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The following list is a general guide to assist all new TC students. All students are strongly encuraged to review the "Next Steps" checklist available on the Admitted Student Portal for more details, as there may be specific requirements pertaining to your student-status.

Confirm Intention to Enroll

If you have not already done so, please submit the Enrollment Response Form and tuition deposit to secure your spot in the incoming 2018 Fall class.

Submit Official Transcripts

All Teachers College programs that offer academic credit are graduate-level programs, and all require completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to attendance at Teachers College. Students may not enroll in a Teachers College program that offers academic credits until the Office of Admission has received official transcripts indicating a conferred baccalaureate degree or its equivalent. In addition, the Office of Admission must receive official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where a student has earned academic credit prior to the first semester of enrollment.

TC Gmail Address & UNI Activation

All Teachers College students receive a UNI and TC Gmail address. Items are generated within a few days after enrollment deposit is received.

Review the Academic Calendar & Registration Procedures

Registration procedures and policies are accessible via the Office of the Registrar and the TC Policy Library. Students are encouraged to review registration deadlines and cross-registration policies before registering for classes.

Review Financial Aid Package

It is preferable to have applied for financial aid prior to attending orientation, during the admission process. Financial aid status can be reviewed on the myTC Portal. If you received Work-Study eligibility, begin to review available jobs posted online via TC Human Resources.

Course Registration

Registration for new summer and fall students will be available on May 7. Please note that academic programs may require advisement prior to enrollment.

Programs are reaching out to new TC students either with advisement information. If you have not received information, students are encouraged to contact their Academic Program directly.

Upload Student ID Photo

The University ID Card is your passport to Teachers College and Columbia University (main campus).  It grants you access to the libraries and other buildings as appropriate, and borrowing privileges at the libraries, allows you to purchase services at various locations through Columbia University Flex Program, accepted flex locations and enables students to take advantages of various cultural discount programs in New York City. TC students can use their University Card to participate in TC Dollars, which enables you to tax free dining at TC.  

While each institution has its on card, you will only need one card throughout the Columbia community as one card can have multiple affiliations listed on the back of the card.  The card face type is dependent on a predetermined hierarchy.  The front of the card will also have an expiration date.  Prior to the expiration date, cardholders are encouraged to visit the appropriate ID Card Office for a replacement.

The back of each ID card lists the cardholder's role (Student, Employee, Officer, Visitor, Library Member, Retiree, Service Tech, Alumni, Member) and the associated institution (TC, CU, BC, UTS). Cardholders can have multiple institutions and roles on a single card.

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. ID Cards may be obtained by visiting the Card Services located in Whittier Hall, Suite 1B. 

To upload your ID photo, click here.

Tuition, Fees & Housing Payments

The financial planning process should begin well before you are admitted to the institution and continue throughout your academic career. Please contact the Office of the Bursar, located in Thompson 133 for information about payment options and important deadlines concerning Tuition and Student Fees.

Students that live in the Residential Halls, please contact Residential Services concerning payment options for Housing.

Submit Insurance & Immunization Documentation

Students are required by New York State public health law to submit adequate proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and to make a decision regarding receiving the meningitis (meningococcus) vaccination. Visit Insurance & Immunization Records (IIR), a sub-area within the Office of Student Affairs for more information.


International Services

The Office of International Services is an essential resource for international students, visiting scholars and faculty, and their dependents. OIS is responsible for providing immigration-related advice, assistance and documentation services, in addition to mandatory workshops about the responsibilities, requirements, and benefits of student immigration status. The OIS serves as the College's liaison with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on matters concerning TC's international community. 

Be sure to view events hosted by OIS to learn more about available services and resources. 

Explore Campus Housing

Students interested in on-campus housing are encouraged to submit the Housing Application as soon as possible. Application priority is partially determined by application date. For more information, please contact the Office of Residential Services at

Attend New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation/Welcome Day is hosted by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). This program provides an overview of resources and services available to all students of Teachers College. RSVP required.

Academic Orientation is hosted by your academic department and/or program, typically scheduled on Welcome Day. Academic Orientation will be tailored according to the requirements of your department and/or program. Students are encouraged to reach out to their respective departments/programs directly for more information.

A complete list of Academic Departments is available here.