New Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for this year's New Student Orientation Program?

An invitation to register for the New Student Orientation program will be generated to all newly admitted students to the email address associated with your Teachers College admissions application.

The invitation will also accessible via the Admitted Student Portal. To access the portal, the email address and password associated with your admissions application is required.

Where do I check-in for Orientation?

Check-in location information will be published within your email invitation and upon registration for our New Student Orientation (NSO) program. 

Fall Admits:

If you are planning to attend the morning segment of our NSO program, check-in is located at Lerner Hall, Columbia University until 10:00am. 

If you are planning to attend the afternoon segment only of our NSO program, check-in is located at Teachers College until 2:00pm. 

Spring & Summer Admits:

Check-in is located in Horace Mann Hall, Room 140. 


For check-in related inquiries, or if you have not received an email invitation for our NSO program by early August, please contact orientation@tc.edu

When is New Student Orientation (NSO)? Where can I find the schedule of events?

New Student Orientation 2019 will be held on Tuesday, September 3. The schedule of events will be generated to students with the event reminder email. 

In an effort to be more environmentally conscious and sustainable, limited number of programs will be available the day of. Students are encouraged to print or download their program in advance. 

Can I bring a guest to the New Student Orientation program?

Space is limited to new Teachers College students only. Guests are encouraged to explore the beauty of your new home, New York City. Click here for a Columbia University Self-Guided Walking Tour. 

Who should I contact about academic advisement?

Please contact your Academic Department and/or Program directly. Academic Orientation operates in partnership with NSO programming but is organized by individual Departments/Programs.

Is attendance mandatory for New Student Orientation?

While New Student Orientation programming and events and activities are not mandatory, we strongly encourage incoming graduate students to attend as it is a great opportunity to meet fellow classmates, administrators, and faculty. Activities are intended to help familiarize and orient new students with College resources and build community before everyone gets busy with academics!

How do I obtain my Student ID card?

ID Cards may be obtained by visiting the Office of Card Services located in Whittier Hall (Suite 1B, Office of Residential Services). 

Uploading your photo prior to visiting Card Services is strongly encouraged. Failure to do so may result in extended wait-times. The photo must be passport-style and meet the below specifications:

  • 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 will be accepted
  • The file cannot exceed 100k in size

All first time issuances of a University ID Card requires the recipient to show a valid U.S. ID or passport. Initial ID Cards are issued at no charge.

An activated UNI is required to upload your ID photo

What organizations should I expect to see at the Involvement Fair?

The Involvement Fair will feature a number of currently recognized Student Groups/Organizations. We encourage you to socialize and network with current student leaders and members. Get involved at TC!

Please Note: List of participating Organizations will be updated on an on-going basis.

The Fall 2019 Involvement Fair will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 4 - 6pm.

Getting Started at TC

Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes begin?

The Fall 2019 term begins on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Students are also encouraged to review Academic Calendar for additional important dates.

Please note, Teachers College operates independently of Columbia University; therefore, our academic calendar and fee schedule may differ. 

What is the myTC Portal? 

The myTC Portal is your one-stop shop for accessing services at TC. To access the portal, students must have an activated UNI, which is the primary account for Columbia University Students. To activate your UNI, visit http://uni.columbia.edu/.

The myTC Portal provides access to: 

  • Campus-wide Announcements and Alerts
  • Courses and Registration
  • Grades and Student Records
  • Software and Tools
  • CIS Service Help Desk
  • TC Gmail* & G Suite

*TC Students should be utilizing their University-affiliated Gmail account for all official course/administrative correspondences for confidentiality and privacy purposes. 

Where can I learn more about financial aid? 

To learn more about financial aid options, including grants, fellowships, and awards, students are encouraged to visit the Office of Financial Aid's webpage. For more specific questions, students can email financialaid@tc.columbia.edu

Did you know... OSA Sponsors Student Grants & Awards!

To learn more about eligibility and deadlines, visit our Grants, Fellowships and Awards page.

What dining options are available at TC?

Dining Services offers several meal plan options, including TC Dining Dollars and Flex Accounts. Click HERE to view the weekly  café menu. 


Below are several of the dining options available at TC:

Dining Hall

During the academic year, CulinArt, located in Grace Dodge Cafeteria, serves an array of hot and cold meals, beverages and snacks.

Everett Library Cafe

Everett Cafe, located outside of the Gottesman Library, serves Starbucks coffee and a variety baked goods, grab n' go salads, sandwiches and snack packs.

Avenue C

Avenue C Micro Market, set in the heart of Whittier Hall, brings  a new dynamic to food service options at TC. Avenue C provides pure convenience on the run with round-the-clock access to fresh foods, snacks, hot and cold beverages, sundries, and other essentials.

A wide variety of gluten-free, vegan, kosher, organic and all-natural snack and meal options are always available. 

Are there intercampus transportation services available?

The Intercampus Shuttle provides an efficient, timely and safe means for faculty, staff, and students to travel between Morningside, Lamont, Manhattanville, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and Harlem Hospital campuses. The Intercampus shuttle runs Monday through Friday, excluding University holidays. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit http://transportation.columbia.edu/intercampus.

Where are printing stations located on campus? 

Teachers College offers multiple printing platforms to students, GoPrint (TC only) and PawPrint (CU-wide). For more detailed information on printing and computing information services at Teachers College, students are encouraged to visit the Student Technology site of CIS' webpage. 

GoPrint provides TC students with free and paid printing options. GoPrint allows students to redirect print jobs and check their balances. It requires a UNI login to authenticate the print job, thus preventing theft of your printing funds. Printing funds are allocated into the following Purses:

  • Semester Allowance Purse
  • Pay 5 Cents Per Page Purse
  • Current Semester 1600 Page Allowance Purse
  • Current Semester 800 Page Allowance Purse

Unused money in any Allowance printing purse is NOT rolled over to the following semester. Only funds in the Pay 5 Cents Per Page Purse are retained after each semester ends.

On the first day of each semester, $16 is added to each student’s Teachers College GoPrint Semester Allowance Purse. This allows students to print out 320 pages per semester.

GoPrint can be used in:

  • 242 Horace Mann Computing Support Center
  • 345 Macy computer classrooms
  • Everett Lounge (Zankel Hall 1st floor)
  • 10th floor of Whittier Hall


Students have additional free pages available through Columbia University’s PawPrint and this service can be accessed at the Gottesman Libraries at TC.

What services and resources are offered by the Office of Student Affairs?

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) oversees a wide-range of student-centered services and resources, including:

Another parallel area that OSA routinely supports and works closely with is the Office of Career Education & Professional Development



Where can I learn about resources on campus?

There are a few places to receive this information. Here are our suggested sites to help you get started:

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