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Registration Dates & Procedures

Entry of desired courses in the application form does not register admitted students for those courses. All admitted students must register for their desired courses after receiving their admissions letter, following the steps below.

  1. Submit Health Immunization Requirements. Visit the Health Services Page for details here. You may submit immunization documentation from another College, University, or New York State High School to meet these requirements. You will not be able to register for classes until your immunization requirements have been received, it will take about 48 hours for the Health Services Office to process your documentation.

  2. Activate your Columbia UNI. Three to five business days after receiving your admissions letter, you can activate your Columbia UNI here.

  3. Log on to your LionMail account using your UNI and password to ensure it is functioning properly. All University communications including bills will be sent to your LionMail account.

  4. Register for classes using Student Services Online; for detailed instructions, please refer to the Registration Instructions. Registration for all summer classes will begin on February 27th. You can review registration deadlines for each session at the link below. Please note that registration is not available on weekends or holidays.

Important note for international students
In order to be eligible for a student (F-1) visa, students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must maintain full-time status by registering for at least 6 points of credit-bearing courses in any of the six-week sessions.

See registration deadlines.

 

Regular Registration

Late Registration

Session 1 (D) Feb. 27–May 22 May 23–May 26
Session 2 (Q) Feb. 27–Jul. 3 Jul. 5–Jul. 10
12- Week Session (X) Feb. 27–May 22 May 23–May 26
Special Sessions for Arabic, Biological Science, Hindi-Urdu, & Russian courses
C Feb. 27–May 22 May 23–May 26
E Feb. 27–May 22 May 23–May 26
F Feb. 27–May 30 May 31–Jun. 5
G Feb. 27–May 22 May 23–May 26
H Feb. 27–Jun. 5 Jun. 6–Jun. 9
J Feb. 27–Jun. 19 Jun. 20–Jun. 23
R Feb. 27–Jul. 3 Jul. 5–Jul. 10
S Feb. 27–Jul. 3 Jul. 5–Jul. 10

 

 

 

Late Registration

Late registration, which is the same for all students, takes place on the second, third, fourth, and fifth days of each session. For some courses, permission from the instructor may be required. A $50.00 fee will be charged during the late registration period. A $100.00 fee will be charged after the late registration period.

See the late registration deadlines.

 

Regular Registration

Late Registration

Session 1 (D) Feb. 27–May 22 May 23–May 26
Session 2 (Q) Feb. 27–Jul. 3 Jul. 5–Jul. 10
12- Week Session (X) Feb. 27–May 22 May 23–May 26
Special Sessions for Arabic, Biological Science, Hindi-Urdu, & Russian courses
C Feb. 27–May 22 May 23–May 26
E Feb. 27–May 22 May 23–May 26
F Feb. 27–May 30 May 31–Jun. 5
G Feb. 27–May 22 May 23–May 26
H Feb. 27–Jun. 5 Jun. 6–Jun. 9
J Feb. 27–Jun. 19 Jun. 20–Jun. 23
R Feb. 27–Jul. 3 Jul. 5–Jul. 10
S Feb. 27–Jul. 3 Jul. 5–Jul. 10

 

 

Add/Drop

Students can make changes to their schedule free of charge on the second, third, fourth, and fifth days of each session. This timeframe is referred to as the Change of Program Period. Students who wish to add or drop a course during this timeframe can do so by logging on to SSOL during their registration appointment times.

Dropping an individual course after change of program period

There is no refund of tuition for individual courses dropped after the last day of the change-of-program period. If you wish to drop a course during this timeframe, you must complete an add/drop form.

Important: Failure to attend classes or notification submitted only to the instructor does not constitute dropping a course and will result in a mark of UW (Unofficial Withdrawal) for the course and full tuition will be charged.

View the change of program dates.

