Greetings from CDM!! Congratulations on choosing to join CDM in the fall.

July 2, 2018

Information from the Financial Aif Office:

For all students
For students with prior educational debt
For Applicants/Recipients


June 12, 2018

I am pleased to announce that the “Web Photo Submission Application” for new students entering in the Fall 2018 is now available.

Students will be able log-in to the application through the ID Center website There, they can upload a JPEG photo, make necessary adjustments and then submit the photo directly into the ID card system.  The photo will be reviewed and approved (or denied if not meeting outlined criteria) by the ID Center.  Students will receive an email confirmation upon photo approval or notified if a new photo is required. The deadline for students to submit a photo online is July 15, 2018. Any students requiring a picture after August 01, 2018 will need go to the CUMC ID Office located at 630 West 168 Street, Room 1-405C.


April 6, 2018


The office of Housing at the Medical Center campus seeks to place all who apply.  The housing application process begins on April 15th and the deadline for applying will be June 1.

You can apply beginning on April 15th at:

Despite the limited housing in prior years and anything you may hear from upperclassmen, all are encouraged to apply for housing.

The orientation committee has put together the following guide to help you in the selection process:
Housing Packet

It doesn't cost anything to apply so I strongly urge everyone to take advantage.

Health Services

Please be advised that we require all new students to complete and return health forms. You must also complete certain medical requirements (immunizations, physicals, etc.) Based on certain deadlines and specific time frames for vaccinations, you must start addressing these requirements now. 

The pre-registration requirements for 2018-19 academic year is now available on the Student Health website:

Please visit the Columbia University Health & Related Services web site to educate themselves about what services are available to students at Columbia University:

Please note all health requirements are due by the end of June 29, 2018.


April 1, 2018

Dígame Bienvenidos is a four day pre-orientation program, August 7-10, designed for incoming P&S students to gain exposure to local sites of knowledge and appreciate the history, culture, and vitality of the community here in Washington Heights.
Dígame Bienvenidos Pre-Orientation Program 2018
All incoming students are invited to apply. Application Due: July 13th
E-mail to apply or with
Explore Washington Heights
Delve into themes of social justice in medicine and learn about the community you will soon by join-ing!
Learn from the Community
Meet your future Columbia classmates, hear guest lectures, and eat delicious Dominican food!

Digame Bienvenidos 2018 Information Flyer
Digame Bienvenidos 2018 Application

March 1, 2018
Financial Aid Update

The Office of Student Financial Aid & Planning administers financial aid and provides debt management and financial literacy counseling for programs under the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the College of Dental Medicine. We serve as a resource and link to your funding sources. It is important to become an "educated consumer" and learn all that you can about the options that are available, given your personal financial situation. We will provide information, but keep in mind, that financial aid is an environment subject to constant change due to new legislation and regulations. Your class will be assigned to a Financial Aid Officer who will determine “need” and will prepare your financial aid offer.

You can begin the process by completing the Aid Type Request Form on NetPartner. You will receive an email from our Office with instructions on how to access NetPartner.

Below is information tailored to your specific program and citizenship status. Please review these documents.

Financial Aid Welcome Letter
International Student Financial Aid Applicants
Comparing Financial Aid Offers
Columbia Interschool Scholarships


Important Dates

Although the academic calendar is not yet finalized for 2018-19, here are a few TENTATIVE dates for the Class of 2022:

Check-in Day:  August 12th
Orientation: August 13th-17th
White Coat Ceremony:  August 13th
First Day of Classes:  August 14th                         

The official academic calendar will be distributed closer to orientation.

Second Deposits are Due April 1st

Please send a check or money order for $1,000 to guarantee your place in the class in the fall- please consider using FedEx or UPS to send in the deposit.  They are the only carriers that will hand deliver to our office. USPS takes the longest, even if you send it priority or next day mail. 

