Start Checking LionMail (6/19)
Your University Network ID (UNI) is the first part of your Columbia email address: [UNI]@columbia.edu. "Activate UNI or Email" on the new student website soon because we will begin sending newsletters to only your LionMail address in two weeks!
Begin the Visa Process NOW if Applicable
Contact the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) today for a Certificate of Eligibility, which is issued for an admitted student as evidence of eligibility for non-immigrant student status in the United States.
Provide Medical Documentation (8/1)
Columbia University requires all students to provide documentation of immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) before their ﬁrst term of study. Submit documentation of your immunity to MMR by August 1.
Submit Your CUID Card Photo (8/1)
This ID card grants you access to secure campus locations, allows you to purchase services at campus dining locations and the University bookstore, and enables you to take advantage of cultural discount programs in NYC. Submit your CUID photo by August 1.
Additional Steps for Students Under 18 (8/1)If you will be under 18 years of age on September 1, have your guardian(s) complete an authorization form to be returned with your immunization documentation, due on August 1.
Disability Services Requests (7/25)
Columbia provides incredible Disability Services. 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.
Confirm, Upgrade, or Waive Student Insurance (9/12)
Before September 12, choose one of three insurance options: 1) confirm your automatic enrollment in the Basic level of the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, 2) upgrade your selection to the Comprehensive level, or 3) request a waiver.
Moving to Campus
Upon arrival, Public Safety will direct vehicles to a designated unloading area for the corresponding residence hall. Staff will provide two large cardboard bins on dollies and help with unloading. There will also be free shuttles between campus and Bed Bath & Beyond (times TBD).
What and How to Pack
Pack your belongings in trunks, suitcases, and sealed cartons for an easier move. Bring items with you that you’ll need during the first few weeks of school. Here's a suggested list of what to pack and what to leave behind, plus other tips.
A shippable package = (< 50 pounds) + (combined length and girth < 130 inches) + (will arrive on campus > August 10). Recommendations: Use a reputable shipping agent, insure your packages, and get a tracking number!