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After You’re Admitted

We invite admitted students to take advantage of the Spring 2021 Virtual Open House resources, and to follow the chronologically organized next steps below on your journey to Columbia.

Please see the COVID-19 FAQ page for information on GSAPP’s format of instruction and related updates, and contact the Admissions Office with any remaining questions.

This timeline is for students enrolling in the M.S. Advanced Architectural Design; M.S. Architecture and Urban Design; and M.S. Real Estate Development programs beginning with the Summer 2021 Semester.
Virtual Open House
Step 1

Admitted Student Open House:

In light of COVID-19 and related precautions, GSAPP has suspended upcoming spring events for campus visitors, including in-person admitted student programming, campus tours, and information sessions until further notice.

Step 2
If you require a hard copy of your admission letter, please contact arch_admissions@columbia.edu with specific instructions regarding your request.
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 Admissions (arch_admissions@columbia.edu, 212-854-0246) 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: 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.
Step 6

April 19 is the deadline to apply for Columbia Residential Housing to be included in the first round of the housing lottery.

  • Create and submit an application on the Housing Portal.
  • You will need your Columbia University Identification Number/Personal Identification Number (CUID)/(PID) and your Activated UNI.
  • 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 Residential, 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), and International House.
Step 7

Fulfill the immunization requirements as soon as possible to avoid delays in registration. Certify your meningitis vaccination decision online and provide documentation of immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) after you have activated your UNI. A registration hold will be placed on your account until your immunization requirements have been fulfilled.

  • 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 Groups using the invitation link that will be sent to the email address you provided on your application.
Step 10

May 24: Submit a photo for your University Photo ID online by this date.

  • You will need your UNI to complete the photo submission process.
  • The Student Service Center can confirm the receipt of your ID photo.
Step 11

Complete the mandatory Pre-Arrival Tutorial no later than one week before the start of classes. Further information will be sent by the Office of University Life.

  • You will need your UNI to complete the tutorial.
Step 12

May 26-28: Class registration deadline

Step 13
Arrive to New York City at least 1-2 days before the First Day of Classes on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Attend first Day of Classes, finalize course registration, Pay E-bill, apply for fall assistantships
Step 14
Tuesday, June 1, 2021: Attend the First Day of Classes and Orientations for
Advanced Architectural Design Program
Architecture and Urban Design Program
Real Estate Development Program
Step 15
June 11: Last day to ADD classes and drop with refund; finalize all changes to your course registration by this date.
Step 16

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.

Step 17
Apply for assistantships on the GSAPP website when the application is launched in June and complete your application before the end of July.
Attend All-School Orientation
Step 18
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 2:00pm: Attend the All-School Orientation
Step 19

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.