Refund, Drop and Pass/Fail Deadlines

Refund, Drop and Pass/Fail Deadlines
 

Change of program period

Last day to:
Drop a course or
withdraw for
full refund *

Last day to:
Drop a course or
change to pass/fail *

Session 1 (D) May 23–May 26 May 26 Jun. 19
Session 2 (Q) Jul. 5–Jul. 10 Jul. 10 Jul. 31
12- Week Session (X) May 23–May 26 May 26 Jul. 17
Special Sessions for Arabic, Biological Science, Hindi-Urdu, & Russian courses
C May 23–May 26 May 26 Jun. 12
E May 23–May 26 May 26 Jul. 3
F May 31–Jun. 5 Jun. 5 Jun. 19
G May 23–May 26 May 26 Jun. 7
H Jun. 6–Jun. 9 Jun. 9 Jun. 21
J Jun. 20–Jun. 23 Jun. 23 Jul. 5
R Jul. 5–Jul. 10 Jul. 10 Jul. 19
S Jul. 5–Jul. 10 Jul. 10 Jul. 24

* Last day to drop a course or withdraw for full refund
By 4:00 PM. This is the last day for students to receive a full refund if they withdraw from the Summer Sessions by dropping all of their courses in a given session. Students may be eligible for a partial refund after this date. There is no refund for individual courses dropped after this date.

* Last day to drop a course
By 4:00 PM. No refund. This date is also the last day to change to the pass/fail grading option.

 

Withdrawals

Canceling Your Enrollment in the Summer Sessions

Students who wish to drop all of their classes in a session are considered to be withdrawing from that session and must follow the necessary withdrawal procedures.

See more information about the withdrawal process.

 

Important: Failure to attend classes or notification submitted only to the instructor does not constitute dropping a course and will result in a mark of UW (Unofficial Withdrawal) for the course and full tuition will be charged.

 

Payment Procedures

Columbia bills students for tuition, fees, and other charges at the beginning of each term. The Student Account Statement is distributed electronically via email notification to a student's Columbia University email account. No paper bills will be mailed by the University.

Columbia University reserves the right to withhold the privilege of registration, or any other University privilege, from any person with unpaid debt to the University.

View details on tuition payment deadlines and procedures.

 

After Registration

Setting up your LionMail Account

Each registered student is required to open a LionMail email account and to check for email regularly. To open a LionMail email account, go to http://uni.columbia.edu. A student's LionMail email address is based on the University Network ID (UNI) assigned to the student. Students are required to use a Columbia UNI to access the University's electronic services such as email from instructors and campus offices.

Student account information, including monthly billing statements, is available online only and through a student's LionMail account.

Preparing for courses

CourseWorks@Columbia the online site used by many instructors for posting electronic course materials and class discussion boards. You will also find a syllabus and a list of any required textbooks on this site. If you want to buy your books on campus, you can visit the University Bookstore.

Obtaining a Columbia ID Card

ID Center
204 Kent Hall
212-854-7225
idcard@columbia.edu

ID cards are required for use of the libraries, facilities and may be required for evening entrance to some campus buildings. Columbia University ID cards also provide free admittance to many museums in New York City and discounts on purchases in many local stores. To obtain an ID submit your photo here. Your ID will be ready for pickup in the ID Center (205 Kent Hall) during the first week of classes.

Familiarize Yourself with Campus Resources and Policies

The Office of Student Affairs strives to be your primary source for answers to your academic questions, including those concerning policies, procedures and requirements. In addition, the OSA can help you with:

Academic Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services
Grading Policies and Procedures
Health Services
International Students and Scholars Office
Office of Disability Services
Student Financial Services
Transcripts
University Resources

Orientation

Admitted Session 1 and Session 2 students only need to register for one of these orientations:

Morning Session: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (EST). RSVP here.

Afternoon Session: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST). RSVP here.

There will be another online orientation prior to Session 2. More information will be provided closer to the date.

Welcome Event

***Save the Date***
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (EST)
Lerner Hall, Columbia University