Columbia University Terms and Acronyms

There are many terms and acronyms particular to Columbia University that a student in General Studies will encounter in their careers as students. This page seeks to define these in a central location easy for students to consult.

  • ABC: Activities Board at Columbia is the student run board that oversees nearly 155 cultural student groups from the four undergraduate colleges.
  • ARC: Academic Resource Center is a program run each semester by General Studies to provide tutors and other academic resources.
  • Barnard: is a women's college tightly integrated into the Columbia University community.
  • CC: Columbia College is the oldest and largest of the four undergraduate colleges at Columbia University. CC is attended by "traditional" 18-22 year old college students.
  • CCE: Center for Career Education is a Columbia University organization focused on connecting undergraduates with job search utilities, interview skills, internships and temporary and long term employment.
  • CUIT: Columbia University Information Technology is the organization at Columbia which runs the servers, email, printers and more.
  • DOS: Dean of Students Office (General Studies)
  • GS: General Studies is one of the four undergraduate colleges at Columbia University, dedicated to serving non-traditional students from around the United States and the world.
  • IAB: International Affairs Building home of SIPA
  • IGC: Inter-Greek Council is the board that liaises between and among the sororities and fraternities at Columbia.
  • JTS: The Jewish Theological Seminary at List College is a program within the School of General Studies where students get a degree from the Seminary and Columbia simultaneously.
  • NSOP: New Student Orientation is the name for the welcoming events for new students in the Fall. NSOP includes many important events such as messages from the college deans, safety and health information as well as how to participate in campus organizations like student councils and political organizations. Programs are also provided that connect students to other students in their college and to New York City.
  • ODS: Office of Disability Services.
  • OMA: The Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • SEAS: School of Engineering and Applied Science is one of the four undergraduate colleges at Columbia University.
  • SGB: Student Governing Board is the student run board that oversees politically oriented groups from the College Democrats to the Free Columbia organization.
  • SIPA: School of International and Public Affairs is a graduate school which offers a dual degree program with the School of General Studies.
  • TC: Teacher's College is the graduate school at Columbia University focused on creating amazing educators. TC is also home to one of the best libraries on campus.
  • UAH: University Apartment Housing this is the Columbia organization which builds out, maintains and allocates (using "The Algorithm") graduate and GS housing
  • WKCR: King's Crown Radio is the Columbia University undergraduate run radio station. One of the first radio stations to ever get an FCC license.