Newly Admitted Students

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Newly Admitted Students

Welcome, and Congratulations!

Applicants who are admitted to the Columbia University School of General Studies will be sent an official acceptance letter. While some important information will accompany the letter, all required steps necessary to begin enrollment at the School of General Studies can be found on the Admitted Students Portal. General information and instructions can be found below.

Step 1: Acceptance Reply Form

In order to secure a place in the entering class, you must submit the Acceptance Reply Form and a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit. To submit your acceptance reply form and tuition deposit online using a credit or debit card, please log in to your application profile.

If you deferred your offer of admission from a previous semester, you must confirm your attendance for the upcoming semester by submitting the Acceptance Reply Form.

Please note if you are applying for financial aid, you can wait until you receive your financial aid package before submitting your acceptance reply form, while continuing to complete Steps 2 to 5 below.

Step 2: Register for GS Planning Day

The Academic Planning Session (APS), part of GS Planning Day, is a mandatory small-group session led by an academic advisor that provides new students with an overview of academic requirements and an introduction to GS policies. Students are required to attend an APS before they can register for classes or meet with their advisor.

In addition to the APS, GS Planning Day includes a financial aid workshop, a student-led campus tour, and a meet-and-greet with current students.

Register for a GS Planning Day Session

Step 3: Housing Application

If you are interested in obtaining University Housing, you are advised to complete the online housing application as soon as possible.

For more information on housing, consult the GS Housing page and the University Apartment Housing website.

Step 4: Complete Immunization Compliance

New York State Law requires that all students must document their immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella and meningococcal meningitis. New students must provide documentation of these two immunization requirements before they will be allowed to register for classes. To do so, you must submit the Columbia University Measles, Mumps, and Rubella form to the Columbia Health Immunization Compliance Office.

Please Note: It may several weeks for Columbia Health to process your documentation and update your official record. If you would like to check on the status of your immunization documentation, please contact Columbia Health.

You must also complete the meningococcal meningitis certification process

Read more about immunization requirements.

Step 5: Register for Mandatory New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation Program is an opportunity to meet the members of your academic community and familiarize yourself with the resources available to you. Once you have registered for an APS, you will be directed to register for orientation.

Register for Orientation

Additional Steps

After completing the previous steps, please address the three additional actions listed below.

Action 1: Activate your University ID (UNI) and Email (LionMail) Account

Please see the steps below for instructions on activating your UNI and LionMail Account and note that your UNI will not be created until we receive your tuition deposit and acceptance reply form; you may check the Columbia Directory to see if your UNI has been created.

  1. Visit the "Manage My UNI", section of the CUIT website
  2. Click "Activate Your UNI or Email” located in the center of the web page.
  3. 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?"
  4. First-time LionMail users should visit the CUIT website for information about accessing their account.
  5. Once you have activated your account you may log in to LionMail.

Action 2: Verify Financial Aid Documents Submission

Verify that all of your financial aid documents, including the Planned Enrollment Form, have been received.

Action 3: Submit a Photo for your Columbia ID

New students can submit a photo online for your first University ID card.

To submit a photo, first make sure you have activated your UNI, then log into the secure site from theStudent Service Center website to submit your ID photo. New students will receive the University ID Card at Orientation.

Please note that submitting a photo is optional; you may also have your picture taken at the ID Center in 204 Kent Hall.