- Hybrid Program General Questions
- Registration & Online Course Information
- Hybrid Program International Student Questions
- READ all emails sent to you from the MA Program, Statistics Department, and GSAS.
- Below is the NEW STUDENT CHECKLIST specifically for HYBRID STUDENTS:
Please complete the following:
- Activate your UNI and begin to use your Columbia Email.
- I-20: Hybrid students do not apply for the I-20 until September. Contact ISSO for all international issues (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- HOUSING: Hybrid students do not apply for housing until mid-October. A reminder will be in the MA Statistics Newsletter. All housing questions should be directed to University Apartment Housing (UAH).
- IMMUNIZATION: Here are details. Required by the end of July. **Required for Hybrid students even though they will not be on-campus in the Fall.**
- CUID: Submit photo. Hybrid students will not pick up the ID until January.
- TRANSCRIPTS: Follow instructions on the GSAS New Student Checklist. Write to GSAS if you have a question.
- PRE-ARRIVAL TUTORIALS: Complete these tutorials as soon as possible to avoid a HOLD on your account. They are on the GSAS New Student Checklist. Required of all students including Hybrid.
- REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES: This will not begin until the end of August. Faculty Advisers will be assigned at the end of August.
- HEALTH / MEDICAL FEES: These are NOT required of Hybrid students in the first (online) semester. Expect more details on these and other fees in August.
- HELPFUL COLUMBIA VIDEOS.
- VIEW: Tips for Success—Recorded Video—PDF version. Use the PDF to access the links.
- Review information on Student Financial Services and payments HERE.
- Save-the-date for the Hybrid In-Person Orientation January 17, 2019.
It is good to review KEY TASKS for new students and the GSAS New Student Checklist. bearing in mind that some of the things on those lists will not apply to you as an online student. In particular for the Fall Semester, Hybrid Students:
- Will not pay for health insurance and other on-campus fees.
- Will not apply for housing until October.
- Will not apply for the I-20 until September (international students only).
Please read carefully about this on the GSAS New Student Checklist and submit as soon as possible, or you may receive a hold on your registration. You can email questions to: email@example.com.
Yes. All students, whether arriving on campus or not, must submit the vaccination records at least 30 days before registering for classes. If you have not done so already, please make sure to share your documentation with the health services office. You will not be able to register for your fall online classes until you do so.
Once you accept your offer of admission into the MA Program and pay your deposit, a space is reserved for you to register for classes. Registration for all incoming students will not happen until the very end of August. Find the exact date in your Welcome Emails.
When you register for classes (in late August/early September) you must also register for a full or partial RU (Residence Unit). The RU determines the tuition you will pay. Once you register, you will be billed.
Please consult the Student Financial Services for complete instructions on billing and payment (including E-Billing, payment options, refunds, and withdrawals). There is also information about payment and billing deadlines through the GSAS page. Finally, you may refer to this guide to making your online payment.
Payment is due by the date listed on the Student Account Statement, which is available in Student Services Online (SSOL). In general, payment for each term is due before the end date of the University’s official Change of Program period, as noted on the academic calendar.
No. Hybrid online students are expected to take all classes remotely during the Fall Semester. You will not receive a Columbia ID until you arrive to campus in January for your second semester/Spring Semester. When you arrive to campus in the Spring Semester, you will have student fees, which will give you access to the health facilities, gym and the libraries. Please read more here.
There will be no facilities fee charged on your bill for the first semester since it will be online and you will not be on campus.
No. You should not pay for health insurance during the Fall/On-line semester as you will not be on campus.
Upon arrival in January for the start of the on-campus portion of the program, students will automatically be enrolled in a CU health insurance plan unless selecting to waive out. All International students are now required to enroll in an insurance plan once taking classes on campus.
The hybrid students will receive their ID cards in mid-January, when they come to campus.
Once you arrive on-campus in mid-January, you should attend the Hybrid Orientation and meet the other Hybrid Statistics students. Once you are on-campus, there will be opportunities to take part in student-led organizations and events. Join the Columbia Statistics Club as they will be holding events.
Read the weekly MA Newsletter. All the career-related events will be listed in the MA Newsletter with the links to sign up. In order to register for a one-on-one resume or cover letter review, you need to attend a resume and a cover letter workshop first. You will not want to miss the "Meet the Employer" events and Alumni Panels.
Information on housing is available on the University Apartment Housing (UAH) Website. The UAH Website will accept applications to apply for Columbia housing in mid-October. Read the MA Newsletter and the UAH Website to find out the exact time when you may apply.
