Newly 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.
In order to secure a place in the entering class, students must send in the Summer or Fall Acceptance Reply Form as well as a $500 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.
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)
The Academic Planning Session (PPS), part of Postbac 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 PPS, you will be able to meet with your advisor who will register you for classes.
In addition to the PPS, Postbac Planning Day includes a financial aid workshop, a student-led campus tour, and a meet-and-greet with current students.
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. 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 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. You must also complete the meningococcal meningitis certification process.
Read more about immunization requirements.
Step 6: 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 PPS, you will be directed to register for orientation.
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.
- From the Columbia University home page (http://columbia.edu), click "Computing" located on the bottom of the page.
- Click "myUNI (Manage ID, password, email, print settings)” located in the center of the web page.
- Click "Activate UNI or Email"
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?"
- First time LionMail users can log on here for additional information: http://cuit.columbia.edu/lionmail-logging-into-lionmail
- Once you have activated your account you may log on to http://lionmail.columbia.edu
Action 2: Verify Finacial Aid Documents Submission
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.