For new students joining Columbia Engineering, The Office of Graduate Student Affairs has organized a comprehensive orientation program and a checklist to support you. 

Graduate Student Welcome Days

The Office of Graduate Student Affairs has a main Welcome Day every year to introduce students to campus. We then host several different orientation activities in the days leading up to the first day of class. Please note that arrival to NYC before or on Welcome Day is mandatory. Your department will also have their own Orientation in this period between Welcome Day and the first day of classes, and all Master of Science students are required to participate in Professional Development and Leadership modules during this time as well.

The Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC)

EGSC is the student governing body of the graduate students at Columbia Engineering. Participation in EGSC through its various committees, student organizations, and executive board positions is highly encouraged.

Office of University Life

The Office of University Life (OUL) is the hub of University-wide information and initiatives. Connect with your peers across the Columbia Community by utilizing OUL.

Health Resources

Columbia has a robust variety of health resources available on campus. Visit their website to learn more information on Insurance Requirements, Counseling Services, Disability Services, as well as many other resources. 

Dodge Fitness Center

All Columbia who pay Unviersity Facility, Student Life or College Fees in their tuition bill are automatically members of the Dodge Fitness Center. Visit their website to learn more about the membership benefits that are available to you.

The orientation program and new student checklist will be invaluable and will include information on campus life, academics, and other pertinent topics. If there is any additional information that I or the Graduate Student Affairs team can provide, please feel free to contact us at (212) 854-6438 or visit our office located in 530 Mudd Building. The Office of Graduate Student Affairs looks forward to seeing you on campus.

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Activate Your Computing Account (Columbia UNI)

Learn how to activate your UNI. Once you have activated your UNI, check your University email account - stay up to date with deadlines and events by adding our calendar to your LionMail account. Clicking the (+) button on the bottom right will sync our Calendar with your LionMail!

The UNI and the password gives you access to both your Columbia email and Student Services Online (SSOL). The SSOL account gives you access to online course registration, student billing, and much more. Please ensure that we have your updated contact information in SSOL at all times.

Register for Columbia Engineering Grad Welcome Day

Welcome Day Orientation for incoming Spring 2019 students will take place on January 19, 2018. Please arrive in New York no later than January 18 in order to attend this orientation.

The Professional Development and Leadership (PDL) Bootcamp is required for all students. If you are unable to attend the PDL events, please contact

Complete Verification (MS Students Only)

All incoming MS students* must participate in the final verification process, in which we review and verify all academic, professional, and reference information provided during the application process. In order to satisfy this requirement, students must submit the Authorization and Release Form that has been sent to them by email, and complete the survey assigned to them in Canvas. Questions about this step can be sent to

*MS Express students are exempt from this requirement.

Submit Final Transcripts

Ensure that certified and secure online official transcripts are submitted directly to Columbia from your prior academic institution(s)’ Registrar Office to by the deadline of March 15, 2019; among these must be a transcript indicating conferral of a Bachelor’s degree.

Emailed, faxed, unofficial copies, non-sealed, and scanned PDFs of transcripts will not be accepted. Transcripts can not be delivered in-person.

If a prior academic institution is unable to submit certified and secure online official transcripts, an official transcript in a sealed envelope may be mailed directly from that institution’s Registrar Office to Columbia to:

Admissions Assistant
Office of Graduate Student Affairs
Columbia Engineering
500 W. 120th Street
Suite 530, MC 4708
New York, NY 10027

Submission Deadlines
Spring 2019 Enrollment:
March 15, 2019

​An academic hold will be placed on your student account if you do not submit your transcripts by the deadline. This will prevent you from registering for the next semester.

FAQ Regarding Transcripts:

We have put together the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you do not see the answer to your question here, please e-mail

Can I drop off my transcripts to the Office of Graduate Student Affairs?

No, transcripts may not be delivered in-person. Please have them sent electronically or mailed by your institution.

What are the requirements for transcripts?

