Admitted Students

Welcome

Congratulations and welcome to Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS)! We look forward to the contribution you will make in the classroom, to your faculty and cohort, to the SPS community, to your profession, and beyond.

On this site we have included important next steps information so please read carefully and ensure you are completing the steps needed to prepare for the first day of class and a strong start to your studies at Columbia.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your advisor.

Enrollment Next Steps

  • Enrollment Confirmation

  • Begin the Visa Process (International Students Only)

  • Apply for Housing

  • Submit Official Admissions Documents (Provisionally Admitted Students Only)

  • Activate your University ID (UNI) and Email (LionMail) Account

  • Complete Immunization Compliance

  • Complete Pre-Orientation Modules

  • Register for and Attend New Student Orientation

  • Submit Photo to ID Center

  • Complete the Sexual Respect Initiative Requirement

  • Attend Orientation

  • Register for Classes

  • Select Insurance Option

  • Review Your Student Account Statement Online

  • Enrollment Confirmation

    In order to secure a place in the program you must complete the enrollment form within the online application system and submit a $500 tuition deposit. You have 15 days to do so from the date you receive your acceptance.

  • Begin the Visa Process (International Students Only)

    Complete and submit the application for the form I-20 to the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). Please note that this is only required of international students requiring a student (F-1) visa. If you are not a United States citizen or permanent resident, you must be a full-time student at Columbia in order to be eligible for a student (F-1) visa. If you have questions about the visa application process you can email the ISSO at newintlstudent@columbia.edu.

    Fee payment must accompany the online application.

  • Apply for Housing

    The School of Professional Studies partners with Educational Housing Services to provide housing for SPS students. These housing accommodations are off-campus double-occupancy spaces with private bathrooms.

  • Submit Official Admissions Documents (Provisionally Admitted Students Only)

    If you were provisionally admitted, you are required to send official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended to the Office of Enrollment Management prior to beginning your program. Please make sure your transcripts show degree conferral where appropriate. All transcripts submitted are considered property of the School of Professional Studies. They will not be returned to you, transferred, or forwarded to other institutions or other schools at Columbia University. Please do not submit an original copy of an academic transcript that cannot be replaced.

    Students still actively pursuing their bachelor’s degree at the time of admission should wait until their degrees are conferred before sending transcripts to the Office of Enrollment Management.

    All international post-secondary credentials must be submitted in the original language along with both a certified English course-by-course credential evaluation and translation. You are required to use World Education Services, Inc. (WES) to fulfill this requirement. Students who submitted a WES evaluation before completion of their degree are not required to submit a second WES evaluation. In order to fulfill the provisions of your admission, you simply need to submit an updated final transcript showing degree conferral (with a translation, if applicable).

    Official transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institutions certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree where appropriate. All documents should be sent to the following address:

    Office of Enrollment Management
    School of Professional Studies
    203 Lewisohn Hall
    2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
    New York, NY 10027

    If your institution has a process for emailing electronic transcripts (such as services available through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, or National Student Clearinghouse), the registrar’s office may submit it/them to apply@sps.columbia.edu.

  • Activate your University ID (UNI) and Email (LionMail) Account

    Please see the steps below for instructions on activating your UNI and LionMail Account and note that your UNI is created three to five business days after we receive your tuition deposit. You may check the Columbia directory to see if your UNI has been created.

    1. From the Columbia University home page, click "Computing" located on the bottom of the page.

    2. Click "myUNI (Manage ID, password, email, print settings)" located in the center of the web page.

    3. Click "Activate UNI or Email"

    4. Follow the screen instructions to set up your email account.

    Note: If you are unable to find your UNI in the Directory and more than five business days have passed since confirming your enrollment, please follow the instructions for "Can’t find your UNI in the Columbia University Online Directory?"

  • Complete Immunization Compliance

    New York State Law requires that all students document their immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. To do so, you must submit the Columbia University Measles, Mumps, and Rubella form to the Columbia Health Immunization Compliance Office and confirm your Meningococcal Meningitis decision online.

    Read more about immunization requirements.

  • Complete Pre-Orientation Modules

    All SPS students are expected to complete online pre-orientation requirements through Canvas, our premiere learning management system. Canvas modules include: Academic Integrity, Campus Policies and Procedures, Haven - Sexual Assault Prevention Training, University Welcome, Career Competencies, International Student Services, Office of Student Life, Student Success Tips, University Health Services, Public Safety, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and Gender Based Misconduct. Failure to complete the designated required sections will result in a registration hold on your student account which will prevent you from registering for classes. New students will receive an email with details on how to access and complete the tutorials.

  • Register for and Attend New Student Orientation

    To ensure your academic and professional success, all students are expected to attend New Student Orientation. Orientation takes place in the last two weeks of August for students beginning in the fall and in early January for students beginning in the spring. Students will receive an email invitation that includes registration instruction.

  • Submit Photo to ID Center

    To access libraries and secure campus locations, to purchase services at campus cafés and the University bookstore, and to take advantage of cultural discount programs in New York City, you must have a Columbia ID card. Read the instructions on how to submit your photo to the ID Center.

  • Complete the Sexual Respect Initiative Requirement

    The Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative was created by students, faculty, and administrators, and asks students to examine the link between sexual respect and membership in the Columbia community. The goal is to reinforce, for all Columbia students, that sexual respect is integral to being a member of this University community. The initiative takes places during your first semester on campus. You will receive an email with details on how to fulfill this requirement.

  • Attend Orientation

    Again, there will be a required program orientation prior to the start of the program. At orientation you will receive additional information relevant to your new role as a student at Columbia University including details about and instructions for registering for classes.

  • Register for Classes

    Register for classes utilizing the instructions provided at orientation. Review the academic calendar for a comprehensive list of registration dates and other important deadlines.

  • Select Insurance Option

    If you are enrolling full-time (12 credits or more each term), you must confirm your enrollment in the Basic level of the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, upgrade your selection to the Comprehensive level, or request a waiver. If you are enrolling in fewer than 12 credits each term, you may opt into receiving health insurance through Columbia, but are not required to do so.

  • Review Your Student Account Statement Online

    Your E-bill statement will be available through Student Services Online (SSOL). You will receive an alert at your Columbia email address indicating that it is available. Please visit the Student Financial Services website to find out more about financial aid and tuition payment options.