Welcome, New Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Columbia University! As a new student, you need to fulfill several requirements prior to your arrival.

This website is a guide to planning for completing your requirements in order to avoid potential penalties and registration delays. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Important Things to Do

  • First, activate your Columbia UNI (your computing account) and then check your University email account.
  • To help you with the following activities, we recommend logging in to the interactive New Student Checklist.


  • Complete the measles, mumps, and rubella immunization documentation and submit it to Columbia Health by mail or fax at least 30 days before registering for classes.
  • Record your meningococcal meningitis vaccination decision online before registering for classes.
  • Choose one of three insurance options: confirm your enrollment in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Gold Plan, upgrade your selection to the Platinum Plan, or request a waiver. Do so online before June 12 (New Summer Trimester Session students only) or before September 30 (New Fall Term students only).

Housing & Dining

  • Purchase optional Dining Dollars or add funds to your Flex through your SSOL account.


Student Financial Services

  • Review your Student Account Statement online. Your first E-Bill statement will be available through Student Services Online (SSOL) beginning Monday, December 14 if you have completed your spring course registration. You will receive an alert at your Columbia email address indicating that it is available. Ensure that your spring payment is received by Friday, January 29 to avoid a late payment charge.

University Policies


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 12, 2016 (All day)

Last day to register a parent or other family member to receive the first Fall term statement.

August 16, 2016 (All day)

First Fall E-Bill statement emailed to students.

September 16, 2016 (All day)

Payment due for the first Fall E-Bill statement.

November 23, 2016 (All day)

Last day to enroll in the monthly payment plan (annual or Fall term only). Enrollment for the Fall term begins on June 1, 2016.