Transcripts must be validated and sealed in a university envelope.
Transcripts must have a DEGREE CONFERRAL DATE.
Translated transcripts must be sealed by the translation services in an official envelope and include contact information for the service provider.
Your official final transcripts (validated and sealed in a university envelope) and the translated version (sealed in an official envelope by the translation service) must be sent electronically or mailed directly by the issuing institution.  

What is a degree conferral date?

The degree conferral date is the date of when your degree was granted.
The degree conferral date must be clearly marked (ex: "June 20th , 2014" or "20, June 2014."
"Completed Bachelors" or "Successfully passed final exams" ARE NOT considered a degree conferral.

What if my transcripts do not have a degree conferral date?

If your transcripts do not have a degree conferral date, you may submit a separate official degree statement or copy of your original diploma; either document must be validated and sealed in an envelope by authorized person(s) at your institution (i.e. Deputy Registrar).

My institution does not send electronic transcripts, where should the institution mail the transcripts to? 

Attn: Admissions Assistant
Office of Graduate Student Affairs

Columbia Engineering
500 W. 120th Street
Suite 530, MC 4708
New York, NY 10027


How do I know if my transcripts have been received?

You will receive an email confirming when your final transcripts are processed. If you have sent final transcripts but have not received confirmation, please contact

Submit Final Official Standardized Test Score

Submission Deadline
Fall 2018 enrollment: October 5, 2018.
Spring 2019 enrollment: March 15, 2019

Send official GRE scores to our institutional code 2111. Scores submitted with your initial application are sufficient.

For International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores enter your TRF number on the application and provide the test center with the school name and address:

Attn: Admissions Assistant
Office of Graduate Student Affairs

Columbia Engineering
500 W. 120th Street
Suite 530, MC 4708
New York, NY 10027

Submit Measles, Mumps, Rubella Immunization

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

Students MUST record their meningococcal meningitis vaccination decision online before registering for classes.

Immunization documentation may be submitted to the Columbia Health Immunization Compliance Office:

In person:

3rd Floor of John Jay Hall, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

By mail:

John Jay Hall, 3rd Floor
519 West 114th Street, MC 3601
New York, NY 10027

To confirm if your records have been received, contact Columbia Health at (212) 854-7210 or

You can contact the Insurance Office by email at or by phone at (212) 854-3286.

If you have completed your first MMR vaccine and are waiting to receive a second, Columbia Health will lift the hold on your registration for 28 days (the required period between doses).


For more information on immunizations and vaccine policies, visit the Columbia Health site.

Upload Photo for CU ID Card

All new incoming students must request a CU ID by submitting their photo online. Please make sure to read the directions on the ID Center's website.

IDs must be picked up during your Department Orientation. The ID Center will not have your ID.

All CU IDs must have an "EP sticker" indicating that they are enrolled in a Graduate Engineering Program. If your ID is missing an EP sticker, please request one at the front desk of the Office of Graduate Student Affairs, located in Room 530 of the Mudd Building. If you have an ID already, you do not need to get a new one unless your current ID has expired.

Registering for Courses

Spring semester classes begin on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.  Class schedules are available online through the University registrar, Student Services Online (SSOL), or students’ academic departments. Course information is available in the Online Directory of Classes.

Registration Guidelines

Students should report to their respective academic departments to review their course selection with a faculty adviser prior to registration.
Course registration details will be communicated to you by your Department Administrators.

Your advising appointment times will be available on SSOL two weeks prior to your group's registration period. Other registration policies and procedures, including registration dates are available here.

Course Add/Drop Deadlines FOR ALL STUDENTS

  • The last day to add or drop a course with tuition refund is February 1, 2019. Students are responsible for paying full tuition for any courses dropped after this date, even if their intent is to just swap a class.
  • The last day to drop a course without ACADEMIC penalty is March 28, 2019.
  • The last Day to change your grade to Pass/Fail is March 28, 2019.

Withdrawing After Registration

If you are registered for courses and have decided to no longer attend Columbia Engineering you must complete this form and select "Withdrawal".  Make sure to contact your department and the Office of Graduate Student Affairs about your decision.

