All information sessions are offered monthly, either in-person or virtually.
SIPA travels across the country (and globe) throughout the year to participate in graduate school fairs, information sessions, and other events. Our off-campus events (including virtual graduate school fairs) may be found via the Recruitment Calendar.
MIA, MPA and MPA-DP Class Visits
Prospective students are welcome to sit in on a class, whether in conjunction with on-campus information sessions or another visit. A visiting class schedule is available starting in mid-October for the fall semester and late February for the spring semester. Most classes are open to prospective students but you must register for a class through the Office of Admissions at least one week prior to your visit so we may make arrangements. After you register for a class, you'll receive a confirmation email with instructions on guest guidelines. You will also need to arrive at least 30 minutes early for your class (earlier for an evening class) so you can check-in with the Office of Admissions and get your room assignment. The Office of Admissions is located at 514 West 113th Street, New York, NY 10025.
Note: Prospective students are limited to attending a maximum of one class by two different professors (two classes total). You are not permitted to attend any additional classes. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. If you're attending an evening class, please make arrangements to visit our office during business hours, otherwise, your registration will not be honored.
EMPA Class Visits
Prospective students are welcome to sit in on a class, whether in conjunction with an on-campus information session or another visit. A visiting class schedule is available starting in mid-September for the fall semester, mid-January for the spring semester, and mid-May for the summer semester. Most classes are open to prospective students but you must register for a class through the Office of Admissions at least one week prior to your visit so we may make arrangements. After you register for a class, you'll receive a confirmation email with your EMPA class visit room assignment. There is no requirement to stop by the Admissions Office prior to your EMPA class visit.
Note: Prospective students are limited to attending a maximum of one class by two different professors (two classes total). You are not permitted to attend any additional classes.
MPA-EPM Class Visits
Prospective students are welcome to sit in on an MPA-EPM Core class. If you are traveling to New York City please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a class visit. MPA-EPM encourages prospective students to schedule their visit between September 15th and December 15th for the Fall semester and between February 1st and April 30th for the Spring Semester.
PhD Class Visits
If you are interested in our Ph.D. in Sustainable Development program, we offer candidates an opportunity to experience a seminar course, please contact email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
Meet a Current Student
If you are interested in speaking with a current student at SIPA either in-person or virtually, please review our list of SIPA Admissions Ambassadors:
From there you can specify which student you would like to connect with, or just complete the questionnaire and our office will match you with a student from the list.
SIPA Building Tours
Official tours of the SIPA building are offered on Fridays following the MIA, MPA and MPA-DP Information Sessions. Advanced registration is required for the information sessions.
Columbia University Campus Tours
Self-guided campus tours are available online and in the Visitors Center.
Contact the Visitors Center
213 Low Library
New York, NY 10027-6902
Locate the Visitors Center
The Columbia University Visitors Center is on the second floor of Low Memorial Library, located halfway down College Walk (116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue). Upon entering Low Library via the main entrance, the Visitors Center is the first door on the left.
Directions to SIPA
The ceremonial entrance to Columbia University's Morningside Heights campus is located at Broadway and West 116th Street.
Most SIPA offices are located in the International Affairs Building (IAB) at 420 West 118th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Visitors who enter IAB at street level will find themselves on the building's fourth floor; the elevated campus or plaza level provides access to the sixth floor.
Visit our Admissions Office at 514 West 113th Street, New York, NY 10025, on the edge of Columbia University’s Morningside Heights Campus. Prospective students are welcome to drop by to speak with an admissions counselor from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.