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Some Questions...

highfiverhighfiver Registered User Posts: 115 Junior Member
edited August 2008 in Columbia University
Just some things I've been wondering about...

1) Does Columbia send us a course catalog before we arrive on campus in August?

2) I've been looking at the course times on the internet and seeing if the classes are full. A lot of the ones I would expect to be for freshmen are full, like Gulati's principles of econ and various spanish classes, so I'm wondering--are they just full of upperclassmen and there will be spaces for freshmen later?

That's it, thanks in advance!

If anyone else wants to ask other questions here, maybe we could make this an official thread of questions for Columbia's incoming class.
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Replies to: Some Questions...

  • tina_digs_ironytina_digs_irony Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    To those admitted from the waitlist: have you recieved an orientation packet? Have admitted students recived them, and what info is there besides the photo id stuff? Thanks!
  • highfiverhighfiver Registered User Posts: 115 Junior Member

    That's the orientation packet thing we received
  • zeugmazeugma Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    I have not yet received the orientation packet. It's a good thing I've been able to find the information I need online.
  • ShrafShraf Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    The online course schedule is the course catalog. In addition there are course descriptions on each department's website and links to course descriptions from the online bulletin.

    Gulati's class is extremely popular and tends to fill up with sophomores and upperclassmen. There is another section for principles of econ with another professor. If you can't get into Gulati's class you can take that one.
    Not sure about language classes since I never took one but I've never really heard people complain about not being able to get into those...except for arabic.
  • undisclosedundisclosed Registered User Posts: 965 Member
    Wait- Have the new freshmen done their schedules already?!
  • ShrafShraf Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    no, they will at the end of orientation in august
  • undisclosedundisclosed Registered User Posts: 965 Member
    Fiou. That was scary.

    Just a question while I'm here....What exactly happens during Orientation week? It's one full week of staying at Columbia and not having classes correct? So aside from a few tutorials, the usual parties, and moving in, it's basically...doing nothing?
  • ShrafShraf Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    yes and sortof

    i feel that meeting people, getting to know the campus and the system are very important and i wouldnt call that "doing nothing" ...there are also some placement exams that you might want to take (personally i didnt take any) which are administered during orientation.
  • undisclosedundisclosed Registered User Posts: 965 Member
    Placement exams?
    After you're admitted there and before school starts?

  • DenzeraDenzera Registered User Posts: 3,371 Senior Member
    To determine what level of classes you'll take, in the core disciplines.

    - Calculus 1, 2 or 3*
    - General Chemistry, Intensive Chemistry, or Organic Chemistry*
    - Physics 1400 (Resnick & Halladay), 1600 (faster, and slightly more rigorous), or 2800 ("Accelerated" - rather obscenely intensive)
    - Foreign language placement exam
    - Music hum (or art hum) exemption exam, if you feel you're an expert already
  • ShrafShraf Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    from the fall 2007 orientation schedule book, page 6:
    A word about placement exams
    Get your pencils ready; this is your first test! Well, not quite, but if you want to qualify for advanced courses in chemistry, physics, and languages, or place out of Music Humanities, you should plan to take these exams at the times listed in the Schedule Book. BE SURE to contact the appropriate department if you feel you need higher placement
    in a subject area not listed. Test results determine the appropriate
    course in which to register. Keep in mind that the French and Spanish tests are by appointment only—you may sign up on the day prior to the exam (or day of, for French). High SAT II or AP scores may exempt you from placement exams, but check with your academic adviser. Also, some exams require that you call and set up an appointment
    with the department.

    ....i thought our generation (and especially you, who are like 5 years younger than me) is supposed to be well versed in using the google and the internets in order to find this stuff pretty easily
  • undisclosedundisclosed Registered User Posts: 965 Member
    My trust in the alumni will always surpass that which I have in search engines. :)
    thing about the tests....Columbia sure has its share of quirks. But you said you never took them. Are they not manditory?

    As a transfer I don't know if I have to take them or not.
  • ShrafShraf Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    you don't have to do anything

    you only need to take them if you want to start in an advanced chem/physics/language course or if you think you're awesome at music or art and don't need to take the core class. I wanted to start in gen chem, the lowest engineering level physics, was not required to take a language (SEAS) and didn't know anything about art or music...thus i didn't need to take any placement exams
  • tina_digs_ironytina_digs_irony Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    highfiver, thanks so much for the link!
  • mikenthemaddog66mikenthemaddog66 Registered User Posts: 2,680 Senior Member
    there is no calc placement test, you can just accelerate based on your AP score.
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