FAQ & Benefits

Important notice about alumni ID cards and alumni visits to our office.

In consideration of the safety and well-being of all our community members, Alumni Relations has suspended alumni visits to campus for the time being, including visits to obtain alumni ID cards. However, we will be answering alumni questions during usual business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) via email and phone. You can reach us at tcalumni@tc.columbia.edu or 212-678-3215. We will update this page with a notification as soon as we are able to welcome alumni and visitors to our office once again.  To stay up to date on how TC is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our preparedness website.


Frequently Asked Questions


UNI stands for University Network ID. It is a unique identifier consisting of your initials and arbitrary numbers. Your UNI is used to provide access to the myTC Portal, TC Google Apps (which includes access to TC Gmail and unlimited storage for Google Drive), TConnect: An Online Alumni Network and library e-resources. Follow the instructions in the UNI Guide to retrieve or activate your UNI.

Alumni who have graduated from degree programs will receive lifetime access to their TC Google Apps account, which includes TC Gmail access and unlimited storage for Google Drive. Those alumni who are registered in non-degree, certificate programs or who do not graduate will have access to their accounts for 3 semesters (12 months) following the end of the semester for which they last registered for a credit course.

If you remember your TC ID #, you can visit uni.columbia.edu, click on "Forgot Password" and follow the prompts to reset your password. If you do not remember your TC ID #, you will need to contact CU IT to ask them to perform the password reset for you. You can reach them at 212-854-1919 or askcuit@columbia.edu. Click here for further instructions.

In the interest of the safety and well-being of our community, Alumni Relations is currently suspending walk-in alumni visits, including visits to obtain alumni ID cards. However, we will be answering alumni questions during usual business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) via email and phone. Feel free to contact us at tcalumni@tc.columbia.edu or 212-678-3215. We will update this page with a notification as soon as we are able to welcome alumni and visitors to our campus office once again.  

For your reference, here are the instructions on how to obtain an alumni ID card when we open our office again:

If you still want to access campus after you graduate, you must obtain an alumni ID card. This card grants you access to TC campus and all CU libraries. You must be on campus to obtain an alumni card. Please visit Grace Dodge Hall room 193 where you will be issued a letter verifying your alumni status. You must then present this letter at Card Services in Whittier Hall room 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. 

You can update your contact information and/or share personal and professional news with the TC community via TConnect: An Online Alumni Network, our online update form or by emailing us at tcalumni@tc.edu

Visit tc.edu/alumni/events. If you would like to suggest or host an alumni event in your region, email us at tcalumni@tc.edu.

Visit tc.edu/alumni/events. Under "Upcoming Events," click on the event you are interested in then click “Event Page.” 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.

Please contact the Office of the Registrar. Detailed instructions on how to request electronic or hardcopy transcripts can be found here. 

Please visit our Career Resources page.


Employers: If you have opportunities available to the TC Community, please reach out to Career Education & Professional Development at careerservices@tc.edu. 

Visit Gottesman Libraries's Alumni Privileges 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.

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

At the bottom of each TC Alumni Relations email, there are links to "Unsubscribe" or "Manage Your Email Preferences." If you wish you unsubscribe, you can also email your request to tcalumni@tc.edu.

Alumni Benefits


With an alumni ID card, you have free access to Teachers College campus and all Morningside Campus libraries for reading and research. Borrowing privileges are available at each library with a small added fee. To learn more, visit this page. You can also see a full list of library e-resources for alumni here

To obtain an alumni ID card, you must visit our office on campus. However, in the interest of the safety and well-being of our community, Alumni Relations is currently suspending walk-in alumni visits, including visits to obtain alumni ID cards (this decision was made on March 10, 2020). We will update this page with a notification as soon as we are able to welcome alumni and visitors to our campus office once again.  

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

Alumni receive lifetime access to their TC Google Apps account which includes access to Google Calendar, a TC Gmail address and unlimited storage for Google Drive. Follow the instructions in the UNI (University Network ID) Guide to activate your TC Google App account.

All alumni who graduated TC with a degree have access to TConnect: An Online Alumni Network. Log in to update your profile and search for fellow alumni by name, city, industry or academic program.

With an alumni ID card, you 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 this page. You can also view a list of available e-resources for alumni here

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

Network with fellow alumni in-person by attending an alumni event. View a full calendar of upcoming events on and off campus events here.

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.    

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 websiteContinuing Professional Studies also offers a 25% discount on all online courses for alumni. 

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.

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

Alumni can find job postings and career advice on the Career Resources Portal. Find more information here. Also, visit our Career Resources page for additional resources, such as the Teachers College Alumni Career Coaches Group, which offers discounted coaching rates to help TC alumni navigate their career journeys.

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 alumni@columbia.edu
 
Additional Columbia Events found using the links below.

The Teachers College Smarter Parenting (and Grandparenting) Series features talks with experts in their respective fields of education, psychology and health who provide evidence-based advice to help parents and grandparents navigate challenges that arise during the critical years of child development. Listen to podcasts of our past sessions here.

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