NSHSS Member Event at Columbia University

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NSHSS Member Event at Columbia University

NSHSS scholars, their families, and educators are invited to attend our Member Event at Columbia University in New York City on Sept. 24.

When and where

Date and time


Columbia University - Alfred Lerner Hall 2920 Broadway New York, NY 10027

Map and directions

How to get there

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event


NSHSS scholars, their families, and their educators are invited to attend NSHSS Member Event at Columbia University in New York City on September 24th. Join fellow NSHSS members and their families from across the United States for educational opportunities, academic recognition, networking and making new friends. This event is a celebration of academic excellence. All members will be recognized for outstanding academic achievement during the medallion ceremony.


*This agenda is subject to change. Final details will be sent closer to event date.*

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Event Check In & Badge Pick-Up

Attendees will check-in with a digital or printed copy of their tickets and members will receive name badges in the Alfred Lerner Hall foyer.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Networking Breakfast and College & Career Fair

Attendees will have the chance to gather information from College & Career Fair exhibitors. NSHSS will provide a catered continental breakfast for all event participants.

9:00 AM - 9:35 AM: NSHSS Welcome & Columbia University Information Session

NSHSS will welcome attendees to campus, then Columbia University students/staff will guide them through an informative presentation about the university.

9:40 AM – 10:10 AM: Central Intelligence Agency Student Programs

Our partner, the Central Intelligence Agency, will present information about the special opportunities available to NSHSS members in high school, college, and even post-graduation. CIA offers multiple opportunities for college students to include scholarships and internships. CIA scholarships and internships offer competitive pay, health and life insurance benefits as well as an opportunity to work in a competitive atmosphere to gain valuable hands on experiences.

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: SAT and ACT Success: Everything You Need to Know

Princeton University graduate and Method Learning founder Tom Ehlers will present the latest guidance for parents and students on the SAT and ACT. He will answer all of the frequently asked questions that parents and students have about the SAT, ACT, and PSAT. A few examples include:

The best times to take the SAT and ACT

What does test-optional actually mean?

Differences between the SAT and ACT

10:50 AM – 11:25 AM: What is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Walton Foundation (Walmart) Board Member, Tanya Odom, will host a special session for our members. Stay tuned for more details to be announced!

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break

Attendees will visit nearby eateries for lunch on their own.

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Self-Guided Campus Tours

Attendees will have free time to explore the Columbia University campus

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: College and Career Fair

Attendees will have the chance to gather information from College & Career Fair exhibitors.

1:05 PM – 1:35 PM: An Introduction to Columbia University's Pre-College Programs

Learn about Columbia University’s Pre-College Programs. Students enrolled in grades 9-12 by Fall 2022 can delve into academic interests by choosing from over 30 courses from Art to Artificial Intelligence, taught by leading experts.

1:40 PM – 2:10 PM: Army ROTC Educational Workshop

NSHSS Partner, Army ROTC, will host a special session for our members. Stay tuned for more details to be announced!

2:15- 3:00 PM: Columbia University Student Panel

NSHSS Members will hear from additional Columbia University partners and/or current Columbia students that will speak to navigating campus life, choosing an appropriate major, and other general information about Columbia University. Stay tuned for more details to be announced!

3:00– 5:00 PM: Member Recognition Ceremony

Members will hear congratulatory remarks and receive their own NSHSS honor medallion.


Columbia University

Alfred Lerner Hall

2920 Broadway, Room 704

New York, NY 10027

Attendees are responsible for getting to and from the event location. NSHSS does not assist with airfare or hotels. This event is a very popular event for NSHSS. Tickets will be sold on a 'first come, first served' basis and once the event is sold out, it will be sold our for this year.  

DRESS CODE: Business casual

PARKING: Parking | Visitors Center (columbia.edu)

REFUND POLICY: No refunds, but if you are no longer able to attend, we can transfer your tickets to another NSHSS event.

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Columbia University Vaccination Requirement

By registering for this event, I agree as an attendee to follow the CDC and Columbia University Covid-19 guidelines stated below and understand that failure to adhere to these policies could result in being asked to leave the event.

Columbia University Event Policy:

Columbia University has instated a Covid-19 vaccination mandate for all all non-Columbia attendees or visitors. NSHSS event attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination to Columbia University staff at the door prior to checking into the event.

From Columbia University:

"While we have seen significant drops in COVID-19 test positivity in the New York metropolitan area, we do want to remind you that last month New York City raised its COVID-19 alert level to High (Orange) New York City’s COVID-19 alert status. To reflect the increased risk of COVID-19 transmission in the city, all affiliates are strongly encouraged to follow the University’s guidance

Clarification on gatherings, events, meetings and visitors during the NYC High Alert/Orange Status:

While Columbia-related gatherings and events can be held during this time, we strongly recommend wearing masks in indoor settings. It is the responsibility of Columbia event sponsors to check the vaccine status of all non-Columbia attendees or visitors prior to or at the beginning of the event.

As always, the University’s COVID-related policies are reviewed on an ongoing basis, to reflect current public health conditions, and any changes in the City’s alert levels. Thank you for continuing to keep yourselves and the Columbia community safe."

These precautionary safety measures will remain in effect until further notice. We will continue to monitor the current situation and will update these protocols as needed with information we receive from Columbia University. For more about Columbia University's Covid-19 policy please visit: https://covid19.columbia.edu/news/update-covid-19-university-guidance

Following the guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), we ask that you do not attend any NSHSS events if you have a positive COVID test prior to the NSHSS event.

*NSHSS will provide an event transfer credit with proof of positive test 2 weeks before event date.*

As Columbia University has instated this vaccination mandate, all NSHSS staff, exhibitors, and attendees must adhere to their policy. All members, parents, and guests must bring Covid-19 vaccination card with them along with their ticket to attend this member event inside Columbia's campus.

*If you have already purchased a ticket for this event and will no longer be able to attend due to this policy, please email rsvp@nshss.org *

Thank you on behalf of all of us at NSHSS.