Plan Your Arrival

A great part of your experience as a first-year student at Columbia University is learning to be open to new situations and experiences. Your first room, roommate, and residence hall in college will definitely be experiences that you will never forget.

You will receive an email from Columbia Housing on Monday, June 30, with your housing assignment, roommate information (if applicable), mailbox assignment, and confirmation of your Dining Plan. If you don’t receive this email, or haven’t signed your Occupancy Agreement online, please email Detailed information about Columbia Housing and the residence halls is available at

Exchange and transfer students will receive their Housing assignments by late August.

In the meantime, here are some useful tools to help you make the necessary arrangements for your arrival on campus to ensure that your move-in experience is as stress-free as possible:


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.

Past Deadlines

June 3, 2016 - 11:59pm

Final reminder to First-Years to complete Housing application.

June 30, 2016 - 5:00pm

First-Year Housing Assignments Are Released

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.

August 21, 2016 - 10:00am

Pre-Orientation Check-In for Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) participants

August 24, 2016 - 10:00am

Pre-Orientation Check-In for Columbia University Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP) participants

August 25, 2016 - 10:00am

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) starts

August 27, 2016 - 5:00pm

Exchange and Transfer Assignments Will Be Released in Late August Prior to Check-In

August 28, 2016 - 8:00am

First-Year Check-In (Please note that your Check-In date depends on your state.)

August 28, 2016 - 9:00am

Exchange Students Check-In