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

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.

Helpful Videos- Intro to SSOL, Paying Your Bill, & More

The Student Service Center has put together several videos on navigating Columbia's services- including SSOL, Vergil, and Financial Aid. Please watch & learn more!

Health Resources

Columbia has a robust variety of health resources available on campus. 

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. 

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 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.

Columbia University in the City of New York: "A Doubled Magic"

Welcome Day Livestream

We're so excited to welcome you to Columbia! Welcome Day will be streaming live at the following link on August 22nd, 10 AM Eastern time:

If you have any teachnical issues, please email and a member of our team will reach out to you on the morning of the 22nd.

Academic Calendar for 2020-2021

Columbia University’s academic calendar for 2020-2021 has been adjusted as a result of the impact of the pandemic experienced globally in 2020. Below is the calendar for the year. All Master’s students will have the option to enter and enroll at Columbia Engineering at any of the three entry points below.

Fall A        September 8 - October 23
Fall B        October 26 - December 22
Spring        January 11 - April 23
Summer A    May 3 - June 14

New Student Checklist

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

Engineering Welcome Day/ Orientation for incoming Fall 2020 students will take place in mid-August. Arrival date is TBD  as many programs have their Program Kick-Off scheduled that day and you will want to give yourself time to acclimate to New York City. Invitations will be sent to your LionMail account, so please be sure to activate your UNI as soon as you can.


Each Program or Department has a mandatory kick-off/orientation that is separate from Engineering Welcome Day. Please mark your calendars accordingly.


Prepare for Professional Development and Leadership- ENGI E4000 (MS Only)

The Professional Development and Leadership (PDL) program empowers and educates Columbia engineers to maximize performance and achieve their full potential to become engineering leaders of today and tomorrow. PDL’s core modules provide engineers with skills and perspectives needed to succeed in a fast-changing technical climate. The program consists of an array of engagements, online and in-person (i.e. courses, workshops, labs, competitions), where students develop professionally.

ENGIE4000 (Professional Development and Leadership) is required for all Master of Science students. Your Professional Development and Leadership (PDL) class will begin this summer. Additional information, including a schedule, will be shared with you soon. Any questions regarding the program should be sent to

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 complete the Canvas Verification Course. Instructions on how to do so will be sent out in August. Questions about this step can be sent to

*MS Express students are exempt from this requirement. CS Bridge students must participate in the verification process.

Submit Final Transcripts

Fall students: 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 October 15, 2020; among these must be a transcript indicating conferral of a Bachelor’s degree.

​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.

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


How do I submit my Official Transcripts?

Admitted students who plan to enroll must submit official transcripts to Columbia Engineering. Certified and secure online official transcripts must be submitted directly to Columbia from your prior academic institution(s)’ Registrar Office to; among these must be a transcript indicating conferral of a Bachelor’s degree. The policy for submitting official transcripts is as follows:

1) All students who have attended a college or university in the United States must submit electronic transcripts directly from their school to

If a school does not offer electronic delivery, applicants must write to to provide us with the link to their institution's webpage concerning transcript orders.  Applicants may also be asked to provide additional documentation to confirm the school cannot send transcripts electronically. After verifying that your institution does not provide an electronic option, we will then authorize a hardcopy submission mailed directly to us by the Registrar of your university in a sealed envelope.

 2) All students attending Chinese institutions will be required to contact CHESICC to arrange submission of a “Verification Report of China Higher Education Student's Academic Transcript” AND a “Verification Report of China Higher Education Qualification Certificate” (for those earning a degree in China) to Columbia at

 3) All other students who have attended an international university must submit an electronic transcript if their school offers secure online delivery to

If the school cannot send transcripts electronically via a secure, password-protected system, applicants must order a Course-by-Course Evaluation and International Credential Advantage Package to be sent electronically to from World Education Services (WES).


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

No, transcripts may not be delivered in-person. Please review the instructions above for submitting official transcripts. 

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).

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

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

Submit Final Official Standardized Test Scores

Submission Deadline
Spring 2020 enrollment: Upon admission
Fall 2020 enrollment: Upon admission

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:

Preferred Methods

  • Online: Secure digital upload via the Patient Portal (Instructions)
  • In Person: Immunization Compliance Office, John Jay Hall, 3rd Floor, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Mail: Immunization Compliance Office, John Jay Hall 3rd Floor, MC 3601, 519 W. 114th St., New York, NY 10027

Alternate Methods

  • Fax: 212-854-5078
  • Email: with the subject line Immunization Compliance Records - [Your Academic School/College] (Please note that communications sent via email over the Internet are not necessarily secure.  Columbia University cannot guarantee that the information and records submitted via unencrypted email will not be intercepted and read by other parties besides the University.)

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

Fall semester classes begin on September 8th, 2020.  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 (Fall 2020 Semester)

  • Friday, September 18: End of Change of Program period. Last day to add full Fall courses. Last day to drop full Fall and Fall A courses for a refund.
  • Thursday, October 8: Last day to choose Pass/Fail for Fall A courses. Deadline to withdraw from a Fall A course without refund.
  • Monday, October 12 - Friday, October 16: Fall B course registration for first-year SEAS graduate students only.
  • Monday, November 9: Last day to drop Fall B courses with refund.
  • Thursday, November 19: Last day to drop full Fall or Fall B course without refund. Last day to change a full Fall course or Fall B course to a Pass/Fail course.

Any questions related to academics can always be sent to

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 90 level of the Plan offered by the University. A charge for the 90 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, 2019.
DEADLINE to Enroll: February 15, 2020.
IMPORTANT:  Students who have taken no action by the deadline will be automatically enrolled into the 90 level of the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.


Open Enrollment for the Fall semester TBD.


Complete Required Columbia Engineering Orientation & OUL Tutorials

Columbia Engineering  Orientation Tutorials
Over the summer, new students are automatically enrolled in three modules on CANVAS, also known as Courseworks2. You will receive an email when these tutorials are activated. The modules are in a course titled "SEAS Mandatory Orientation Tutorials"

Spring Deadline: March 17th
Fall Deadline: October 15th

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

Spring deadline for Tutorial 1 and 2: First day of classes
Fall deadline: First day of classes

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

For questions related to the OUL Pre-Arrival Tutorials (Welcome to Columbia and Sexual Assault Prevention), please contact
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 Student Financial Planning to report any outside funding

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.