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Welcome to campus, sweet ’16ers! Soon you’ll be thrust into a world where it seems like everyone speaks in TLA’s. Have no fear though—Bwog’s always posted this little guide to Columbia acronyms and initialisms, and we’ve updated the list just for you. The shrewd freshperson will write these on flashcards and memorize them all before hitting 1020 Campo Il Cibreo a Carman pregame tonight.

The Schools

  • CC – Columbia College, the largest and oldest undergrad school.
  • SEAS – School of Engineering and Applied Science. Note the absence of an “s” at the end of “Science” and realize that if you ever call it “Fu” or “Fu Foundation,” your friends will never let you live it down.
  • CE – Columbia Engineering. SEAS is trying to rebrand itself as “CE.” Don’t worry though, it will still be SEAS.
  • GS – General Studies, Columbia’s undergraduate school for “nontraditional” students, people who are usually more worldly than you. Dean Peter Awn explains it best here.
  • BC – Barnard College, the all-ladies college across the street from the main campus.
  • TC – Teacher’s College. They train teachers.
  • JTS – Jewish Theological Seminary. JTS’ List College offers joint degrees with Barnard and GS, so you’ll probably mingle with these guys.
  • UTS – Union Theological Seminary. Another theological school affiliated with Columbia. Also houses a killer theology library, the biggest one in the Western Hemisphere.
  • SoA – School of the Arts. Offers the MFA degree and, formerly, James Franco.
  • SIPA – School of International and Public Affairs.
  • GSAS – Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • GSAPP – Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Columbia offers landscape design degrees. You can take a class on plants. How bout that?
  • CUSSW– Columbia University School of Social Work for the do-gooders.
  • CUMC – Columbia University Medical Center. Even farther north, this collection of medical and health schools is located up in Washington Heights, about 50 blocks north from the main Morningside Heights campus. Intrepid pre-meds take note.
The VIPs
  • PrezBo – President Lee Bollinger. But you knew that already.
  • Deantini – James Valentini, Dean of CC, and also the namesake of a surprisingly strong cocktail.
  • Goldean – Donald Goldfarb, interim Dean of SEAS.
  • MMA – Michele Moody-Adams. Former Dean of CC and VP of Undergraduate Education. Also acceptable: MiMoo.
  • KevSho (aka Ke$ho) – Dean of Student Affairs, Kevin Shollenberger, and his superstar alter ego inspired by 2011’s V-Show.

The Government

  • CCSC – Columbia College Student Council. Represents CC (let’s see how fast you learn) students.
  • ESC – Engineering Student Council for SEAS.
  • SGA – Student Government Association for Barnard.
  • GSSC – General Students Student Council for GS.

The Bureaucracy

  • ABC – Activities Board at Columbia. Governing board that makes it rain for (non-political, -spiritual, or -activist) student groups on campus. Controlling funding is a big deal, so befriend board members to keep your club afloat. Just kidding, it’s not that corrupt.
  • SGB – Student Governing Board. Funds everything else (“religious, spiritual, political, ideological, humanitarian, or activist in nature”).
  • CCE – Center for Career Education. Located in the bowels of East Campus, CCE will get you employed.
  • CSA – Center for Student Advising. Housed in a fancy new facility in Lerner, the CSA is where your advisors dwell. (Yes they do exist, and can be quite helpful).
  • IGC – Inter-Greek Council. Governing board for the fraternities and sororities, which can’t be overseen by the ABC or SGB.

The Lifelines

  • CPS – Columbia Psychological Services. With main headquarters on Lerner 8 and satellite offices all over campus, CPS offers free therapy to anyone who has paid the Health Services fee.
  • CAVA – Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance. Also known as Columbia University Emergency Medical Services (CUEMS), CAVA is  known for helping your super drunk friends. “Getting CAVA’d” is seen by some as a right of passage in Carman and CAVA’s number, 212-854-5555, is worth programming into your phone. Do it now.
  • RA – Resident Adviser. Consult these people for your daily needs (vacuum, getting sexiled, condoms, etc.). They are generally lovely, so be civil in return.
  • CA – Community Adviser. A sort of “super RA,” CAs sit towards the top of the housing hierarchy, appropriately on a higher floor in the dorms.

