Open House

All candidates who are admitted to the Columbia Graduate School in Physics are invited to attend the department's Open House. This is usually held during the last weekend in March. If you are in the USA at the time, we will be able to support your travel costs and we will supply accommodations during the Open House weekend. Unfortunately, our budget constraints will not allow us to pay your way here if you do not reside in the United States. However, should you be in the US during the period in which Open House is held, we can arrange to try and pay for your travel from wherever you are in the US to New York for the Open House weekend.

A visit is the best way to get a feel for the department, the faculty, the students, and the research that is carried on in the department. We certainly encourage you to come if at all possible.

Our Open House for Admitted Applicants will take place on:

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - Monday, March 25, 2019

For a complete schedule of the 2019 Open House, please click on the activities link on the right.


There are a number of things you should do as soon as possible:

Let us know (e-mail, Randy Torres, Director of Academic Administration) if you will be attending (when you will arrive, when you will leave, what activities you will be attending, will you want a hotel room, or are you staying with friends). Make your air/train/car travel plans. We will reimburse you up to a fixed amount based on the distance you have to travel, but you have to make your own travel plans. Do it early for best fares. ALWAYS keep your original receipts if you expect to be reimbursed. The reimbursement amount will be determined based on where an individual is currently matriculated. If an applicant has already graduated, they will be reimbursed based on their current mailing address listed on the application.

Below please find the total amount that we will be able to reimburse you during your visit to Columbia. If you are planning on visiting other schools around the area then we can make arrangements to split expenses with the other universities.

  • $400 if you are coming from the western states: WA,OR,CA,NV,ID,MO,UT,AZ,WY,CO,NM,ND,SD,NE,KS,OK,TX

          (Includes Western Provinces of Canada)

  • $300 if you are coming from the middle state regions: MN,IA,MT,AR,LA,WI,IL,MS,AL,TN,KY,IN,MI,OH

              (Includes Middle Provinces of Canada )

               *Please note for reimbursement purposes Ontario falls under this category.*

  • $200 from Atlantic coast states:

             (Includes Atlantic Provinces of Canada)

  • $100 from the immediate neighborhood: