COÖP–the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program– is an optional pre-orientation program for incoming Columbia College and SEAS first-year and transfer students. This annual fall trip is a four-day camping experience in either hiking (HOP), biking (BOP), or river canoeing (ROP). To learn more about each program, please click its corresponding link.
Each of our three programs groups a handful of first-years together with 2-3 upperclassmen trip leaders. The leaders act as mentors for new students, creating a comfortable environment in which everyone can ask questions, express concerns, and get to know one another. All three programs involve complete immersion in the COÖP experience: tent camping, outdoor cooking, and invigorating exercise in the great outdoors.