New York is a great place to be a single LDS student. With four singles wards in Manhattan alone, there are numerous LDS singles to socialize and network with alongside other LDS students at Columbia. The high concentration of YSA’s in New York supersedes that of almost any other area on the east coast and creates a unique LDS environment within the “world’s capital.” In addition, the LDS student bodies of other nearby universities (NYU, Juilliard, Fordham, CUNY and Manhattan School of Music) are never more than a subway ride away.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do you attend church?
Columbia’s campus is located within the Harlem YSA Ward and students attend church just NW of campus on 128th Street and Lennox Avenue. For the 2013 calendar year, services are 9:00-12:00. The church can be reached by bus or subway. Students typically meet at the 116th gates 30 minutes before church starts to go together.
By bus: Board the M60 towards La Guardia (there is a stop right at the Broadway and 116th St gates). Get off at Lennox, and walk three blocks north to 128th.
By subway: Board the DOWNTOWN 1 towards South Ferry at the 116th St. stop. Exit at 96th, and transfer to the UPTOWN 2. Exit at 125th St; walk three blocks north on Lennox to 128th.
Can I go to Columbia and still serve a mission?
Yes! Columbia is very accommodating when it comes to helping students take a two-year leave of absence to serve a full-time mission. They have let students defer enrollment for two years in order to serve prior to beginning their studies, as well as let students take a two-year leave of absence after finishing their freshman year. In fact, there has almost always been at least one missionary serving from Columbia at any given time in recent history.
How many LDS students are at Columbia?
The exact number of LDS undergraduates at Columbia tends to fluctuate between 15-20.
What exactly does the LDSSA do?
In addition to Institute classes and attending Sunday worship services, LDSSA puts together numerous service and social activities each semester. This last year activities included movie marathons, NYC outings, dinners with the missionaries, a mixer with NYU, HilleLDSSA (a joint activity with the Jewish student group on campus), "Service Hop", Hurricane Sandy clean up, YSA conferences in Manhattan and Washington D.C., Columbia FHE, and more.
How easy is it to get to the Manhattan temple?
In addition to being conveniently located in the Manhattan neighborhood of Morningside Heights, Columbia’s campus is a thirty minute subway-ride from the Manhattan New York Temple. With constant access via the 1 Line, it’s hard to find easier access to a temple anywhere! More information about the Manhattan Temple, including a schedule and contact information, is on this page
Are there Institute classes at Columbia?
Yes! Institute classes are held weekly on campus. The schedule for Fall 2013 is (tentatively) 8:30 pm on Tuesday evenings, in the Fireplace Room of Earl Hall. There are also a variety of Institute classes held throughout New York City.
I am a prospective student interested in learning about LDS life at Columbia University; what can I do?
Fabulous! Feel free to call or email Emma Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org; 801.856.0733) to set something up, be it an overnight visit, a visit to church, a Skype session with LDS students, etc. It is a unique and wonderful experience to be a member of the LDS church at Columbia University; we would love to see our numbers grow here.