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 packet. The packet contains important, time-sensitive information about institutional and federal financial aid, housing, and the steps necessary to begin enrollment at the School of General Studies.

Step 1: Acceptance Reply Form

In order to secure a place in the entering class, you must send in the Acceptance Reply Form for fall and a $500 deposit.

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.

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. Once you attend an APS, you will be able to meet with your advisor who will register you for classes.

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 (login information is included in your acceptance packet).

For more information on housing, consult the housing section of the GS website 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. To do so, you must submit the Columbia University Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Form to the Columbia Health Immunization Compliance Office.

Read more about immunization requirements.

Step 5: Register for Mandatory New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation Program occuring from Monday, August 31 through Monday, September 7, 2015 is an opportunity to meet the members of your academic community and familiarize yourself with the resources available to you. Mandatory Orientation Programs will occur on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1. 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 you are registered for courses; 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.

     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

Action 2: Verify Finacial 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

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