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Enrollment / Registration Information

 

Once you have fulfilled all admissions conditions, new students must complete a number of steps involving registration, health insurance, immunization and financial aid.

If you have not yet completed the Admitted Student checklist, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with any questions about your admission status at the following email at gradmail@usild.us. Additionally, please contact your department regarding any department conditions of admission.

Topics Covered:

  • Log in to your USILD E-mail

  • Registration

  • International Students

  • Financial Aid

  • Student Account

  • Academic Integrity Policy

  • Local Address

  • Students with Disabilities

Log in to your Usild E-mail

After you submit your enrollment deposit, you should expect all communications to come to your Usild e-mail address.

  1. Locate your Usild studentID and temporary password, which can be found in your official admission letter. Your Usild studentID is a unique identifier assigned to each member of the USILD community.

  2. Use your Usild studentID and password (which may still be your temporary password) to log in to your e-mail for the first time.

  3. Explore other IT services you may use here.

  4. Check your e-mail regularly. Information about registration, orientation, and more will come to this e-mail address.

 

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to change your temporary password and set up some hint questions.

Note that Usild will never ask for your password outside of normal logging into various services. Do not share your password in any e-mail message or online form.

Registration

Registration will begin after fall course schedules are finalized in June. Your program will contact you to start the registration process and will assist you in selecting appropriate courses. If you do not hear from your program by August, please write the relevant Admissions Office on the Contacts page.

Detailed information about the registration process for new graduate students is available on the Graduate School’s Registration page. Please follow the procedures carefully.

If you have additional questions about the registration process, you may contact Graduate Student Services: gradstudentservices@usild.us.

International Students

  • The Office of Global Services assists with the student visa process and supports you throughout your time in School-based immigration status.

  • Within one week of submitting your enrollment deposit, you will receive an email invitation to activate your International Student Portal account, via which you will request a Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 or J-1 status (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019). This GU immigration document will serve as the basis for your visa application at a U.S. embassy or consulate. We recommend completing this process as early as possible.

  • International students who already hold another status valid for full-time study have no OGS reporting requirements.

Financial Aid

  • Log in to MyAccess to review your financial aid awards.

  • Be sure to submit all required paperwork and documentation to the appropriate financial aid offices. Instructions on how to submit each financial aid document will be included on each financial aid offer form.

  • Consult your department or email questions to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences if you are receiving a graduate scholarship, assistantship or fellowship award. General information on merit-based financial aid, including policies and procedures, is available on the Merit-Based Financial Aid page.

  • Contact the Office of Student Financial Services at finaid@usild.us.for more information on financing your education. Log in to MyAccess to review your financial aid awards.

  • Be sure to submit all required paperwork and documentation to the appropriate financial aid office. Instructions on how to submit each financial aid document will be included on each financial aid offer form.

  • Consult your department or email questions to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences if you are receiving a graduate scholarship, assistantship or fellowship award. General information on merit-based financial aid, including policies and procedures, is available on the program of Merit-Based Financial Aid page. Questions may be emailed to finaid@usild.us.

  • Contact the Office of Student Financial Services at finaid@usild.us. fi for more information on financing your education. They can also address questions about need-based aid.

Student Account

  • Log into MyAccess and review your student account.

  • Waive or accept the Student Health Insurance in MyAccess. Student Health Insurance is applied to full-time graduate students (enrolled in 8 or more credit hours or in Thesis Research). If you do not waive the insurance during the Open Enrollment period, the charge will be added to your account and can be reversed only upon receipt and review of an online waiver survey showing alternate insurance. Refer to the Student Health Insurance site for complete information.

  • Submit payment for any items for which you are responsible. Be sure to follow the billing schedule and due dates, available at: http://studentaccounts.usild.us/policies. Late fees will be applied for late payments and monthly services charges can be applied if as well if the payment is not made in full.

  • Submit documentation of third party sponsorship (if applicable).

  • Establish a refund profile for direct deposit of overpayments.

  • If you have questions regarding financial aid, contact the offices below for assistance:

    • Need-based aid (e.g. loans): Office of Student Financial Services

  • If you have questions about your student account, contact Revenue and Receivables.

Academic Integrity 

All students must abide to the Academic Integrity Rules. What is academic integrity so far? According to the International Center for Academic Integrity, academic integrity is “a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.” At USILD we commit to these values to honor the intellectual efforts of the global academic community, of which Columbia University is an integral part.

Local Address

You must update your local off-campus address. Students who do not do so by the deadline will receive a registration hold on their student account.

To satisfy the requirement, follow these easy steps:

  1. Log in to MyAccess

  2. Click “Personal Information”

  3. Click “View/Update Addresses and Phones”

  4. Click “Update Addresses and Phones”

  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Type of Address to Insert” and select “Local Off Campus”

  6. Click “Submit”

  7. Fill in your local off-campus address information, complete with apartment or unit number, if applicable, and correct zip code

  8. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Submit”  

Students with Disabilities

The USILD Academic Resource Center is available to assist and guide students with disabilities who may need access to accommodations. Contact information:

Students with physical disabilities can obtain information regarding accommodation services by emailing arc@usild.us.

Students with learning disabilities can obtain information regarding accommodation services by calling emailing arc@usild.us.

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