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Checklist for New Students

This checklist provides a general outline of tasks to complete upon becoming a newly admited student to Teachers College. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Admitted Student Portal for a more comprehensive and personalized checklist. In general, all students should address all pre-enrollment matters such as submitting your final transcripts and immunization records. Important Note: Unresolved matters may affect your course registration process. 

The College-wide Orientation is hosted by Student Development & Activities, an area within the Office of Student Affairs. This Orientation program provides an overview of resources and services available to all students of Teachers College. Visit the SDA website for more information. 

Academic Orientation is hosted by your academic department and/or program. Unlike the College-wide Orientation, the Academic Orientation will be tailored according to the requirements of your department/program. Students are encouraged to reach out to their respective departments/programs directly for more information. A complete list of TC Academic Departments is available here.  A complete list of TC Programs / Specific Areas of Study is available here.

Students are required to activate their University Network ID (UNI) to access to the myTC Portal and a TC Gmail account. To activate your UNI, visit and select "Activate UNI or Email." Then follow the on-screen instructions. Your University Network ID (UNI) gives you access to your courses via the myTC Portal, as well as access to other College and University assets.

You may register online via the myTC portal (see "Courses" tab) or in-person at the Office of the Registrar located in 324 Thorndike Hall.

TC Apps Moodle is a management system that allows you to access information about your courses including syllabi, course materials, announcements, online discussions, and chat sessions. The classes in which you are enrolled are automatically listed in myTC. To access the site for your courses, simply click on the Courses tab, then Go to Moodle. Once in the system, you have access to all of the courses you are taking or teaching. For detailed instructions and/or additional assistance, please contact Computing Information Services (CIS).

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.

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 at 133 Thompson Hall, 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.

The University ID Card is your passport  to Teachers College and Columbia University.  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 DOLLAR$, 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.

Incoming students who have activated their UNI should upload their photo at their earliest convenience.

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 TC Office of Card Services located in Whittier Hall, Suite 1B.

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 TC's liaison with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on matters concerning TC's international community. Please contact OIS for additional information. 

Teachers College is committed to providing educational and professional opportunities for all individuals and assisting them in making their experience at Teachers College successful and positive. OASID works with all academic departments, faculty members and administrative offices in an attempt to ensure that individuals with disabilities can participate fully and equally in the Teachers College community.

To sign up for services and arrange for accommodations, contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities.

Part of the Office of Student Affairs, Insurance and Immunization Records is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all Teachers College students achieve compliance with New York State immunization requirements
  • Managing enrollment for the Columbia Health and Columbia Student Health Insurance plans
  • Providing general information and administrative support for the Columbia Health and Columbia Student Health Insurance plans

Immunization Records are due by September 7th, 2016 for new students beginning in the Fall of 2016!  

Are you a new student? Click HERE to get started.
Are you an International Student? Click HERE for Mandatory Insurance Information.

Students may elect to enroll in the Columbia Health Fee and the Columbia Student Health Insurance or waive the insurance after you register for classes and once the myTC portal is open (an email will be sent to all students to notify them).

Take some time to review your options for coverage. Students beginning classes Fall 2015 must register by September 30, 2016. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Insurance & Immunization Records.