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Advisory Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19

In order to deliver the best and safest program for our students, all programs will move to online learning for Summer 2020. We are excited to deliver dynamic and engaging courses and cocurricular activities online. Applications remain open, and we encourage students to apply. Learn More.
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Academic Resources

Advising and Support

The Office of Student Affairs provides enrolled students with academic counseling and advice about matters relating to their lives as students in the School and at the University. The Student Affairs staff provides students with referrals to other offices, both on and off campus, as necessary. But nothing substitutes for face-to-face meetings with an advisor. We encourage you to come into the Office of Student Affairs whenever you have questions or concerns. Our goal is to ensure your experience be as rewarding as possible.

Office of Student Affairs is located in 203 Lewisohn Hall and can be contacted at: 212-854-0419 or sps-studentaffairs [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

ALP students can contact 212-854-6903 or alp-advising [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu for advisement.

Student Services Online (SSOL)

Student Services Online (SSOL) provides students with access to their student account.  Through SSOL students can view their academic profile, register for classes, view their term bill, view grades, view holds, and order transcripts. Students may also update their personal contact information and emergency contact information.

Students may access SSOL at and log in using their UNI and password.

Writing Center

The Writing Center provides writing support to the entire Columbia community. In one-on-one consultations and workshops, our consultants offer feedback and strategies to help you improve at every stage of your writing, from brainstorming to final drafts.

Schedule an appointment at the Writing Center.


The Libraries provide gathering places to pursue scholarly research, to learn about and use information technology, to write, to study, and to draw on our rich collection of print and electronic resources. At your disposal is a fully integrated research library. Columbia’s Libraries, with over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 current journals and serials, and an extensive collection of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other non-print formats, rank as one of the top five academic library systems in the nation.

Visit the Libraries website at


The CourseWorks learning management system provides state-of-the-art online learning and information sharing tools, while creating a highly interactive educational experience. This robust system offers user-friendly information sharing between instructors and students through collaboration tools, such as email, chat and wiki, discussion boards, quizzing, an improved gradebook and social media.

If you are registered for courses that uses CourseWorks, go to and log in with your UNI and password.

Faculty, students, and administrators can find information about support on the left navigation bar. If you need assistance please email courseworks [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.


The Canvas learning management system provides state-of-the-art online learning and information sharing tools, while creating a highly immersive and interactive educational experience. Canvas puts the user front and center and makes it easy for instructors and students to connect in a user-friendly, intuitive environment. Its ease of use allows users to access and manage course materials quickly and efficiently.

Users can configure notifications to receive updates regarding feedback, grading alerts, due date changes etc. via email, text or social media services. The built in collaboration and multimedia tools allow for powerful integrations and provides the ability to easily create and deliver rich content. Furthermore, it was built for the mobile generation, and therefore runs wonderfully well on all modern mobile web browsers, and also have native applications for iOS and Android devices available for free.

If you are registered for courses that use Canvas, go to and sign in with your UNI.

Faculty, students and administrators can find information about support by clicking on Help on the top right hand corner from anywhere in Canvas. If you need further assistance, please email help [[at]] ce [[dot]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

Study Spaces for SPS Students

Download this PDF for a full list of libraries, study spaces, and cafes throughout the various Columbia University campus locations. This guide includes quiet study spaces, as well as those suitable for group study.

Download the list of SPS Study Spaces.