Newly Admitted Students

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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 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)

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.

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 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, January 11 and Tuesday, January 12, 2016 is designed to introduce you to your fellow students and the stimulating intellectual and social environment of Columbia University.

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.
    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?"
  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.