Dear Students,

Welcome to Columbia Video Network! Please complete the steps outlined below to get started with us.

Step 1: Submit your official transcripts:

Step 2: Know your advisor (Degree students only). Be sure to reach out to your advisor before you get started with questions regarding course selection. Check in with your advisor regularly on your coursework progress:

Step 3: Course selection. Take a look at the course list and electives list for your degree or certification program, located under the “Fields of Study” on our website. Check the upcoming semester course listing by selecting the “Current Students” menu on our website, then "Spring 2019 Courses". To make changes to your course selection, email

Step 4: Activate UNI. It will take a few days for your UNI to be generated in our system, be sure to activate your UNI as soon as possible after it is generated. You will not have access to your email or online courses until the UNI is activated. Look up and activate your University ID (UNI): If you have any questions about your UNI activation, email

Step 5: Access email. Log in to your Columbia University email, using your UNI: Select “Email” tab at the top right menu. Choose “Lionmail” to log into your email.
It is important that you check your Columbia email on a regular basis for updates from your instructor, TA and from the CVN team. Please use your Columbia email for all University-related communications. Do not use your personal email address.

Step 6: Register for courses. Register for courses on SSOL by following these directions

Step 7: Accessing online courses. Log in to our Learning Management System (Canvas), using your UNI, to get access to your registered courses:

Step 8: Canvas Tutorial. Review the Student Guide to Canvas:

Step 9: Exam Proctoring. Review the Exam Proctoring Guide:

Step 10: Request an ID card. If you would like a Student ID mailed to you AND you are registered for the current semester, please upload your photo and ID release to the ID Center through the following link: Email the ID Office to let them know you give CVN permission to pick up your ID on your behalf. Finally, email your shipping address. Our staff will pick up your ID and will mail it to you. Mailing requests for IDs must be submitted no later than 4 PM ET on Monday, October 5, 2020.  IDs will be mailed by October 10, 2020. Otherwise, you must pick up your ID in person or wait until the following semester. 

Step 11: Important Dates and Deadlines. Become familiar with semester dates and deadlines by visiting the Academic Calendar, located under the “Resources” menu on our website:



(212) 854-6447, option 5 - Logistics and technical questions regarding your online courses, questions about video lectures and proctoring.

(212) 854-6447, option 3 - Registration.

(212) 854-6447, option 4 - Records.

(212) 854-6447, option 3 - Billing.