Deposits should be sent to:

College of Dental Medicine
Admissions Office
630 West 168 Street
PH 7 West Room 318
New York, NY 10032

Activating your UNI

Your UNI is your University Identifier. It is made up of the first letters of your first and last names followed by a series of numbers. Many of the resources at Columbia require you to log in using your UNI and password.  In order to locate your UNI, please visit

you will be asked for your first and last name, last 4 digits of your SSN, and your date of birth. Please follow all directions carefully after that.

If you have followed the instructions correctly, you will receive a confirmation that your has been properly setup and you will have access to you ID number which starts with C followed by 9 numeric digits- you can find this number by loggign in to Student Services On Line (

Do not do anything else at this point.


Email accounts at the Columbia University Medical Campus (CUMC) are exchange email accounts and follow much more strict protocol than other university emails due to the sensitive nature of patient information for our clinical students.  Set up instructions for your CUMC exchange accounts ( will be sent out in the next month.

PLEASE DO NOT set up any Columbia email accounts until I send out detailed information. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SET UP LIONMAIL, Alias email accounts or anything besides a CUMC exchange account for which we will send instructions. If you set up anything else, it will create extra steps and cofusion when we need to get your email properly configured.


Orientation will begin Sunday, August 12, 2018 and will run through August 17.  Orientation will consist of mandatory information sessions intended to introduce you to the College of Dental Medicine and the Columbia University Medical Center Campus.  You will meet key administrators and faculty members that will be instrumental throughout your education at CDM. There are also a wide variety of events, organized by the Class of 2021 Orientation Committee, designed to acclimate you to the city and your classmates.  You will be contacted by the Orientation Committee during the next few months with more information about orientation fees and events.

White Coat Ceremony

Orientation week kicks off with the symbolic White Coat Ceremony.  This is a proud and historic ceremony for all incoming students and their parents- more information, including invitations will be sent out throughout the summer.

Change of Address

Anyone who has a change of address should notify our office in writing, including the dates the address will be valid, and the new telephone number.  As an incoming student, you are responsible for responding to all formal requests throughout the summer, regardless of your summer plans or location.

International Students

Refer to the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO-CUIMC) webpage here for instructions about how to apply for F-1 or J-1 international student status. Any specific questions about the application process should be addressed to the ISSO-CUIMC at or by phone at (212) 304-7541.


This is New York City…need I say more?

We do not recommend anyone bring a car to campus, nor will you need it; you will quickly realize that it is a burden and logistical nightmare.  However, for those few students that may need to commute from an area not served by mass transit, applications for parking will be evaluated based on the applicant's place of residence, burden of commute via public transportation, hours on campus and availability of space.  Any special circumstances should be addressed with one of us in the admissions office who will bring issues to the attention of the parking office.  

Disability Services

Any student with a physical disability or a learning disability is encouraged to self-identify through the Office of Disability Services.  This office will facilitate all special needs that you have during your four years at Columbia. 

Students may contact that office directly:

Columbia University
Office of Disability Services
(212) 854-2284 (general information)
(212) 854-2378 (TDD)
(212) 854-3448 (FAX)

Computer Requirements

CDM requires that all first year students own a laptop computer. You will be utilizing ExamSoft software to take your exams. Specifications will be sent to you in the summer to assure your equipment meets the requirements for our campus. Please be advised that educational loans are available to cover the purchase of a computer only after the student has registered at CDM and only once throughout your 4 years at CDM. You can find more information at:


All 1st year dental students can apply for a locker.  As soon as the locker application is available, I will share the URL with you.  This process typically begins in early July once all current residents have vacated them.

ID Cards

In order to have your ID cards prepared ahead of time and available upon your arrival in August, you will have the opportunity to submit online photo and information.  Once the ID office is ready for this submission, I will let everyone know the steps they must follow.  ID cards are needed throughout CUMC campus for entry to all the buildings, to access certain locked areas and pass throughs within the buildings and for all university transactions.


If you haven’t already, please join your class FB page at:

Any questions about the items discussed or other issues that are of concern can be sent directly to anyone in our office:

In the meantime, enjoy the upcoming spring semester!  I know that I speak for the entire CDM family when I say that we are looking forward to having you with us in August.



Admissions and Student Affairs Office