New Students

Greetings from the College of Dental Medicine! We're looking forward to having you join us in the fall.

You'll find important information on this page about housing, orientation, and much more. We'll also be sending you emails a few weeks before you arrive that will include details and online tutorials you'll need to complete before you arrive.

If you haven’t already, please join the Class of 2022 Facebook page and start getting to know your classmates!

Please contact anyone at the Office of Student Affairs with questions or concerns.

Important Dates

Check-in Day: August 12, 2018
Orientation: August 13-17, 2018
White Coat Ceremony: August 13, 2016
First Day of Classes: August 14, 2016

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.

Locate your UNI here

You will be asked for your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number, 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. At this point you will have access to you ID number which starts with C followed by 9 numeric digits. You can find this number by logging into Student Services Online with your UNI.

Do not do anything else at this point.

University Email Accounts

Email accounts at the Columbia University Irving Medical Campus (CUIMC) 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. You will receive instructions via email about setting up your email.

PLEASE DO NOT set up any other Columbia email account besides the! YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SET UP LIONMAIL, alias email accounts, or anything besides a CUMC exchange account. If you set up anything else, it will create extra steps and confusion when we need to get your email properly configured.

ID Cards

ID cards are needed throughout CUIMC campus for entry to all buildings, access to certain locked areas and pass-throughs within the buildings, and for all university transactions. In order to have your ID cards prepared ahead of time and available upon your arrival in August, you will receive an email with instructions for submitting online photo and information.

  • You will need to submit two high-resolution digital passport-style photos:
  • The photo should be a color, JPEG file.
  • The background should be uniform and light-colored.
  • You must be facing forward with your head and shoulders clearly visible.
  • No photos with sunglasses or hats
  • The file cannot exceed 100K in size


The Office of Housing at CUIMC seeks to place all who apply for housing. The housing application process begins on April 15th and the deadline for applying is June 1st. All are strongly encouraged to apply for housing.

Health Services

All new students must complete and return health forms. You must also complete certain medical requirements (immunizations, physicals, etc.).

Student Health Services has all the information you'll need about pre-registration health requirements for the College of Dental Medicine. Because of deadlines and specific time frames for vaccinations, please visit the website and begin addressing these requirements early. Please note all health requirements must be completed by June 29, 2018.

Learn About Pre-Registration Health Requirements

Financial Aid

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. 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.

Pre-Orientation Program

Dígame Bienvenidos is a four-day preorientation program designed for incoming students from the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and open to incoming students from the College of Dental Medicine. The program aims to give incoming students exposure to local sites of knowledge and help them appreciate the history, culture, and vitality of the community in Washington Heights.

Dígame Bienvenidos Pre-Orientation Program 2018: August 7-10, 2018
All incoming students are invited to apply. Application Due: July 13th


Orientation: August 12 - 17, 2018

Orientation consists 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 who will be instrumental throughout your education here. There are also events, organized by the 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

The symbolic White Coat Ceremony officially welcomes first-year students into the dental profession. This proud and historic ceremony for all incoming students and their parents kicks off Orientation Week.

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

If you require an I-20 from Columbia and did not receive the paperwork, please contact us immediately. Any specific questions about the Visa application process should be addressed to the International Students Office, 212-305-5455, or Gwyneth A. Smith, Associate Director, 212-305-8267 or


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:

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

Computer Requirements

The College of Dental Medicine 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 you have registered at the College of Dental Medicine and only once throughout your four years here. You can find more information here.

The College of Dental Medicine 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 and only once throughout your four years at the College of Dental Medicine. Learn more about computer and software discounts for students.


Lockers at CUMC are made available to students on a first-come, first serve basis via the online locker request form at:
IMPORTANT: the form can only be accessed from on-campus or when using VPN. Review all information below before making your request.