For New Columbia College & Columbia Engineering Undergraduates

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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

  • First, activate your Columbia UNI (your computing account) and then check your University email account.
  • To help you with the following activities, we recommend logging in with your UNI and password to the interactive New Student Checklist.
  • Sign in to the Countdown to Columbia website to view your move-in date and a customized checklist of  your deadlines to help you track all you'll need to do before your arrival. Check the site regularly for new content and announcements.

Health

  • Submit the Columbia Student Health History Form online before your arrival on campus. Learn more about how information shared in this form helps ensure a smooth transition to campus.
  • Complete the measles, mumps, and rubella immunization documentation and submit it to Columbia Health by mail or fax at least 30 days before registering for classes.
  • Record your meningococcal meningitis vaccination decision online before registering for classes.
  • Submit a Minor Authorization Form (if applicable) to Columbia Health.
  • Health Insurance:
    • Open enrollment for new Fall Term students begins in the Summer 2019. Stay tuned for dates.
    • Domestic Students – Make your insurance enrollment confirmation in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan or request a waiver. Do so online by the deadline provided.
    • International Students – Navigating the U.S. healthcare system can be complex. To help ensure that international students have access to the highest quality of care on- and off-campus, Columbia University requires all international students to enroll in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan. Confirm your enrollment in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan by the deadline provided.

Housing & Dining

First-Year Students

  • After you receive your Housing assignment, complete your Occupancy Assignment online in the Housing Portal prior to Check-In.
  • Review Dining options or purchase Dining Dollars or add funds to Flex through your SSOL account.

Visiting or Transfer Students

  • After you receive your Housing assignment, complete your Occupancy Assignment online in the Housing Portal prior to Check-In.
  • Review Dining options if you want to select a Plan, or purchase Dining Dollars or add funds to Flex through your SSOL account.

Registrar

Student Financial Services

  • Review your Student Account Statement using Student Services Online (SSOL).
  • The first Spring 2019 billing statement will be emailed to you on December 17, 2018. The payment deadline is February 1, 2019.
  • Visit the Student Financial Services website for the complete Billing schedule.

University Policies