Pre-Program Checklist

Enrolled Students

In order to fully secure your place in the program, you should complete the following steps:


  1. Submit Your Enrollment Confirmation Form and Deposit Payment

    Your Enrollment Confirmation Form can be found via your online application portal. To secure a place in the program, a deposit, credited toward the cost of the program, is due upon notification of acceptance to the program.
  2. Activate Your University Network Identification (UNI)

    Your UNI will be emailed to you 5-7 business days after submitting your non-refundable enrollment deposit. You should activate your UNI as soon as you receive it. The activation link can be found here.

    Your UNI provides access to your Lionmail email account. All follow-up emails from Columbia University will be sent to your LionMail account, including emails regarding registration and billing.
  3. Submit Your Admitted Student Documents

    After submitting your deposit, an Admitted Student Checklist will appear in your admitted student portal. You are required to complete and submit all of the included forms. Your Media Release must be completed as soon as possible. The Media Release form allows us to use any images and/or video from your student experience and testimonials in our marketing and communications.

  4. Register for Your Course

    You will be able to access course registration only after activating your UNI. Registration instructions can be found here. Please read the instructions carefully. Because course space is limited and fills on a rolling basis, we recommend registering for a course as soon as you are able.

  5. Submit a Photo

    It is important that you submit a photo to be added to your student account. You will need your UNI to access this secure site. You should submit your photo as soon as possible.

    Please be sure that your photo conforms to the specified requirements, including file size. A few days after you submit the photo, you should check your Columbia e-mail account to make sure that your photo has been approved. Your photo is required to receive your University ID card and access campus.
  6. Make any Necessary Special Arrangements

    The University provides a full range of services and accommodations to assist students with disabilities. Upon acceptance into the program, students requiring special in-class accommodations should register with the Office of Disability Services. It is recommended that students joining the University contact the office immediately to initiate the registration process, but no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of classes. However, registrations are accepted throughout the year. Only students who identify their disabilities well in advance can be assured of accommodation by the start of the program. Our office of Disability Services may take up to 2 weeks to process any registration materials for accommodations.
  7. Submit Your Official Transcript

    If you uploaded an unofficial transcript through the online application system, you will need to have an official version submitted. All documents must be provided by the school and cannot be a document downloaded from a student’s grading portal.

    Official transcripts being submitted via email should be sent to For mailed transcripts, please send to the following address:

    Programs for High School Students
    Office of Admissions
    School of Professional Studies
    203 Lewisohn Hall
    2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
    New York, NY 10027-6902

    If your school previously submitted an official transcript at the time of your application, you are not required to submit another copy.
  8. Acquire Course Materials

    Be sure that you have any supplies that might be required for the particular curricular option(s) in which you are enrolled.
  9. Ensure Technology Requirements are Met

    To successfully participate in your course and co-curricular activities, please make sure to meet the technology needs found on the Course Materials page.
  10. Authorize Parent or Guardian as an Authorized Payer

    If a parent or other family member is responsible for your bill, you will need to set them up as an Authorized Payer. Federal privacy regulations limit the access of other people, including family members, to the student account. For parents or other members of a student's family to see and pay the monthly E-Bill, the student needs to set them up as an Authorized Payer.

  11. Submit Final Payment to Student Financial Services

    Student Financial Services will send an invoice to your Columbia University e-mail address detailing the cost of the program. Bills will not be sent to personal email accounts. Before receiving a bill, the student will be sent instructions regarding the option to allow a parent or family member to make a payment through the university's Authorized Payer portal. A student must be registered in a course to have a bill generated. You will not be able to make any payments other than the initial deposit until you receive this invoice.

    Your balance will be due approximately two weeks after the invoice is issued.  Please note that your final invoice will be released according to the Columbia University Billing Schedule. Depending on when the student applies, this invoice may not be generated immediately after paying your deposit, and will instead arrive closer to the start of the program itself. Please review your bill carefully for the due date.

    Please review our Program Cost page for a detailed breakdown.