Campus Safety

The safety and well-being of students, staff and faculty is a priority at Columbia. The Department of Public Safety publishes an annual report that includes crime definitions and statistics, as well as information on the University's Safe Haven program, to keep the community informed of incidents on and around campus. View the report online and visit the Public Safety website to learn about the many available services and resources to keep you and your property safe.

The University's Emergency Management Operations Team also publishes the Preparedness website, where you can learn more about Columbia's planning and preparation for emergency situations. During an emergency the Preparedness site serves as a central source of information for the University.

Emergency Text Messaging

In the event of an urgent situation, the University's Emergency Text Message Notification System is the most convenient and reliable means of getting real-time up-to-date information to you. Some possible scenarios for Columbia choosing to send you a text message include weather emergencies, major transit interruptions and campus closures. Text message notifications will be used only in rare circumstances to notify you of critical information regarding urgent situations.

To sign up:

  • Log in to with your UNI and password
  • Under "Text Message Enrollment," enter your mobile phone number
  • Click "Save"

The University conducts tests of the Text Message Notification System twice a year. Members of the community are notified of the test in advance. These tests will not require you to do anything, and will provide familiarity with the text message notification system in the event that we need to use it for urgent information.


Deadlines Info

30 Days Before Registration

Submit proof of MMR immunity at least 30 days before class registration.*

Certify your meningitis vaccination decision online before class registration.

*If admitted less than 30 days before registration, your ability to register will be on hold until your MMR documentation is received and processed.

2 Weeks Before Your School Orientation

Submit a photo online for your University ID card. You will be able to pick up your card when you arrive on campus.

August 14, 2017 (All day)

First Fall E-Bill statement emailed to students. Includes activity through Summer Term, estimated Fall Term charges and anticipated credits, and a 1.5% late payment charge on unpaid previous balances.

September 15, 2017 (All day)

Payment Due Date for the First Fall E-Bill Statement. Visit the Student Financial Services website for the complete Billing Schedule.

September 30, 2017 - 11:59pm

Confirm insurance selection.

Past Deadlines

April 26, 2017 (All day)

Last day to enroll in the monthly payment plan (Spring term only). Enrollment for the Spring term begins on November 15, 2016.