Dear Students,

Welcome to Columbia Engineering and CVN! 

Please note that course registration typically begins about five weeks before the term. You will receive an email when course registration opens. 

Complete the steps outlined below to get started:

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:

For certificate and non-degree students, reach out to [email protected] if you have questions about your study plan.

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 select "[Desired Term] Course List".

Step 4: Activate UNI. Your UNI (University ID) is used to access your email and register for courses. It will take one to two weeks for your UNI to be generated in our system. You will not receive an email once it is generated, instead, you must look up your UNI and activate it by visiting: Please be sure to activate your UNI as soon as possible. 

If it has been more than two weeks since you have accepted your admissions offer and your UNI still has not been generated, please email [email protected].

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. We will send admitted students an email when registration officially opens, usually a month prior to the start of the term. Register for courses on SSOL by following these directions.  

Step 7: Accessing online courses. Log in to our Learning Management System (Courseworks / 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: Then, complete this form so that we have your shipping address. Even if you have already emailed CVN, you still must complete this form. Our staff will pick up your ID and will mail it to you.

For students newly admitted for Summer 2022, requests for IDs (mail or pick up) must be submitted no later than 4 PM ET on Friday, June 17, 2022. If you prefer to pick up your ID directly from CVN, please email [email protected] to arrange a pick-up time (in-person ID pick-up will depend on the University's guidance regarding health protocols). Otherwise, you must wait until the following semester to request your ID.  IDs will be mailed by Friday, July 15, 2022.

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 2  [email protected] - Logistics and technical questions regarding your online courses, questions about video lectures and proctoring

(212) 854-6447, option 4  [email protected] - Registration, billing, and vouchers

(212) 854-6447, option 5 [email protected] - Records and transcripts