Enroll in Health Insurance

All Full-Time students must have health insurance. If you have your own health insurance and would like to continue using it, you may waive the Columbia University health insurance enrollment.

To sign-up for health insurance, please visit this website. For health insurance prices, please refer to this website.

International students: To ensure that students have comparable insurance coverage, all registered full-time international students are enrolled by default in the Gold level of the Plan offered by the University. A charge for the Gold level of the Columbia Plan as well as the Columbia Health fee will appear on the first student bill. Find addtional information for International Students on the Columbia Health website.

Open Enrollment for the Spring semester begins December 15, 2018.
DEADLINE to Enroll: February 15, 2019.
IMPORTANT:  Students who have taken no action by the deadline will be automatically enrolled into the Gold level of the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.

Complete Required Columbia Engineering Orientation & OUL Tutorials

Columbia Engineering  Orientation Tutorials
New students are automatically enrolled in three modules on CANVAS, also known as Courseworks2.
Fall Deadline: October 8, 2018.
Spring Deadline: March 15th, 2019

Office of University Life Pre-Arrival Tutorials
Tutorial 1: Welcome to Columbia
Tutorial 2: Sexual Assault Preventation

Deadline for Tutorial 1 and 2:  January 22. 2019

Students who do not complete both tutorials by the respective deadlines will have a registration hold.

For questions regarding Academic Integrity programming and policies, please contact


For your records, please see below for the Graduate Students of Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science Code of Honor.

​We, the graduate students of Columbia Engineering, hereby pledge that it is our responsibility to uphold intellectual honesty, mutual, and self-respect in the academic community.

As a graduate student of Columbia Engineering, I am accountable for any actions that do not instill intellectual honor, privilege, and freedom to learn, teach, and serve the world with my knowledge.

​I affirm that I will not plagiarize, use unauthorized materials, or give or receive illegitimate help on assignments, papers, or examinations. I will uphold equity and honesty in the evaluation of my work and the work of others. I do so to sustain a community built around this Code of Honor.

Report Outside Scholarships & External Payments

Students attending Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science are required to notify the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing of outside funding that they will receive. If you are receiving outside scholarship(s) other than loans, please complete the Outside Scholarship and External Payment form.

Additional Items for International Students

Complete Your Visa Application

International students need to complete the necessary application for student visas.  For more information, please refer to International Students and Scholars website.

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) website assists with online submission of your application for Certificate of Eligibility.

  • A Certificate of Eligibility is a document issued by the ISSO for an admitted student that is evidence of your eligibility for a non-immigrant student status in the United States.
  • New students who will study in F-1 Student status receive an I-20 form. International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for an F-1 entry visa at a U.S. Consulate or a change of status if already in the U.S.
  • In the case you are asked to submit additional information regarding your graduate program of study in your visa application process, please refer to the CU Engineering Bulletin and your specific Department's website.
  • Visit the International Students and Scholars Office's website for details about eligibility, restrictions, and the online application.
  • For questions related to the visa application process or the status of your I-20, please email

Watch Immigration Essentials Webinar

Complete Online Check-In Form

Complete Additional Registration Requirements

  • All registered full-time international students are enrolled in the Gold Level of the Columbia Health Insurance Plan offered by the University by default. Two charges for the selected Insurance Plan and the Columbia Health fee will appear on your first student bill. More information is available on the Columbia Health Website.
  • International students on F-1 or J-1 visas must maintain full-time registration (12 credits) per semester. Full time registration does not include American Language Program credits.
  • International students may only take less than 12 credits in their last semester of study.
  • Please review the guidelines from the International Students and Scholars Office on maintaining your status.

English Language Proficiency

  • Language proficiency is the responsibility of the student. Regardless of previous TOEFL/IELTS test scores, students should continue to work on maintaining adequate verbal and/or written abilities for successful integration within their classes and future professional endeavors.
  • As a rule, ISSO will not permit students to drop courses or fall below full-time registration (12 credits per semester) due to language deficiencies.
  • Several English improvement resources are available on and off campus. Please note that any credits earned for English improvement programs do not count towards engineering program requirements.