For New Columbia College & Columbia Engineering Undergraduates
Congratulations on your acceptance to Columbia University! As a new student, you need to fulfill several requirements prior to your arrival.
This website is a guide to planning and completing your requirements in order to avoid potential penalties and registration delays. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Important Things to Do
Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period
- Submit the required immunization documentation for (1) measles, mumps, rubella and (2) certify your meningitis decision (and upload documentation if meningitis vaccine was received) via the Columbia Health Patient Portal upon admission or at least 30 days before registering for classes.
- Compliance with immunization requirements must be confirmed before the students are permitted to register for classes.
- Students are strongly encouraged to stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccine and receive a seasonal influenza vaccination.
- Open enrollment for new Spring Term students starts December 15, 2023 to February 15, 2024. Confirm your enrollment in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan or request a waiver.
- To ensure adequate processing time, please submit waiver requests by February 1, 2024.
- Submit the Columbia Student Health History Form online no later than two weeks before orientation. Learn more about how information shared in this form helps ensure a smooth transition to campus.
- Students seeking reasonable accommodations or support services are required to register with Disability Services. Learn about eligible conditions (e.g. chronic or temporary physical, learning, medical, or psychological conditions), documentation, services, and important deadlines.
Housing & Dining
- After you receive your Housing assignment, complete your Occupancy Agreement online in the Housing Portal. Your assignment email also will provide your Check-In date and time.
- As a reminder, the University is not responsible for the loss or damage of your belongings. We recommend that you acquire property insurance prior to arriving on campus.
- Familiarize yourself with the Guide to Living. This includes all policies and procedures related to living in the residence halls.
- Review Dining options or purchase Dining Dollars or add funds to Flex through your SSOL account.