The First Bonds

  • NSOP – New Student Orientation Program. Happens the week before classes start and the old folks trickle in. For some, a week forever blurred by alcohol. For others, The Most Fun Ever. For most, it’s a little awkward and you want college to start already.
  • COÖP – Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program. Composed of three outdoor pre-move in programs: COHOP (hiking), COROP (river canoeing), and COBOP (biking). Vshow 116 caricatured the COÖP cult: summoned by a conch call, COÖPers worshiped a frisbee. We know it was the single greatest experience of your life, ever. Now, ssshhh.
  • CUE – Columbia Urban Experience. Another pre-move in program, though CUE-ties stay in the city and don’t talk about poop as much.

The Neighborhood

  • EC – East Campus. A primarily junior/senior residence hall with coveted townhouses, EC offering ample suite space for Saturday night shit shows. Party-goers are plagued by indecision. EC’s far from the physically nicest senior housing, but still, it’s the most fun, provided you’re okay with vomit in the elevators.
  • IAB – International Affairs Building. Home to SIPA. Some people incorrectly refer to the building as SIPA when IAB is its actual name; debate ensues. Check out the roof for one of those transcendent “I love Columbia” moments.
  • LLC – Living-Learning Center. Comprised of Hartley and Wallach Halls, the LLC has a mandatory application process for prospective residents (except for freshmen). It’s known for having a stricter noise and alcohol policy than most other dorms, but that doesn’t really stop people from getting crazy.
  • NoCo – Northwest Corner Building. Refers to the shiny microwave building next to Pupin that opened in January 2011. Joe the Art of Coffee is here with many mustacheod baristas, as well as the NoCo library with massive monitors.

The Education

  • CC – Contemporary Civilization (not to be confused with Columbia College). Part of the Core; essentially a “Greatest Hits of Philosophy” course. CC students take this in their second year. It can be a truly incredible experience.
  • CULPA – Columbia Underground Listing of Professor Ability. Offers students a space to review professors and classes.
  • NINJa – NINJa Is Not Jake. Columbia’s network of printers. See our guide to read about how to take the most advantage of them!
  • TA – Teaching Assistant. Responsible for grading, proctoring, and other things actual professors don’t want to do.
  • UW – University Writing. A semester-long writing course that is taken by all students in their first year.
  • SSOL – Student Services OnLine. Web portal for students to take care of anything non-academic (replenishing Flex, ordering transcripts, seeing how much you owe the school). Don’t confuse this with CourseWorks, which houses strictly academic information pertaining to your classes.

The Entertainment

  • CMTS – Columbia Musical Theatre Society. They put on musicals throughout the year, and your CMTS will make you go. Columbia has several students with serious Broadway creds and other talented performers, so prepare to be pleasantly surprised.
  • CTV – Columbia Television. Television run by Columbia students with original programming as well as a news show. We just don’t know anyone who watches it…except when they’re high…but still not so much.
  • CUFP – Columbia University Film Productions. The school’s film club. They make movies.
  • CUMB – Columbia University Marching Band. Columbia’s scramble band that plays during football games and other events. They are best known for Orgo Night, when the band marches into Butler 209 the day before the Orgo final and puts on an irreverent comedy show.
  • CUPS – Columbia University Photography Society. These are the people you see wandering around with cameras so fancy that they need their own acronym guide.
  • NOMADS – New and Original Material Authored and Directed by Students. They produce original works throughout the year, and your NOMAD pals will make you go.
  • KCST– King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe. Known for their awesome outdoor spring show and innovative interpretations.
  • TIC – Ticket and Information Center. The booth in the Lerner lobby where you can buy discounted tickets for shows and movies. Movie ticket prices in NYC are astronomical, so TIC will save you serious dough.
  • WKCR/WBAR – Not really acronyms, but rather call signs for the radio stations run by Columbia and Barnard, respectively.

