Orientation 2022

Communities & Connections

United in our dedication to creating a better future

Columbia campus and NYC skyline

As diverse as the city we call home

There’s no place like New York — our inspiring, energetic, one-of-a-kind hometown — and no better place to study global policy. The community inside our walls is as varied as the city around us. And just as we welcome students from around the world, we embrace diversity in everything we do: the work of our faculty, our programs’ curriculums, our public engagement, and our commitment to maintain a respectful, welcoming environment for all.

Elizabeth Gonzalez

“These are the people I plan on solving world issues with 10, 20, 30 years from now.”

Elizabeth Gonzalez MPA-EPM ’20

Student & Alumni Stories

Inclusive Prosperity
Oct 04 2021
Democratic Resilience
Oct 29 2020
Inclusive Prosperity
May 07 2019
NYC streets

Columbia & New York

Only SIPA combines access to incomparable professional opportunities — at New York City’s international organizations, top companies, countless nonprofits, and more — with the activity of Columbia’s vibrant urban campus and the incredible cultural and social life of the city that never sleeps.

Beyond the Classroom

Building Dome

The SIPA experience doesn’t end at the classroom door...

We’re proud to claim an evolving roster of student organizations that provide social, cultural, professional, and educational activities that address a wide range of interests.

We know that professional development is a key part of your education. From networking opportunities and mentoring programs to internships and career workshops, we’re committed to supporting your future career.

Each year we welcome many dozens of visitors across our various areas of study — leaders and innovative thinkers from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. These events at SIPA run the gamut from formal addresses to panel discussions to brown-bag lunches and more. The only challenge is fitting them all in!

Our annual Dean’s Public Policy Challenge asks student teams to tackle a problem in entrepreneurial fashion by using information and communications technology, or ICT. It’s one of several opportunities in which students use their hard-won knowledge and skills to compete with peers inside and outside of SIPA.