New Student Checklist

New Student Checklist

  Send in the summer or fall Acceptance Reply form along with your deposit.
  Register for an Academic Planning Session.
  Complete the Health Services immunization requirements.
  Complete the online housing application, if you plan to live in University Apartment Housing.
  Register for Orientation.
  Join Storybook, the online community for newly admitted GS students. If you have not yet received an invitation to Storybook, email

Activate your University ID (UNI) and email (LionMail) account. Please see the steps below for instructions on activating your UNI and note that your UNI will not be created until we receive your tuition deposit; you may check the Columbia directory to see if your UNI has been created.

  1. From the Columbia University home page (, click "Computing" located on the bottom of the page.
  2. Click "myUNI (Manage ID, password, email, print settings)” located in the center of the web page.
  3. Click "Activate UNI or Email"
  4. Follow the screen instructions to set up your email account.

    Note: If you are not able to find your UNI in the Directory, please follow the instructions for "Can't find your UNI in the Columbia University Online Directory?"  

  5. First time LionMail users can log on here for additional information: 
  6. Once you have activated your account you may log on to
  Verify that all of your financial aid documents, including the Planned Enrollment Form, have been received.
  Submit a photo for your Columbia ID. Please note that submitting a photo is optional; you may have also have your picture taken at the ID Center in 204 Kent Hall. Submitting a photo online requires an active UNI.