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Registration Information

For new students in particular, the registration process can be confusing and complex. The following is a general overview of the registration process.

1. If you are a new student, you must first participate in the New Student Experience and receive academic advisement from your department before you will be able to register for courses. Information about the New Student Experience can be found on the TC web site for Admitted Students. You should also reserve a place with the New Student Experience by clicking HERE.

2. During academic advisement, you will receive a registration PIN (personal identification number) from your departments. Once you receive your PIN and have identified the courses you want or will need to take, you can either register on-line through TC's Student Information System, over the telephone, or in person at the Office of the Registrar, in 152 Horace Mann. On-line registration is highly recommended as this is both the fastest and easiest way to sign up for your classes. For further information, you may want to check out the Office of the Registrar web page for tips on how to register.

Note: certain courses may be marked "instructor's approval" or "special permission" required. To register for courses designated in this fashion, in-person registration is required. You must obtain a special permission registration card from the Registrar's office, and then have your instructor sign it for approval.  Take it back to the Registrar's office and they will register you.

3. You may add or drop courses during the add / drop period (usually the first 10 days of the semester); however, all course selections must be finalized by the end of the add / drop period. Changes after the add / drop period may be done only under special circumstances and may incur a charge.

ID Card


After registering, you will be able to obtain a TC Identification Card. You cannot obtain an ID card until after registering. The TC ID Office, located in 106 Whittier Hall, usually arranges special times and dates during Orientation and Registration for students to get their ID cards. Read your orientation material for specific times, dates, and details.
Office of International Services
Teachers College, Columbia University
Box 7, 525 W 120th Street
New York, New York 10027-6696
Phone: (212) 678-3939 ♦ ~ Fax: (212) 678-3990 ♦ Email: