Submit Your University ID Card Photo

About the University ID Card

The University ID card is your passport to Columbia. It grants you access to the Libraries and secure campus locations, allows you to purchase services at campus Dining locations and the University bookstore, and enables you to take advantage of cultural discount programs in New York City. Read more about the many University ID card features at the ID Center website.

Obtaining a University ID Card

In order to get your Columbia University ID card, you'll need to submit a photo online. The photo format should be passport-style and meet the following requirements:

  • The photo should be a color, JPEG file.
  • The background should be uniform and light-colored.
  • You must be facing forward, with your head and shoulders clearly visible.
  • No photos with sunglasses or hats will be accepted.
  • The file cannot exceed 100k in size.

When you have a photo that meets the requirements above, make sure you have activated your UNI, then log in to the secure site to submit your photo. You will receive your University ID card when you arrive on campus.

Please note: once you’ve submitted a photo the system will not allow you to resubmit a different photo.


Visit for more information or to send the ID Center a question. You may also email the ID Center at


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.