2015 Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies Orientation

Welcome from the Office of Student Life

Dear Incoming List College Students,

Welcome to List College! We are excited to meet you on Sunday, August 30 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 that will answer many of the questions we know are on your minds. Below is a list of mailings and emails you can expect this summer.

Additionally, below is a tentative schedule so you know what to anticipate on the first day of orientation week, which begins at 8:00 a.m. August 30 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 mandatory 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.

L'Shalom,

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

Welcome from your 2015 Orientation Co-Chairs, Gabi Cohn and Jonah Goldman Kay

Dear Class of 2019,

Mazal Tov on choosing List College! Your next four years will be a rich experience enjoying all the activities and clubs on campus and forming lifelong friendships.

We are thrilled to welcome you to our community. 

Orientation week will be an informative, exciting kickoff to your college career. We have so much planned for you: opportunities to bond with your new classmates, engaging activities, meetings with your deans, and tons of delicious food. We know that once orientation is over, you will be prepared to start your life here on campus, and we are fully confident that you will soar to great heights here.

At the same time, we understand that it may be both challenging and exciting to transition to a new place. That's why we're here—to help you feel welcome and to make your transition easier. We look forward to getting the chance to know you individually when you arrive on campus.  In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Student Life by e-mail (studentlife@jtsa.edu) or call (212) 678-8839 if you have any questions.

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

Your Orientation Co-Chairs,
Gabi Cohn
Jonah Goldman Kay

Welcome from your 2015-16 List College Student Council President, Noam Kornsgold

Dear List College Class of 2019,

Welcome to List College! As you prepare for your journey to integrate into college at JTS, Columbia University, Barnard College, and New York City, we are eagerly preparing for your arrival. We’re sure that you are acquiring materials to decorate your new rooms, thinking about meeting your new roommates, and wondering how you will catch your favorite TV programs in between studying! As you do those things, we are finding the perfect words to welcome you, preparing the residence hall for your arrival, and planning exciting orientation events. You are about to embark on a wonderful 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 Program (NSOP). This means you will participate in orientation programming with students from all of Columbia's undergraduate colleges as well as Barnard College (BC). You will also engage in programming specific to Joint Program and Double Degree students. Each of these elements will familiarize you with our unique program, university, and city.

Gabi Cohn and Jonah Goldman Kay, your orientation co-chairs, along with the Office of Student Life, are ready to ensure your first collegiate experience is a positive one.

We are all here to assist you in making your transition to college comfortable and fun. We are all resources for you, and you should always feel comfortable asking any of us questions. Please do not hesitate to email Student Life anytime with questions about orientation or anything else!  If you are interested in getting involved in List College Student Council (LCSC) please feel free to e-mail me!

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

Noam Kornsgold
List College Student Council President 2015—16

Tentative Schedule for August 30, 2015

8 a.m.—10:30 a.m. Move-in to Goldsmith Hall (GH) and Barnard Residence Halls
11 a.m.—12:40 p.m. List College Welcome Brunch
12:45 p.m.—3:00 p.m. Student Orientation Group Time
12:45 p.m.—3:00 p.m. Family Forum
3:00 p.m.—3:45 p.m. Double Degree Family Farewell
3:00 p.m.—5:15 p.m. Joint Program Family Farewell

* Mandatory Orientation programming will continue until Monday, September 7th

List College Summer Mailings / Emails to Incoming Students

DescriptionDepartmentApproximate Date
Hebrew Placement Exam Email List College Mid-May
Welcome Email with Orientation Information Student Life Early-June
Transitions: A Guide for Families of first-year List College Students Student Life Mid-June
First-year Seminar Selection Email List College Early-June
Student Health Insurance Information Human Resources Mid-June
Orientation Brunch Invitation Email List College Mid-June
JTS Email Addresses activated - see below for more information Information Technology July 6
Academic Advising Information List College Mid-July
Residence Life Information Letter/Housing Assignment Residence Life Mid-July
Estimated Tuition Bill Bursar Mid-July
Registration Packet Registrar Mid-July
List 101 Survey List College Early-August

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