The Community

  • CCO – Columbia Community Outreach. Sponsors a day when Columbia students volunteer to help the greater New York community. A lot of Columbians volunteer on other days too; many just don’t talk about it.
  • CQA – Columbia Queer Alliance. A place for the LGBTQ community. They sponsor First Friday and recently been vocal in advocating for gender neutral housing.
  • CPU & CPR – Columbia Political Union & Columbia Political Review. Non-partisan political organizations that is probably most known for publishing their magazine, the Columbia Political Review.
  • IRC – Intercultural Resource Center. Located on Frat Row, the IRC houses students pursuing, according to the website, self-discovery and intercultural exchanges.
  • OMA – Office of Multicultural Affairs. Does what it sounds like it does.
  • ROOTEd – Respecting Ourselves and Others Through Education. Under the OMA, this group is dedicated to exploring issues related to diversity in the U.S.

And they’re a billion other religious and cultural groups with punchy acronyms. Check out this list! Go crazy!

Things That are NOT Acronyms

  • Bwog – It’s actually a portmanteau. You know, French and shit.

Did we miss any? We’ve tried to cover the major ones here, but feel free to add more in the comments!

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  • Bwog sucks says:

    @Bwog sucks you bwoggers are so damn lazy

    “CC – Columbia College, the largest and oldest and recently deanless undergrad school.”

    really? That was so 2011

  • MBA says:

    @MBA CBS – Columbia Business School

  • Alum says:

    @Alum “UTS – Union Theological Seminary. Another theological school affiliated with Columbia. Also houses a killer theology library, the biggest one in the Western Hemisphere.”

    Also worth noting: that library belongs to Columbia. UTS used to own it separately, but sold it to Columbia a few years ago. CU got long-term leases for three UTS buildings — including the one that houses the library — as part of the same deal.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous e-school: engineering, j-school: journalism, i-school: sipa, b-school: business; g-school: barnyard (or to punish them for ignoring Breslow’s merger offers, make them the y-school, after their hidden letter); o-school, general studies (old-school), c-school: college, a-school: architructure …

    1. Well.... says:

      @Well.... …how about you go back to high school and learn to spell “architecture?”

      Actually, never mind: you seem to be quite the architect of insipid commentary. You’ll do very well here.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous P&S: College of Physicians and Surgeons. Premeds take note.

  • uh says:

    @uh MMA definitely doesn’t take precedent to MiMoo…

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous precedence*

  • WKCR/WBAR says:

    @WKCR/WBAR WKCR – Full-fledged FCC-licensed radio station. Plays mostly jazz, considers Columbia as a place it just happens to rent space from.

    WBAR – Online-only station. Traditional “college rock”. Broadcasts range from barely-qualifies-as-amateur to amateur.

  • uh says:

    @uh precedence*

  • SSOL says:

    @SSOL Last time I checked, I used SSOL to register for classes, check my final grades, print out my DAR (Degree Audit Report), and confirm final exam schedules. All those activities are non-academic?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Lifelines cont’d – RC/AVSC, the Rape Crisis/ Anti-Violence Support Center. Confidential, anonymous peer counseling from 8 to 11pm, as well as 24/7 accompaniment and advocacy (to and at the hospital, the NYPD/DA, health services, meetings with administration, etc.) at 212-854-HELP. See their division of Columbia Health’s website for more. :)

    1. ^^Important says:

      @^^Important Stuff your RA will say that’s actually important.

      Also put public safety/CAVA #s into your cells freshpeople.

      Pubic Safety:

      Emergency: 212-305-7979

      Medical Center: 212-305-8100

      After-hours urgent health concerns 212 854 9797

      CAVA (Ambulance) 212 854 5555

      Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center 212 854 WALK

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Your phone numbers are off:

        Public Safety, Morningside Heights:
        Emergency and CAVA: (212) 854-5555
        Office: (212) 854-2797

        Public Safety, CUMC:
        Emergency: (212) 305-7979
        Office: (212) 305-8100

  • Too soon says:

    @Too soon “CCE will get you employed.” Oh Bwog, freshpeople won’t understand that you’re being sarcastic yet.

  • Simon Jerome says:

    @Simon Jerome SEAS is no longer “trying” to rebrand itself, especially since “CE” refers to the School of Continuing Education.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Why isn’t McAC on here?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous ISOP – International Pre-Orientation

    1. ISOP says:

      @ISOP – International Student Orientation Program?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous CE over SEAS was the confusion introduced by the former Dean, who was eventually knocked out

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