Newly admitted and continuing auditors will be notified when the available courses are posted for the upcoming term and will receive detailed instructions regarding registration procedures at that time. Students registering after the designated registration period will be charged the University-wide late registration fee. The Directory of Classes lists the available courses and includes class time and location as well as the class call number needed at the time of registration. You can search for auditing courses by clicking “A” in the “Course Listings by Department” box and scrolling down to where the Auditing Department is listed.

In order to register, admitted students must first activate their Columbia University email.

Activate Your Columbia Email

In order to register online and to access Columbia’s secure online applications, including Student Services Online (SSOL), CourseWorks, and online library resources, all students must activate a Columbia email account. Once you activate your Columbia email you are responsible for checking it regularly. Columbia and the School of Professional Studies use email as an official means of communication with students. Many important University communications, including notification of the Student Account Statement availability, are via email only. You are responsible for all official University communications sent to your Columbia email address.

In order to create a Columbia email account you will need a University Network ID (UNI). Here’s how to locate your UNI:

  1. Go to
  2. Type in your name in the “Forgot UNI? (lookup Your UNI by name)” yellow search box and then click “search”
  3. Your name will appear on the screen along with a Columbia email account – the letters and numbers that precede “” make up your UNI

Once you have your UNI, go to, click on the “Activate UNI or Email” link and follow the simple instructions for activating your Columbia email account.

Obtain a Columbia ID Card

The University ID card grants you access to the libraries and secure campus locations, allows you to purchase services at campus cafes 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 on the ID Center website.

There are two ways to get your Columbia University ID card:

  1. In person in the ID center in 204 Kent Hall once you are registered for classes
  2. 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
    • No photos with sunglasses or hats will be accepted
    • You must be facing forward, with your head and shoulders clearly visible
    • The file cannot exceed 100k in size

To submit a photo, first make sure you have activated your UNI, then log into the secure site ( to submit your ID photo. Once the ID Center notifies you that your photo has been accepted, you can pick up your ID card from the ID Center:

Location: 204 Kent Hall
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday;
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday
Phone: (212) 854-5883

Submit Your Immunization Documentation

Students must provide the Columbia Health Immunization Compliance Office with documentation of their decision on meningococcal meningitis vaccination and documentation of their immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Students must submit immunization documentation to obtain permission to register for classes.

Payment Procedures

Registration is not complete until all tuition and fees have been paid or an agreement has been reached about schedule of billing and payment. Columbia electronically bills students in the School of Professional Studies for tuition, fees, and other charges at the beginning of each term

When your Student Account Statement is generated, an email notification is sent directly to your Columbia University email account. Individuals authorized to view your Statements (“authorized payers”) are also notified through email that a new Statement is ready to view and/or pay online. No paper bills will be mailed by the University.

Your Student Account Statement will be available via the University’s E-Billing system. You may pay your bill online, by mail, by wire, or in-person.

  • To pay online by debit from a U.S. bank account, log into the E-Billing system and select "Make Payment"
  • To pay by online check, by mail, or by wire, click here for instructions
  • To pay in-person with check, cash, or traveler’s checks, visit 210 Kent Hall on the Morningside Campus or 1-127 Black Building at the Medical Center

Through the E-Billing system, students may also designate another party as an authorized payer. This eliminates the need to forward balance information to anyone assisting in paying for your education. To authorize a payer, log into the E-Billing system and select "Authorize Payers."

Payment for charges must be received by the provided deadline. A late payment charge will be assessed to any account that is not paid in full.

Read more about the E-Billing system, tuition, fees and payment options on the Student Service Center website.

If you have additional questions regarding payment, please contact the Student Service Center.

Student Service Center
205 Kent Hall
1140 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail Code 9202
New York, NY 10027

Withdrawal & Tuition Refund

Students are charged and responsible for tuition and fees unless they officially drop the course within the second week of classes. Tuition for courses dropped by the last day of the late registration/change-of-program period is refunded in full.

No refund is given to auditors after the second week of classes.

A $75.00 withdrawal fee is assessed whenever a student drops all of the courses for which he or she is registered, even if the student drops course(s) during the late registration/change-of-program period.

Fees such as the University facilities fee are not refundable after the end of the change-of-program period. The document fee and late registration fee are never refunded.

Note: As with all fees, the withdrawal fee is not included in the tuition exemption benefits of Columbia University.