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Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for answers? Below you will find resources regarding our most Frequently Asked Questions.

UNI Requests: If you have forgotten your UNI, please email tcalumni@tc.edu with your name and graduation year. 

TC Gmail: Alumni who have graduated from degree programs will receive lifetime access to their TC Gmail account. Those alumni who are registered in non-degree, certificate programs or who do not graduate will have access to their accounts for four terms (two years) past their enrollment. Once those terms have passed, the account is deactivated.

Password Reset/TC Gmail Activation: Simply visit uni.columbia.edu, click on "Forgot Password" and follow the prompts to reset your password. Click here for further instructions.

Email Forwarding: Please visit uni.columbia.edu, click on "UNI Mail Forwarding" and use your UNI and password to change your forwarding email address. 

To unsubscribe from Office of Alumni Relations emails: Please click the "Manage My Email Preferences" link and the bottom of the email. 

Alumni Card: You must be on campus to obtain an alumni card. Please visit 193 Grace Dodge Hall where you will be issued a letter verifying your alumni status, which will be presented to Card Services in Whittier Hall, 1B. Please bring a valid photo ID. You will take a photo for the ID and in most cases, you will be issued the card on the same day you visit. 

Update Your Information here

Find Alumni Events Near You here.

To register for an event: visit tc.edu/alumni/events. Click on the event you are interested in and then click “View Full Event Details.” This will redirect you to a registration page that has the event date, time and location details. Please fill out and submit the registration form at the bottom of the page. 

Once you've registered for an event, you will receive an email confirmation. We will also send a reminder email prior to the event. Please note that you do NOT need a ticket to enter the event.

Transcripts/Diplomas/Records Inquiries: Please contact the Office of the Registrar. Detailed instructions on how to request electronic or hardcopy transcripts can be found here. 

Career Services/Mentoring Programs/Job Postings: Please contact Career Education & Professional Development.
Employers: If you have opportunities available to the TC Community, please reach out to Career Education & Professional Development at careerservices@tc.edu. 

Library Services: Visit Gottesman Libraries's Alumni Priveleges page to learn more about services available to alumni. You may also call Library Services at (212) 678-3494. You can access Columbia Library Alumni Resources here.

Obituaries: Email notifications to inmemoriam@tc.edu

Teacher Certification:  All questions regarding teacher certification, including lapsed certification and reciprocity, should be directed to the Office of Teacher Education. 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): If you reside in the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires that you opt in to continue receiving email communications from TC. The GDPR also gives you other rights including the right to be forgotten, the right to request information and the right to rectification. If at any time you wish to exercise any of your rights under the GDPR, or if you have any questions or concerns about these rights or the GDPR, please email us at Privacy@tc.columbia.edu.

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Alumni Benefits

On Campus

Gottesman Memorial Library & Columbia Libraries

With a TC Library Alumni Card, alumni have free access to all Morningside Campus libraries for reading and research (not including online resources). Borrowing privileges are available at each library with a small added fee. To learn more, visit https://library.tc.columbia.edu/p/services-for-alumni. You can also access Columbia Library resources online here

For more information, please visit the Gottesman Libraries website or call (212)678-3023.

Continuing Education

The Department of Computing & Technology offers alumni both free and small-fee classes on a wide variety of applications. The TC Computer Center is also available for alumni use; located in 242 Horace Mann, it is accessible to alumni with a TC Library Alumni Card. For hours of operation, scheduled workshops or additional information, please contact Computing and Information Services at (212) 678-3302 or visit their website.

Columbia Bookstore   

The Columbia Bookstore is located at 2922 Broadway (at West 115th Street). For bookstore hours, information or to place an order online, please visit their website or call (212) 854-1236.

The Columbia University Club of New York

Celebrate and interact with fellow Columbians as a member of the Columbia University Club of New York (CUCNY). Located at 15 West 43rd Street in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Columbia University Club of New York offers membership to alumni from all divisions of Columbia University. The club offers a busy calendar of social activities every month. For more information regarding CUCNY, please visit their website at www.columbiaclub.org or call 212- 719-0380 to set up a tour.

Fitness Centers   

  • Dodge Physical Fitness Center: Membership at the Dodge Physical Fitness Center, located on the Morningside Heights campus, gives alumni and their families access to Columbia's pool, indoor track, squash courts, weight room, and other facilities. For current rates, please contact the membership office at (212) 854-2547 or (212) 854-2546.
  • Dick Savitt Tennis Center: The center has six cushioned hard courts, all of which are covered by a state-of-the-art air dome.    

On-Campus Guest Housing   

The Office of Residence Services has a limited number of guest rooms in New Residence Hall for short term stays for members and guests of Teachers College and Columbia communities. Faculty, staff, alumni, and parents of students are welcome to reserve rooms.
Call 212-678-3235 to make a reservation, from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. Visit the Guest Housing webpage for more information.

Off-Campus Permanent Housing   

The Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) office helps Columbia affiliates search for rental housing in non-Columbia-owned buildings located in the metropolitan area.  OCHA provides advice, resources, and an online database of available housing.

OCHA is located at: 419 West 119th Street-Lower Level, on the north side of the street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive and open Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

For more information, please visit the OCHA website or call 212-854-2773


Continuing Professional Studies Online Courses

Alumni receive a 25% discount on registration fees for online courses offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Studies.


New Teacher Network   

The New Teacher Network (NTN@TC) is a community of practice for Teachers College's newest teacher graduates that provides personalized support through customized professional development workshops, mentoring and coaching, as well as a dedicated online community. NTN@TC is offered free of charge to TC graduates in their first three years of teaching. Sign up here. Click here to learn more about the Network.


Columbia University Alumni

Visit the Columbia University Alumni webpage to discover other ways to connect to Columbia Alumni. To see what benefits and services you qualify for, contact their office at  212-851-7800 or by email at alumnilink@columbia.edu
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