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After You’re Admitted

Decision letters for 2020 Admission to Columbia GSAPP will be sent in March, 2020.

On this page, admitted students will find information on next steps, organized chronologically by month.

M.ARCH, M.S.CCCP, M.S.HP, M.S.UP
This timeline is for students enrolling in the Master of Architecture; M.S. Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices; M.S. Historic Preservation; and M.S. Urban Planning programs beginning with the Fall 2020 Semester.
MARCH
Register for Open House and Online Info Session
Step 1

Register for the Admitted Student Open House and/or Online Info Session using the links below:

Online Info Sessions
Dates to be announced

Open House for Admitted Students
Dates to be announced

Step 2
If you require a hard copy of your admission letter, please contact arch_admissions@columbia.edu with specific instructions regarding your request.
APRIL
Submit Enrollment Decision, apply for Visa, activate UNI, and apply for housing
Step 3

April 15 is the deadline for submitting your enrollment decision on the Application Portal and paying the $700 non-refundable deposit fee.

  • The deposit fee requires a credit card payment (Visa and Mastercard).
  • If you are applying for a dual degree program, you only need to submit one deposit.
  • Please contact GSAPP Student Affairs (studentaffairs@arch.columbia.edu, 212-854-3450) for further instructions.
Step 4

International Students: Apply for a visa immediately after submitting your enrollment decision.

  • Contact the International Students & Scholars Office (newintlstudent@columbia.edu, 212-854-3587) to coordinate your visa application as soon as possible.
  • You will need your Columbia University Identification Number/Personal Identification Number (CUID)/(PID). This number will arrive by email after you’re admitted.
  • The visa application is located on the ISSO website.
  • ISSO can provide a confirmation that your application has been received.
Step 5

April 15 is the deadline for applying for University Apartment Housing (UAH) Housing.

You will receive the UAH sign-up code in an email after you submit the enrollment deposit.

  • Create and submit an application on the UAH Portal.
  • You will need your Columbia University Identification Number/Personal Identification Number (CUID)/(PID) and the University Apartment Housing (UAH) sign-up code, which you will receive in an email after you submit your deposit.
  • GSAPP conducts a lottery in order to fairly distribute University Housing allocations among applicants (priority is given to students traveling long distances).
  • If you do not receive an allocation in the lottery, you are advised to seek an alternative (see suggestions below). You will automatically be moved to the waitlist unless you decide to withdraw your application. Not all students on the waitlist will be housed.
  • For more information, visit Columbia University Housing, which includes a Student Housing Essentials page.
  • You can also view your Housing Wait List status online.
  • For housing alternatives, visit Columbia Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA), International House, and the Enrolled Student Google Group.
Step 6

April 18: Activate your UNI, an ID number that will allow you to access all of Columbia University’s electronic resources.

  • For more information including instructions, visit Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT). The activation process requires you to submit your name, birth date, and social security number (if applicable).
  • After you activate your UNI, please login to your Columbia University email account at LionMail.
  • All communication from the Office of Student Affairs will be sent to the email that you listed on your application until the first day of classes. After that point, all communication will be sent to your Columbia email address.
MAY
Fulfill Immunization Requirements, Certify Health Insurance decision
Step 7

Fulfill the immunization requirements. Certify your meningitis vaccination decision online and provide documentation of immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) after you have activated your UNI.

  • You will need your CUID/PID and UNI to submit these documents.
  • For the MMR form located here, you will need to fill out the student section and your doctor/physician will need to fill out the remaining portion.
  • Submit MMR Documentation to Immunization Compliance through the online portal.
  • GSAPP cannot confirm the receipt of your MMR form. If your immunization documentation has been successfully processed, your immunization hold will be lifted. You can check this in Holds section in SSOL.
  • For more information on immunization compliance requirements, please visit Columbia Health or contact immunizationcompliance@columbia.edu.
Step 8
Certify your health insurance decision online after you have activated your UNI.
Step 9
Join the Enrolled Students Google Group using the invitation link that will be sent to the email address you provided on your application.
JUNE–JULY
Apply for assistantships, submit photo ID
Step 10
Apply for assistantships on the GSAPP website when the application is launched in June and complete your application before the end of July.
Step 11

Submit a photo for your University Photo ID online no later than two weeks before the start of classes.

  • You will need your UNI to complete the photo submission process.
  • The Student Service Center can confirm the receipt of your ID photo.
AUGUST
Complete Pre-Arrival Tutorial and Register for Classes
Step 12

Complete the mandatory Pre-Arrival Tutorial no later than one week before the start of classes. You will receive an email with instructions on how to complete this requirement.

  • You will need your UNI to complete the tutorial.
Step 13

September 1-3, 2020: Class registration deadline

Step 14

Arrive to New York City no later than 1-2 days before the orientation held on the first day of classes.

September 4, 2020: M.Arch Orientation

Orientation Days for M.S. HP and M.S. UP to be announced

SEPTEMBER
CLASSES BEGIN, PAY FALL TUITION & FEES
Step 15
Tuesday, September 8, 2020: First day of classes.
Step 16

M.Arch students: Attend a meeting to learn more about how transfer credit may be applied to advanced standing or waivers.
M.S.UP/M.S.RED students: Consult your program offices to learn more about advanced standing or waivers.

  • More information about credit transfer is located on the GSAPP website
Step 17
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 2:00pm: All-School Orientation.
Step 18
Friday, September 18, 2020: Last Day of Add/Drop Period; finalize all changes to your course registration by this date.
Step 19

Pay the E-bill for your tuition and fees for the semester on Student Services Online (SSOL) at the end of the Add/Drop period.

SPRING
Submit your official transcripts
Step 20

Submit your official transcripts to the Admissions Office by the end of second semester.

  • All incoming students who provided a scanned copy of their transcript(s) in their application on must provide an official transcript (in a signed and sealed envelope, or a notarized copy of a certified translation) by the end of their second semester at GSAPP. If the transcript is not in a sealed envelope, it will not be accepted.
  • Incoming students awaiting diplomas from former institutions should deliver a certification letter to GSAPP confirming that all coursework is completed within the first two weeks of school.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions:

Useful Links

  • Admissions and Financial Aid Office for any questions you may have as you prepare for enrollment.
  • Student Affairs for more details on GSAPP life, financial information, the academic calendar, and more.
  • Academic Programs for an overview of each program’s curriculum requirements, course information, faculty, student work, and more.
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