Countdown To Columbia

In This Newsletter

  • The Checklist
  • Activate Your UNI (6/19)
  • LionMail: Your Columbia Email (6/19)
  • COLUMBIA 101 for Transfer Students (Non-Combined Plan) (6/29)
  • Disability Services Requests (7/25)
  • Moving to Campus (8/26)
  • Advising for Transfer Students
  • Advising for Combined Plan Students
  • Advising for Visiting Students
  • Begin the Visa Process NOW if Applicable
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Columbia undergraduate community! This is the first of a series of weekly e-newsletters we will be sending over the summer to share timely and relevant information and help you prepare for your arrival on campus. You will learn about campus resources, our New Student Orientation Program (NSOP), and important events, dates, and deadlines. We look forward to seeing you in August!


James J. Valentini
Dean of Columbia College

Mary C. Boyce
Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Arriving on campus

The Checklist

As a new student, you need to fulfill several requirements prior to your arrival.

Visit the new students website and follow the online checklist, which highlights key information and outlines important steps to take to ensure that you have a smooth transition to Columbia.

Meeting the deadlines on this list is essential to avoiding registration delays!

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News & Announcements

Activate Your UNI (6/19)

Your University Network ID (UNI) is the name and password you will use to access many online services at Columbia. Your UNI is also the first part of your Columbia email address: [UNI] Select "Activate UNI or Email."

LionMail: Your Columbia Email (6/19)

Once you have activated your UNI, you may access Columbia's secure online applications, including Student Services Online, CourseWorks, and LionMail. To get started visit the LionMail login page.

COLUMBIA 101 for Transfer Students (Non-Combined Plan) (6/29)

COLUMBIA 101 events help prepare students for the move to campus and their transition ahead. Transfer students are invited to attend the June 29 COLUMBIA 101 session in New York, which will feature staff specially trained to support their needs.

Disability Services Requests (7/25)

Columbia provides incredible accommodations and support services for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to self-identify any disabilities to Disability Services by July 25 so they may prepare for Orientation week and for the academic year.

Moving to Campus (8/26)

Arrival for transfer, visiting, and combined plan students is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26. Check-in will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All students, whether they live on campus or not, need to check-in to pick up their orientation materials.

Advising for Transfer Students

Contact info for your CSA Advising Dean is found on the Transfer Credit Evaluation received with admissions materials. Schedule a 15-30 minute telephone appointment with your adviser the week before registration, and contact him/her with questions in the meantime.

Advising for Combined Plan Students

Combined Plan students will be contacted by an advising dean during the summer and given information on both a Center for Student Advising group advising session and their initial advising appointment with the major department. Both take place during orientation.

Advising for Visiting Students

Visiting students will be contacted by an advising dean during the summer with information regarding course registration and advising. They will also have the opportunity to speak with an adviser via phone prior to orientation.

Begin the Visa Process NOW if Applicable

International students should contact the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) for Certificates of Eligibility, which are issued as evidence of eligibility for non-immigrant student status in the United States.


Upcoming Events

COLUMBIA 101 Session for Transfer Students

Important Dates

Deadline for Disability Service Requests
Deadline to Certify Meningitis Vaccination Decision
Deadline to Submit Proof of MMR Immunity
Deadline to Upload Photo for University ID Card
Fall Tuition Bill Available on SSOL
Move-in/Orientation Begins
First Day of Fall Semester
Fall Tuition Bill Due
Deadline to Confirm, Upgrade, or Request a Waiver from the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan