar Mid-July
List 101 Survey List College Early August

 Helpful Links

Academic Calendars:
  JTS Academic Calendar
•  Barnard College Academic Calendar 
•  Columbia University Academic Calendar

Student Life and Undergraduate School Websites:
  JTS Office of Student Life
  JTS Office of Residence Life
  Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies
  Columbia University
  Barnard College
  NSOP (New Student Orientation Program at Columbia and Barnard)
  Columbia/Barnard Course Directory: We recommend that you direct your attention toward more introductory classes, indicated by lower numbers (e.g., V1001).

List College Links:
  Picture Yourself at List College
  List College Majors and Major Requirements
  JTS Course Listings
  List College Core Curriculum
  List College Sample First-Year Schedule