Newly Admitted Students

AdmissionsNewly Admitted Students

Newly Admitted Students

Welcome, and congratulations!

Applicants who are admitted to the Columbia University Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program 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 in the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program.

Step 1: Complete the Acceptance Reply Form and Send the Deposit

In order to secure a place in the entering class, students must send in the Acceptance Reply Form for Summer or Fall as well as a $500 deposit in the form of a check or money order made payable to Columbia University.

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 Math and Chemistry Placement Exams

Math and Chemistry Placement Exams are required for some students. To determine whether you should take one or both of the placement exams, or to register, visit the Placement Exams site.

Step 3: Register for a Mandatory Postbac Planning Session (PPS) and Tour

The mandatory Postbac Planning Session provides new students with an overview of academic requirements and an introduction to GS policies. An hour and a half prior to the PPS, new students are invited to attend a student-led campus tour.

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

Register for a Postbac Planning Session

Step 4: 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 Postbac website and the University Apartment Housing website.

Step 5: Complete Immunization Documentation

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 6: 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.