After you have accepted the offer of admission, please complete the following checklist to begin your transition to Columbia:
- Activate Your UNI and Columbia Email Address
- International Students: Apply for Your I-20
- Apply for Housing
- Fulfill Immunization Requirements
- Submit a Photo for Your Columbia ID Card
- Submit Final Transcripts
- Complete All Pre-Arrival Tutorials
- Register for Classes AND a Full or Fractional Residence Unit
- Understand Your Columbia Health and Student Medical Insurance Options
Your UNI (University Network ID) grants you access to a number of important functions at Columbia, including registration, billing, and email. Your designated UNI (which consists of your initials and a four-digit number) will be sent to the email address with which you applied to GSAS. If you have not yet received that email, then we are still in the process of creating a UNI for you. Once you receive your UNI notification email, follow these instructions to activate it.
Activating your UNI will also activate your Columbia email account (known as LionMail). You should check this account regularly; all official correspondence from the University will be sent to your Columbia email account.
If you have not already done so, we strongly urge you to apply for your I-20 online as soon as possible to expedite the process of obtaining a student visa. Please contact the International Students and Scholars Office at email@example.com with any questions.
To apply for housing, complete the University Apartment Housing (UAH) application by the deadline indicated in your letter of admission. You will need your sign-up code and PID number, also included in your letter of admission.
Students must fulfill two immunization requirements at least 30 days prior to registering for classes. Students will not be able to register until the requirements are met, and late submissions will not be expedited.
- Document immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella
- Document that you have either received the meningitis vaccine or that you have declined to receive it
To provide documentation and for more information, see the Columbia Health website.
You must submit a photo online to be used on your Columbia ID card. You will be able to pick up your ID card in person at the ID Center in Kent Hall once you arrive on campus. (A government-issued photo ID, such as a passport or driver license, is required for pick-up.) Please note that it can take up to three to four business days to generate your ID card after you have submitted your photo.
If you haven't already done so, you must submit transcripts showing the conferral date of any degrees you have previously received, including degrees received from Columbia University, to the GSAS Office of Admissions, by mail or in person at the address below. Transcripts must meet ALL of the following criteria:
- final (showing the conferral date of the degree pursued)
- official (generated by the school)
- in paper (not electronic)
GSAS Office of Admissions
107 Low Library, MC 4303
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
GSAS students are expected to exhibit the highest level of personal and academic integrity as members of the Columbia University community. Accordingly, GSAS asks that you familiarize yourself with Columbia’s core community values and policies on Academic Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research and Sexual Respect.
Incoming Master’s and Doctoral students in Arts and Sciences must complete several online tutorials in these areas prior to arrival on campus:
Failure to complete all of these tutorials prior to arrival on campus may have an impact on your ability to register for courses, gain access to Columbia University facilities, and participate in classes. It is therefore imperative that you complete these requirements as soon as possible. If you require an accommodation or have any other questions, please contact Manoah Finston in the GSAS Office of Student Affairs.
Students entering in Spring 2017 will be able to register online from January 9 to 13. Students are assigned periods of time, each several hours long, during which they can register. These "registration appointments" will be listed in Student Services Online (SSOL).
Registration is a two-part process that consists of registering for individual classes and registering for a full or fractional Residence Unit (a registration category that determines the amount of tuition you will be charged). For complete information about registration procedures, refer to the Registration page.
All entering GSAS students must register themselves for both at least one class and a full or fractional Residence Unit by the end of the day on Thursday, January 12. Incoming students do not need to register for their full complement of classes, and may change their registration after January 12; however, any student who is unregistered by the end of the day on Thursday, January 12 will be charged a late fee.
Columbia Health Program
By paying the Columbia Health Fee, students enroll in the Columbia Health Program and are granted access to the programs and services provided on campus through the five Columbia Health departments. The fee is mandatory and automatically billed to 1) all full-time students and 2) those who elect enrollment in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan (see below). Other students may elect enrollment in the Columbia Health Program. Visit the Columbia Health website for full program details and benefits.
Columbia Student Medical Insurance
University policy requires all registered full-time students to have acceptable health insurance coverage. Columbia University offers the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, which provides Gold and Platinum levels of coverage. Full-time students and students living in Columbia housing are automatically enrolled in the Gold level of the plan and billed for the insurance premium in addition to the Columbia Health Fee. Part-time students may elect enrollment in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan.
Students who enroll in the plan may also choose to make use of the optional insurance for eligible dependents.
Students who wish to enroll in the Gold plan, upgrade to the Platinum plan, or request a waiver from Columbia Student Medical Insurance (if they have comparable or better coverage elsewhere) must do so by the deadline. Visit the Columbia Health website for full plan details and benefits.