Countdown To Columbia

In This Newsletter

  • Register for COLUMBIA 101
  • Start Checking LionMail (6/19)
  • Begin the Visa Process NOW if Applicable
  • Provide Medical Documentation (8/1)
  • Submit Your CUID Card Photo (8/1)
  • Additional Steps for Students Under 18 (8/1)
  • Disability Services Requests (7/25)
  • Confirm, Upgrade, or Waive Student Insurance (9/12)
  • Moving to Campus
  • What and How to Pack
  • Shipping Items
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

We are excited to have our turn to welcome you to Columbia University!

As a new student, you need to fulfill several requirements prior to your arrival. We have created a website and online checklist to highlight key information and outline important steps to take to ensure you have a smooth transition to Columbia. Meeting the deadlines on this list is essential to avoiding registration delays!

We look forward to seeing you this fall and, in the meantime, wish you a memorable summer.

Sincerely,
Campus Operations

Students at a COLUMBIA 101 event

Roar, Lion, Roar!

Register for COLUMBIA 101

Make sure you know all the steps to take when it comes to campus life, academic advising, and the many support services at Columbia by attending COLUMBIA 101!

We encourage you to register at least one week prior to the event you plan to attend. However, we will be able to accommodate later registrants and walk-ins.

For more information and to access the registration link, click on the city of the session you would like to attend on the website. You do not need to attend the session where you live—stop by any that are convenient!

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News & Announcements

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.

Shipping Items

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!

 

Upcoming Events

Jun
10
COLUMBIA 101 D.C. Metro
Jun
12
COLUMBIA 101 Fort Lauderdale
Jun
14
COLUMBIA 101 Atlanta
Jun
14
COLUMBIA 101 Boston
Jun
19
COLUMBIA 101 Chicago
Jun
20
COLUMBIA 101 Seoul
Jun
21
COLUMBIA 101 New York City
Jun
21
COLUMBIA 101 Houston
Jun
22
COLUMBIA 101 Beijing
Jun
25
COLUMBIA 101 Shanghai
Jun
26
COLUMBIA 101 San Francisco
Jun
27
Columbia University in Taipei
Jun
28
COLUMBIA 101 New York City
Jun
28
COLUMBIA 101 San Diego
Jun
29
COLUMBIA 101 New York City
Jun
29
COLUMBIA 101 Los Angeles
Jul
1
COLUMBIA 101 New York City

Important Dates

Jun
30
Housing Assignment Notification
Jul
25
Deadline to Self-identify with Disability Services
Aug
1
Submit Proof of MMR Immunity (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Certify Meningitis Vaccination Decision (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Submit photo for University ID Card
Aug
8
Deadline to Sign Up Authorized Payer(s)
Aug
12
Fall Tuition Bill Generated
Aug
17
CUE Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
20
COÖP and ISOP Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
24
Move-in Day One
Aug
25
Move-in Day Two
Aug
25
New Student Orientation Program Begins (Through Monday, September 1)
Aug
25
Family Orientation and Convocation
Sep
2
First Day of Fall Semester
Sep
12
Confirm, Upgrade, or Request a Waiver: Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan
Sep
12
Fall Semester Tuition Bill Due

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