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.


  • Complete the measles, mumps, and rubella immunization documentation and certify your meningococcal meningitis vaccination decision online at least 30 days before registering for classes via secure upload, mail or in-person. 
    • In light of the continuing pandemic and the coming flu season, flu vaccines are mandatory for students who are on campus (living in Columbia housing or off-campus) in the 2020-2021 academic year. Columbia Health will be providing no-cost* flu vaccination opportunities at the start of fall term. 
  • Confirm your enrollment in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan or request a waiver (domestic students only). 
    • Open enrollment for new Fall Term students begins July 15 and ends September 30, 2020.
      • Domestic Students – Make your insurance enrollment confirmation in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan or request a waiver. Do so online by the stated deadline.
      • International Students – 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 (visit our website for possible exceptions). Confirm your enrollment in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan by the deadline provided.
  • 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.
  • Submit a Minor Authorization Form (if applicable) to Columbia Health.

*Vaccines are at no cost when provided by Columbia Health. Columbia will not reimburse students that receive vaccines elsewhere.

Housing & Dining

  • After you receive your Housing assignment, complete your Occupancy Assignment online in the Housing Portal prior to Check-In.
  • 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. 
  • You will receive an email closer to Check-In with a link to Housing's Guide to Living. This includes all policies and procedures related to living in our residence halls. Please make sure that you are familiar with these policies.
  • Review Dining options or purchase Dining Dollars or add funds to Flex through your SSOL account.


Student Financial Services

  • Review your Student Account Statement using Student Services Online (SSOL).
  • The first Fall 2020 billing statement will be emailed to you on August 10, 2020. The payment deadline is September 18, 2020.
  • Visit the Student Financial Services website for the complete Billing schedule.

University Policies