Stats Day 2015

Stats Day 2015

Where to Find Information

Click HERE  for more information on a specific topic. 

New Students

Congratulations and welcome to the Department of Statistics! 

Many of your questions will be answered by reading this:  New Student FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Here are your essential next steps:

Follow the requirements provided in the lists above to avoid delays in registration or potential penalties.  Note that pre-registration for new students will occur in late August.  

Here are helpful resources:

Tuition and Fees

After you register for classes and the appropriate RU (residence unit), you will be charged tuition and fees.  Please read about this HERE.

All Academic Certifications and Proof of Enrollment

If official proof of student enrollment or graduation is required by an employer or another entity, please visit the Office of the University Registrar.  Current matriculated students can request enrollment certification via SSOL.  For academic certification, an official document provided by the University Registrar verifying your dates of attendance, award of degree, and/or student status (full-time or part-time) by semester, please visit the Office of the University Registrar:  Certifications.  

Deadlines:  Last Day to Drop or Change to R Grade or Pass/Fail

During the semester there are important dates to remember including the LAST DAY to DROP COURSES and the LAST DAY for R Grade & PASS/FAIL

The deadlines for half- semester courses are different.  GSAS policy for dropping half-semester courses is that it must be dropped within the first two weeks, as this is in proportion to the drop deadline for full-semester courses.  The deadline to take a half-semester course for Pass/Fail or for R credit is the first day of the fifth week of the course. 

Grading System:  Good Academic Standing, R Grade, Pass/Fail

Please read about Grades on the GSAS website

  • Courses taken for R or Pass/Fail do not count towards the MA Statistics degree.
  • Core classes may not be taken for R or P/F. 
  • Not all courses are eligible for either P/F or R.
    • For P/F, check with the Office of the Registrar first. They will verify if the course is able to change to P/F.  If so, you should be able to change it in SSOL.  Click HERE for further details on the “Pass/Fail” grade.
    • R grades must be approved by the course instructor.  You must make an arrangement with the instructor.  Click HERE for further details on the “R” grade.
  • It is sometimes possible to re-take a failed course or appeal a grade. 
  • The Faculty Adviser needs to be notified before the status of a course is changed. 

Leaves of Absence, Withdrawals, and Reinstatement

Please read the GSAS website.

Housing

University-owned housing is very limited and most MA students do not receive housing. To apply for University housing, follow the directions at University Apartment Housing (UAH). Information about types of housing, leases, and location of University housing is available on the UAH website. Please note, incoming master’s students who are granted housing are normally limited to one year of housing and must be enrolled full time in both semesters Student should also take advantage of Columbia’s Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA)Office which provides assistance in renting housing in New York City as well as a bulletin board on which you can search for prospective roommates who are Columbia students. This is a great resource for MA students as even those that do get housing typically must seek off campus housing for the final semester. Please note that you should reach out to OCHA at least a few weeks before you need your housing. For further information, please refer to the GSAS Student Housing website.

Student Email Communication Policy

Columbia University has established email as an official means of communication with students. An official Columbia University email address is required for all students. The University has the right to send official communications to the University email address, which is based upon the University Network ID (UNI) assigned to the student. The University expects that every student will receive email at his or her Columbia University email address and will read email on a frequent and consistent basis. A student’s failure to receive and read University communications in a timely manner does not absolve that student from knowing and complying with the content of such communications. Students may elect to redirect (auto-forward) email sent to their University email address. Students who redirect email from their official University email address to another address do so at their own risk. If email is lost as a result of forwarding, it does not absolve the student from the responsibilities associated with communications sent to their official University email address.

Email Forwarding

If Lionmail is difficult to access, especially when traveling or within another country:   

Email use must be consistent with other Columbia University policies including the Email Usage Policy.  Learn more.

International Students

ISSO

The International Students and Scholars Office is the top resource in terms of all visa issues. The ISSO office has walk-in advisory hours all week and is located at 524 Riverside Drive between W. 122 St. and Tiemann Place. 

Information on how to invite family and friends for Graduation or for other events is HERE

Student Employment information can be found HERE.  

OPT – Optional Practical Training for International MA in Statistics Students

  • The MA Statistics Program offers OPT, but does not offer CPT. 
  • Current MA Statistics students can find out how to apply for OPT by reading the weekly MA Statistics Newsletter. 
  • More information about OPT may be found on this PAGE.  Just scroll down and find the information about OPT. 
  • General information on OPT can be found HERE
  • Details on the OPT extension for students with STEM degrees can be found HERE.
  • The ISSO calendar can be found HERE.

