New Students Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance to Columbia University School of the Arts! To help you get started with next steps, we’ve created the below guide to help you along the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out to soastudentaffairs@columbia.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Activate Your UNI & Columbia Email

 

Once your deposit has been processed by the School of the Arts Admissions Office, you should be able to set up and activate your UNI. To activate your UNI, proceed to the following website: http://cuit.columbia.edu/cuit/manage-my-uni. Click  “Activate UNI or email.” On the next two pages, accept the “Computer Network and Use” policy and the policy outlining “Your Responsibility on the Columbia Network.” You will then be directed to a page asking that you enter your UNI. On this page, click next to “Don’t know your UNI” to begin the UNI activation process; then follow the instructions from there. Once your UNI is activated, you will be able to use your Columbia email. You should begin checking your Columbia email immediately and on a regular basis, as this is the School’s official means of communication with all students.

 

 

ID Cards

 

If you are new to Columbia you must submit a photo for your first Columbia University ID card. Details can be found here. Columbia ID cards will be distributed at the School-wide orientation, and not earlier. Emergency contact information must be entered in your Student Services Online (SSOL) account in order to receive your ID (details below).

 

 

Emergency Contact

 

Finally, it is urgent that each student provide an emergency contact for our database. You can update your emergency contact information in your Student Services Online (SSOL) account once the account is activated. Your emergency contact can be whoever you want the School of the Arts to reach out to  in the case of an emergency.

 

 

Immunization Requirements

 

You will not be allowed to register for or attend classes until you provide documentation that you have received New York State’s required immunizations. Please be sure to provide your immunization documentation as early as possible to avoid a last minute rush. For more information, click here. For questions or concerns regarding your immunization documentation, call 212-854-7210 or email immunizationcompliance@columbia.edu

 

 

Apply for Housing

 

If you are considering Columbia housing, we recommend you apply as soon as possible, even if you’re not sure you’ll need it. For the signup code, please contact soastudentaffairs@columbia.edu.

 

 

Apply for Visa

 

Apply for your I-20 student visa as soon as possible. Additionally, all incoming International Students should visit the ISSO website as soon as possible and review their Getting Started section.

 

 

Pre-Arrival Tutorial
 

The Office of University Life requires all incoming students to complete two online tutorials: Welcome to Columbia and Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students/Undergraduates Part 1. As a reminder, you must complete both tutorials before arriving on campus.

These tutorials are an important foundation to your membership in the University community. The first is Welcome to Columbia, which covers many resources available at Columbia as well as policies on important topics including community citizenship and health and wellness. The second tutorial, called Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students/Undergraduates Part 1, focuses on one of our core community values - sexual respect - and shares essential information about Columbia’s gender-based misconduct prevention and response.  Please note you only have to complete Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students/Undergraduates Part 1.

You can access these tutorials by clicking on the University Life website here.

If you have any questions about the tutorials or require any assistance, please see the FAQ section on the University Life website and reach out to preorientation@columbia.edu.
 
 

Protection of Minors Training 

 

Because so many School of the Arts students may work with minors at some point during their time at the school, we are requiring all students to take the online protection of minors training before orientation. This information will be sent to your Columbia email address in August. For more information, visit the University’s Protection of Minors at Columbia information page. You must complete this approximately 30 minute online training in order to receive your Columbia University ID card at the August 27 Orientation.
 
 

Disability Self-Identification

 

If you have a disability that may require accommodation, please contact Disability Services, (212) 854-2388 (Voice/ TTY), fax (212) 854-3448, or email disability@columbia.edu as early as possible.

 

For a Disability Access Map: http:// www.columbia.edu/files/columbia/content/ accessibilitymap2014.pdf

 

 

Financing

 

U.S. citizens and permanent residents: If you wish to be considered for federal loans and work study, file a FAFSA, if you have not done so already; please note that there are separate financing guidelines for international students.

 

All applicants must file the School of the Arts Financial Aid Application to be considered for institutional scholarships.

 

 

Stay in Touch

 

Be sure to check your email for information, including important pre-arrival requirements, from the Student Affairs. Please notify Student Affairs at (212) 851-0248 or at soastudentaffairs@columbia.edu if your email and/or mailing address change.