A view from the class: Filip Tucek, MIA ’15

January 23rd, 2015 by Columbia SIPA

With the start of a new academic year, the SIPA Admissions Office, in conjunction with the Development Office, is excited to share with you a SIPA student stories series. Starting today, and every two weeks, we’ll feature one of SIPA’s bright and talented students! We are delighted to share with you the goals and aspirations of our students, who plan to enter the global public policy field and make a difference with the education they receive from SIPA. We hope that you will enjoy learning more about our fantastic students!

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Join us for Twitter Talk Thursday!

January 21st, 2015 by Columbia SIPA

We know you’ve got questions…

and we want to answer them.

Our admissions and financial aid officers answer your questions about student life, the application process, fellowships and more, via emails, phone calls and the Admissions Blog. We also host weekly webinars and in-person information sessions. But we want to do more for you.

So we’re trying something new in the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. Starting this month, we’re introducing a new way to get in touch with us: Twitter Talk Thursdays. This monthly, one-hour chat session will allow you to ask us in real-time your most pressing admissions questions. Not sure how to answer the optional essay? Want to confirm the types of course listings to include on your quantitative resume? Curious about the differences between scholarships and assistantships? Then this monthly event is for you!

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We’re closed for MLK Day

January 17th, 2015 by Kaitlyn Wells

(Photo courtesy of FIUTS.org)

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To answer that question, each year communities come together on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday to serve their neighbors and cities. Monday, January 19, 2015 will mark the 21st year of the MLK Day of Service, which takes place on the third Monday in January. It’s the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. MLK Day is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative, according to NationalService.gov.

Together we can help create a global community of service. In 2014, MLK Day inspired participants to help 38,000 veterans, military families and service members receive assistance, 360,000 people receive emergency food, and 58,000 children receive tutoring and mentorship services. Hopefully, our global communities will make those figures balloon this year!

If you’re interested in joining Seeple and other volunteers across the country at volunteer opportunities, visit the National Service website and enter your location under “Find a Volunteer Opportunity.” For those of you in the NYC area, there are several events taking place on Monday, including stocking bookshelves at a Washington Heights bookshop, helping a New Jersey group pack medical supplies for under-served populations, and assisting AmeriCorps members with teaching financial literacy in the East Village. Plus, you just might run into a SIPA alumn! After all, we’re pretty big on helping the world become a better place, near and far.

While you’re volunteering, don’t forget: Since MLK Day of Service is a national holiday, Columbia University and SIPA will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015. 

The best way to email our office

January 16th, 2015 by Columbia SIPA

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The fellowship deadline has past, and we’re working hard on assembling your application materials and reviewing completed applications. We can hardly wait to welcome the first members of the Class of 2017 to SIPA!

Before we can send out that first batch of decision letters, we have to ensure that your applications are complete. If you recall our recent post about application statuses, it takes a little legwork to get everyone organized. Thus, we’ve been receiving a large volume of email inquiries about submitted applications. To ensure we respond to your message in a timely fashion, we’re requesting that you email us with a subject line that clearly identifies the specific component of your application that you’re inquiring about. For example, instead of sending us a message with Question or Application in the subject line, please  send a message with My GRE scores or TOEFL Waiver Request for Reference No. 0555123456. By being direct with your subject line, you’ll help us triage your request faster so we can get you a response that much sooner.

Additionally, all emails should include your full, legal name and nine-digit application number. (There are a lot of Michaels, Jessicas and Yues out there!)

And don’t forget to review our recent blog posts before emailing or calling us. The Admissions Blog is truly chalk-full of valuable information! You may find these posts especially helpful:

For those still eager to apply, these posts should get you on the right track:

Don’t forget: our final application deadline is February 5, 2015. You can apply here!