Newly Admitted Students

AdmissionsNewly Admitted Students

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.

Acceptance Reply Form | GS Planning Day | Housing Application
Immunization Compliance | New Student Orientation | Additional Steps

Step 1: Submit Acceptance Reply Form and Deposit

In order to secure a place in the entering class, students 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 academic 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 Columbia Residential website.

Step 4: Complete Immunization Documentation

New York State Law requires that all students 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. Visit the Columbia Health website for more information.

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.

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 be generated by the system 2-3 days after your tuition deposit and acceptance reply form have been processed. To confirm whether your acceptance reply form has been processed and to access your UNI, please check the Admitted Students portal.

  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: Your UNI will not be listed in the Columbia Directory until you have registered for classes.
  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

To submit a photo, first make sure you have activated your UNI, then login to the secure site from the Student Service Center website to submit your ID photo. New students will receive their 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.