University-owned housing is very limited and most MA students do not receive housing. Housing depends on availability and students arriving on campus for the first time will get priority.
- For the Columbia University Apartment Housing (UAH) website, click HERE
- For Student Housing Essentials, click HERE.
- Review the Housing information on the GSAS Website: Click HERE .
- Please view the OCHA Apartment Hunting Webinar.
- Here are Alternative Housing Links.
- Here is Off Campus Housing
- Here is International House.
You will be notified of your Faculty Adviser assignment via email towards the end of August - just before registration for incoming students.
Your Faculty Adviser is the primary person to go to in terms of your academic needs. Your Faculty Adviser must approve your course selection before each semester and affirm that you are making adequate progress towards graduation. The approval may be in person or email. Faculty are busy so give them adequate time (a week is reasonable) to respond. Contact and visit your Faculty Adviser if you are having difficulty in your classes or if you need advice on what courses to take. Hybrid students may use email and/or Skype during the online potion of the program.
Newly incoming students will not be able to register until the end of August. When Registration is open, each student will receive an assigned appointment time in SSOL. All MA Statistics Students will register at the same time. Please review the Registration Guidelines on the MA Statistics Website. The Office of the University Registrar is helpful.
Registration at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is a two-part process:
- Register for courses.
- Register for a full or partial Residence Unit (RU).
Each course has 3 points for a total of 12 points. This is the full-time schedule:
- Probability (GR5203, Section D04) 1st half of the semester - Core Course
- Inference (GR5204, Section D04) 2nd half of the semester - Core Course
- Linear Regression Models (GR5205, Section D05) full semester - Core Course
- Statistical Computation & Introduction to Data Science (GR5206, Section D01) full semester
International students in F-1 status are expected to take all four online courses offered during the first semester and achieve one Residence Unit (RU) worth of credit for a full-time schedule.
Domestic students have greater flexibility and need to discuss their choices with their faculty adviser. Stat Comp & Intro to Data Science (GR5206) is optional for domestic students, but recommended. It is a prerequisite for the popular course, GR5241—Statistical Machine Learning, and GR5242—Advanced Machine Learning, as part of the Data Science Sequence in Statistics.
All students are required to attend live during quizzes, exams and/or group work. Please always refer to each individual class syllabus as to the rules of each class. Each instructor will share more about online course attendance.
Recorded sessions will be available to watch at a later time.
Yes, you may watch it online through a streaming link via Zoom, or download to your computer as many times as you want. No credentials are needed, you just need a link from the Department.
Yes, your professors and TA’s will hold online office hours. Please refer to the syllabus and course instructor on what web based platform they will use.
No, all online courses are only offered in the first semester (fall semester). Once you are on-campus in the spring semester, you will be taking all your courses in person.
A full-time, international student (in F-1 status) enrolled in the MA Statistics Hybrid Online/On-Campus Program must register all four online courses in the first semester:
- GR5203 D04 Probability (half-semester)
- GR5204 D04 Inference (half-semester)
- GR5205 D05 Linear Regression Models
- GR5206 D01 Statistical Computing & Introduction to Data Science
No, hybrid students are not eligible for CPT or Pre-Completion OPT.*
Federal laws require that international students complete two full-time academic terms (fall and spring) on campus in F-1 status before they are eligible for OPT or CPT.
Hybrid students who are in F-1 status do not qualify for pre-completion OPT or CPT.
International students are not eligible for pre-completion OPT or CPT until completing two full semesters on campus in F-1 status according to US. Federal laws. Read more HERE.
Hybrid students in F-1 status will not have the two full semesters on campus to qualify for either pre-completion OPT or CPT either in the summer or the final fall semester. Participating in a paid internship without work authorization is a serious violation of F-1 immigration status.
After graduation, hybrid students who spent the spring and final fall semester on-campus will be able to apply for post-completion OPT.
At the beginning of the final semester, students planning to graduate will receive information and specific instructions via email about post-completion OPT.
Hybrid students may be eligible to apply for an additional 24 months of OPT authorization (STEM) if the employment situation meets certain criteria. Please read about this HERE.
An international student residing abroad may apply for an I-20 form no earlier than September, following admission to the program. Questions about visas are best directed to ISSO - the Columbia International Students and Scholars Office.
No, the on-line portion of the program does not qualify for the I-20 form or for F-1 student status.
As in the response above, a student is eligible for a transfer I-20 in the spring term and may apply no earlier than September following admission to the program. Questions about visas are best directed to ISSO - the Columbia International Students and Scholars Office.