For New General Studies, Graduate, Visiting/Transfer, Postbacc & Certificate Students

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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 to the interactive New Student Checklist.


  • Complete the required immunization documentation for measles, mumps, rubella and meningitis decision at least 30 days before registering for classes and COVID-19 documentation by August 2 via secure upload on the Columbia Health Patient Portal, email, mail, or in-person. 
    • Documentation of seasonal influenza immunization is required for Fall term students* to register for Spring courses; new Spring term students must submit documentation before they can register for their first term.
  • Confirm your enrollment in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan or request a waiver (domestic students) or exception (international students) by September 16, 2021. Open enrollment for Fall Term students starts July 15 to September 30, 2021.
    • 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 or submit an exception request by September 16, 2021.
  • 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 ServicesLearn 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.

*Columbia Health will be providing no-cost influenza vaccinations during the Fall term. Columbia will not reimburse students that receive vaccines elsewhere.


  • Review Dining options if you want to select a Plan, 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.

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