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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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New Student Orientation

Orientation is designed to foster academic and professional success while at the School of Professional Studies. At orientation, you will be able to meet and network with other SPS students, faculty, and staff who will support your transition to graduate studies. All students are expected to attend.

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Before Your Semester Begins

COVID-19 Protocols and Requirements

In order to protect the campus community, the University has mandated all incoming students must adhere to the following COVID-19 protocols and guidelines:

  1. Get Vaccinated and Upload Documentation  
    Starting with the Fall 2021 semester, the University announced that the COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all University students, faculty, and staff. For individuals who plan to attend in-person classes or access campus for any reason, your vaccination documentation must be submitted by August 2, to ensure there is no delay in processing your information. If you are requesting a medical or religious exemption, those also must be submitted no later than August 2, to ensure appropriate time to review and evaluate.
  2. Review all Return to Campus Protocols & Download the ReopenCU App
    Be sure to review and complete all return to campus protocols and download the ReopenCU App. Students must download the ReopenCU App to upload their proof of vaccination and sign the University Health Compact. This app will also allow students to complete the mandatory daily attestation to receive a Green Pass which will allow their Student ID to admit them to all University facilities.


If you have any questions about the University’s COVID-19 protocols and requirements, you can find more information at or reach out to sps-wellness [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu or covidresource [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu

Student IDs

You must have a Columbia ID card to access all Columbia buildings and resources, make purchases at campus cafes and the University Bookstore and to take advantage of student discount programs. 

All students must upload a valid ID photo by Thursday, August 19, 2021 as Student IDs will not be printed without an approved photo.

Upload a Student ID Photo


Students can pick up their Student ID from 9:00AM - 5:00 PM ET in Faculty House on campus only during the following dates and times: 

  • Thursday, September 9th
  • Friday, September 10th
  • Monday, September 13th

If you are unable to pick up your ID during the dates and times listed above, please contact the Office of Student Life at
 sps-studentlife [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu


Update Your Personal Information

Update and Confirm Personal Information


New Student Orientation Schedule and Events

Columbia SPS is proud to offer a robust and highly engaging orientation program to welcome new students. For a full overview of your orientation schedule and requirements, click on your degree type below. You can also reference our New Student Orientation Guide.

M.S. and M.P.S. Orientation Schedule

Non-Degree Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation Guide