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Large Groups

Visitors Center

213 Low Library
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027-6902



A large group is defined as a party with ten or more guests.

If you are traveling with a large group of students in the process of applying (High School or transfer students) for undergraduate studies submit a Group Visit Request Form (doc) at least 3 weeks prior to the date of your intended visit. Please email your completed form to ugrad-group@columbia.edu. This email address should only be used for HS and transfer group visit requests. Please note that submitting a request does not confirm your group visit. Your group visit to campus is only confirmed after you have received a confirmation email.

Prospective undergraduate group tours are only offered during the regularly scheduled information session and campus tour times. The Visitors Center can only accommodate a maximum of 40 students per group and does not sponsor group visits on weekends or during University holidays.

For all other guests, email visitorscenter@columbia.edu a minimum of three weeks in advance to inquire about availability. Groups of fewer than ten people are free to tour the Morningside campus on their own. If there are more than ten people in your group we request one chaperone be present to accompany every ten members of your group. You are welcome to explore any of the outdoor green space on campus. An escort with current Columbia I.D. is required to enter buildings. Tour guides are not available at this time. No registration required for self-guided visits. A courtesy email with the following information is requested:

·         Name and location of school or organization

·         Number of participants

·         Number of chaperones

·         Grade level if applicable

·         Contact name and number for day of the tour

A virtual tour and podcast are available online. Maps and other materials for self-guided tours are available online and in the Visitors Center, located in room 213 of Low Memorial Library. No registration is required to conduct a self-guided tour; however, a current Columbia I.D. is required to enter all buildings except Low Library. Low Library is not a library; it is our central administration building. Translators and luggage storage are not available. Please note, each year all campus tours including self-guided visits are suspended in May due to final exams and graduation ceremonies.

If you are visiting with young scholars not quite ready to apply, explore the campus with our interactive self-guided Learning Lions Tour. Made specifically for our younger visitors, the tour offers an introduction to college and campus life with fun facts and a map for kids. Columbia’s Learning Lions tour gives you the opportunity to build a visit that includes science, art, social studies and other academic areas. The companion guide for teachers, parents, counselors and chaperones tells you step by step which way to go, and additional information to share with other adults in the group. There are ten stops on the tour. To support a positive learning atmosphere on campus, please make sure to keep your scholars quiet when inside buildings and never leave them unattended.

Please note that submitting a request does not confirm a guide for your group visit. A guided group visit to campus is only confirmed after you have received an email from the Visitors Center approving your request.

Campus Access Tours

Visitors with disabilities may request an accessible tour of the Morningside Campus from the Visitor’s Center, 213 Low Library. Tours are arranged to meet the individual needs of visitors; three weeks advance notice is needed. To arrange a tour, visitors should email visitorscenter@columbia.edu. Visitors with mobility impairments who arrive on the Morningside campus without prior notice may be able to arrange a tour of Upper Campus through the Visitors Center, subject to tour guide availability. The Visitors Center does not provide wheelchairs, golf carts or other modes of transportation. Columbia University is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students, guests, visitors and members of the public. For more information, contact the Office of Disability Services.