Admitted Students

Congratulations and welcome to Columbia University Climate School! This section contains important next steps so please read it carefully to ensure that you are completing the steps needed to prepare for your first day of class and an overall strong start to your studies at Columbia.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

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In order to secure a place in the program you must complete the enrollment form within the online application system and submit your tuition deposit.

Your UNI (University Network ID) grants you access to a number of important functions at Columbia, including registration, billing, and email. Your designated UNI (which consists of your initials and a four-digit number) will be sent to the email address with which you applied to the Climate School. UNI creation typically requires three to five business days of processing time after accepting the offer of admission and paying the tuition deposit. Once you receive your UNI notification email, follow these instructions to activate it.

Next, activate your Columbia email account (known as LionMail). You should check it regularly; all official correspondence from the University will be sent to your Columbia account.


If you have not already done so, we strongly urge you to apply for your I-20 online as soon as possible to expedite the process of obtaining a student visa. Please contact the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) with any questions.

Admitted students who have accepted the offer of admission are encouraged to make inquiries into housing options as early as possible. To apply for housing, complete the Columbia Residential application by the deadline indicated in your letter of admission. To apply, you will first need to successfully activate your UNI. For more information about university housing, see the Columbia Residential website. Because Columbia housing is extremely limited, we strongly encourage you to research the Off-Campus Housing Marketplace.  

All incoming students must be in compliance with University requirements by July 15, 2023, in order to register. To provide documentation and for more information, see the Columbia Health website.

You must submit a photo online to be used on your Columbia ID card. Instructions on picking up your ID card will be shared via email in the coming weeks.

All enrolling students must provide official final transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended, even if a degree was not awarded. Transcripts must include course names and grades for all work completed.

For a transcript to be considered official it must be sent from the Registrar’s Office directly to the Climate School via the digital delivery service that works with your institution, or as a completed WES evaluation (if applicable). Any documents to which a student has had access, including any transcripts uploaded as part of the application, are automatically considered unofficial.

Please click here to review detailed instructions for the submission of Final Official Transcripts.

Registration for Climate School students will begin on July 17. Students will register through Student Services Online (SSOL) during registration appointments available on weekdays (except holidays). Instructions will be shared in early July. Please direct questions to [email protected]

In order to receive a US federal loan, a student must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen admitted as at least a half-time student in a degree program and making satisfactory academic progress. 

  1. Review the Graduate Financial Aid information available on Columbia University’s Student Financial Services website, including the Disclosure on Lender Information and the Graduate Federal Aid section, which discusses eligibility requirements, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), entrance interviews, and general information about federal loans.
  2. Submit a FAFSA online. The FAFSA opens on October 1 of each year, and students should apply as early as possible. Your Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) should list Columbia's federal school code (002707); if the code has been listed on your FAFSA, then it is very likely that your application has been sent to Columbia University. You may log into Student Services Online (SSOL) to track receipt of your FAFSA by GSAS (via the "Award Info and Document Tracking" section). To track receipt, you will need your 10-digit CUID number (beginning with C00), which is available at the top of each page in SSOL in the "Viewing Options" area.
  3. Review the Cost of Attendance page to determine your overall cost. Note that you may only borrow up to your total cost of attendance (which includes tuition, fees, living expenses, allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and other expenses).
  4. Submit the Request for Loans and/or Federal Work-Study to the GSAS Office of Financial Aid ([email protected]; 107 Low Library). You may track receipt of your application via the Document Tracking section of SSOL. (GSAS does not pre-package loans based on the FAFSA alone; the Request for Loans and/or Federal Work-Study form must also be submitted in order for GSAS to start the process.)
  5. Submit your Master Promissory Note according to the following procedure:
    Federal Direct Unsubsidized and/or Graduate PLUS Loans: Submit a Master Promissory Note to the Direct Loan Servicing Center through
  6. Complete Federal Entrance Counseling according to the following procedure:
    Federal Direct Unsubsidized and/or Graduate PLUS Loans: The Federal Entrance Counseling module is available through

Once your loan has been certified and fully processed by the Financial Aid Office, GSAS can authorize a loan disbursement to your student account. After charges have been paid, you will be eligible to receive any remaining credit balance as a refund.