Undergraduate Recruitment Committee

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The Undergraduate Recruitment Committee (URC) is a subunit of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for students who are interested in being part of the recruitment effort for Columbia Admissions. The central part of being a member of the URC is being a campus tour guide, leading a weekly tour of prospective students, families, and visitors around campus and explaining the history and culture of Columbia. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions recruits new members of the URC each fall. Members undergo extensive training in the spring before becoming full URC members. This training is a broad framework that allows to freely express their personal experiences.

The URC consists of an Advisory Board, which is made up of roughly fifteen upperclassmen who help administer the varying programs put on by the URC, and the general body, which is made up of over 150 active tour guides. In addition to the URC, the Multicultural Recruitment Committee (MRC) and the Global Recruitment Committee (GRC) also support the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in recruiting students.

Students of all years who wish to join the URC are welcome to apply in the middle of the fall semester, and can contact the Admissions Office for further information.


  • Days on Campus
  • Phone-a-Thons to admitted students
  • Lions' Den - an alternate option for admitted students to visit campus
  • Online chats to prospective students
  • The Alma Mater Ambassador Program, whereby students return to their high school over break to present about Columbia
  • Science and Engineering specific tours