ALP – American Language Program – This program is highly recommended for MA Statistics students, especially those who will be seeking employment in the U.S. Besides technical abilities, employers look for candidates with excellent communication skills.  

The following three courses are available to all Columbia University students.  Students who register for one full Residence Unit (1RU) or one full Extended Residence Unit (1 ER) may take a course as long as the total points taken in one semester do not exceed 18.  Please note the early deadlines to apply for these courses and see below for how to apply as an MA student.*

*Current MA Statistics students can write to Joel Chaffee at jc3303@columbia.edu with the following information:

  1.  Last Name, First Name
  2.  UNI
  3.  Class choice.  (Where applicable, be specific as to AM or PM section.)
  4. Please indicate that you are an M.A. Statistics student. 

Mr. Chaffee will assign an online placement test for you. 

More details on the American Language Program can be found here

The Chazen English Program 

Information on the Chazen English program at the Columbia Business School can be found here.  

The Columbia College Writing Center

Available to MA Statistics students.  This is a free service that is extremely helpful for anyone preparing written career materials or academic writing.  Excellent written communication is critical for your success in the job search.  This service will not provide career advice, but will check grammar and content. Find details here.  

More English Language Practice Opportunities

HERE is a listing of institutions in New York City which offer English language instruction and conversation.  Call or email for details.   Share your feedback with the Department by writing:  maprogram@stat.columbia.edu

Helpful Contacts

Health & Safety Concerns Email/Contact Page Location
Emergency:  911 or (212) 854-5555    
Public Safety:  (212) 854-2797 publicsafety@columbia.edu 101 Low
Obtain ID or lost ID idcard@columbia.edu 204 Kent Hall
Medical Issues Health Services John Jay Hall
Admission & Tuition
Email/Contact Page
Location
Admissions gsas-admissions@columbia.edu 107 Low

Info for international students:  visas, I-20, OPT, US taxes

Employment for an international student

isso@columbia.edu

isso-opt@columbia.edu

524 Riverside Drive

Tuition:  How to Pay

gsas-finaid@columbia.edu

107 Low Office of Financial Aid
Grades & Academic Integrity
Email/Contact Page Location

Leave of Absence,

Withdrawal, Reinstatement

Leave of Absence

Withdrawal

Unofficial Withdrawal

Good Academic Standing GPA Calculator Meet regularly with your Adviser
Disciplinary Procedures studentconduct@columbia.edu

Report an incident

Submit a Request for Grade Appeal

Grades, Incompletes,

Re-taking Classes, Appeals,

R Grade, Pass/Fail

R Grade & Pass/Fail

GSAS Grading System

Visit your Academic Adviser

Graduation & Certification

Email File for Graduation & More

Commencement

Invite Friends & Family

gsas-convocation@columbia.edu

diplomas@columbia.edu

 File for Graduation

General Information on Graduation

Receiving the Diploma

Certification Requests

 registrar@columbia.edu

Academic Certification,

Columbia Univ. Transcripts

Transfer Credit

maprogram@stat.columbia.edu

Taken at Columbia only & not used for another degree
Courses & Registration Email/Contact Page Location
Deadlines & Dates:  Last Day to Add, Drop, P/F, R-Credit GSAS Academic Calendar Registrar Academic Calendar
Registration, CU Course Directory registrar@columbia.edu 205 Kent Hall, Course Lists
Summer Classes Info summersessions@columbia.edu Lewisohn Hall

Electives: 

All Approved Electives

By Interest Area

Required Courses

Cross Registration

registrar@columbia.edu Review your course selections with your Faculty Adviser
Statistics Dept. & Ma Program
Email/Contact Page Location

MA Statistics Program Location

6th Floor Watson Hall

maprogram@stat.columbia.edu

612 West 115th Street

New York, NY 10025, MC 6006

Statistics Department

Main Office and Mail Boxes

10th Floor SSW

Social Work Building

1255 Amsterdam Ave. (121 & 122)

New York, NY 10027, MC 4690

Find Contact Information
Email/Contact Page Location
Find contact information Contact info for CU Students Columbia Maps
Find a Professor, Administrator or Student Statistics Dept. Listing

CU Directory, CU Website

(see search on top right)

Find a classroom or other location Visiting Columbia University Columbia Maps

Student Representatives

Statistics Club E-Board

Student Representatives Statistics Club Facebook Page
Other Inquiries Email  
Questions NOT answered by our Website maprogram@stat.columbia.edu