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 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 summer or 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 taking six or more credits 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 Orientation

This mandatory event on Monday, August 25, 2014 is designed to introduce you to your fellow students and the stimulating intellectual and social environment of Columbia University.

Register for Orientation

New Student Checklist

The New Student Checklist lists additional activities that may help facilitate your transition to Columbia.