Columbia Housing Welcomes Residents for the 2022-23 Academic Year

Updates to Check-In Logistics Resulted in Smooth Process for Undergraduate Residential Students and their Families 

September 06, 2022

Over the course of two weekends, Columbia Housing welcomed back the undergraduate residential population to the Morningside campus. Planning for this multi-faceted annual operation took place over the course of several months and involved collaboration with partners across the University. 

For the first time, Columbia Housing and Residential Life offered an advance bag drop for First-Year students on Saturday, August 27. This allowed students to get the heavy lifting done early, moving their belongings into their room a day ahead of time. 350 incoming students participated in bag drop, ensuring a smooth Check-In process for them the following day. 

Feedback from family member on social media post

On Check-in Day Sunday, August 28, Columbia Housing welcomed an additional 1,100 First-Year students and their families. An average of 200+ students checked in per hour across the five First-Year residence halls. Despite this significant traffic to campus, there were virtually no lines, thanks to the careful planning of the Housing team and campus partners, including package pre-delivery with Columbia Mail and management of building elevator traffic for luggage only. Also new this year was Housing’s engagement with a cruise ship-style moving company for the two largest res halls. The company helped to transport student belongings straight from the unload zone to their room.  

Students and families were treated to lunch and dinner from Columbia Dining before Convocation, the traditional ceremony that marks the beginning of new student orientation. 

Social media comment about Check-In

A week later, upperclass residential students arrived back to campus. New this year, students were able to initiate their Check-In online, making their arrival on campus smoother. Over 3,400 students moved back to campus on Friday and an additional 600 students came over the course of the Labor Day weekend.

A student heads down the stairwell in a Columbia residence hall.

The operation is a first introduction and critical start to the academic year for First-Year and returning students, and for all members of the community. Columbia Housing Check-In is an all hands on deck initiative involving Residential Life, Facilities Operations, Public Safety and other campus partners. Based on the success of the weekend, colleagues, parents, families and students all agreed 2022-23 is off to a strong start.