Registration Procedures | Resources and Contacts
Course Prerequisites | Cross-registration

Registration for New Students

Once they have attended a Postbac Planning Session and had their initial program planning meeting with their advisors, new students will be able to register for their first semester of courses using Columbia's online registration system. They do not need to defer registration until after taking placement exams; however, in some cases, exam results may require students to revise their registration. Students will not be able to register for classes until Student Health Services has received documentation of their immunizations against measles, mumps, and rubella.

Canceling Registration

New students who decide to defer their admission or not to matriculate at GS after having registered for classes, but before classes have begun, must contact their Postbac Premed advisor to complete the paperwork required for canceling registration. Students should also notify the Office of Admissions. Failure to complete this required paperwork in a timely fashion will result in the student being liable for tuition and fees for the term in question.

Registration Process for All Students

Prior to meeting with their advisors about registration, students should consult the Curriculum section of the website in order to plan a schedule of classes. The website provides current course descriptions, as well as times and locations of classes. Students may also consult the Columbia University Directory of Classes for detailed information. Students plan their programs with the help of their Postbac Premed advisors. The advisor must approve the original program as well as any subsequent changes. If any course requires permission of the instructor or department, a student is responsible for obtaining that permission.

After receiving the approval of the advisor on the registration form or by email, students are permitted to register online during registration and change of program weeks. The dates for these registration periods are published in the Postbac Calendar and on the Registrar’s Calendar. Students will need their University Network Identification (UNI), Columbia Student ID number (PID), and all relevant course numbers in order to complete the registration process. All students are encouraged to participate in the registration period each fall and spring to reserve seats in courses for the following semester.

Changes to Registration

Students can make changes to their registration online during the registration and change of program periods each semester, but all changes must be approved by their respective academic advisors.

Registration Holds

A “hold” on an account prevents a student from being able to register. Students may check for holds by going to Student Services Online (SSOL). Possible reasons for having a hold include significant debt to the University (financial hold), failure to provide evidence of required inoculations (health hold), overdue library books (library hold), or other academic or administrative reasons within GS (dean's hold). A student with a dean's hold must contact his or her Postbac Premed advisor.

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Registration Resources and Contacts

Columbia University Directory of Classes

Online Registration: Student Services Online

Online Registration Instructions

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Course Prerequisites and Instructor Approval

Prerequisites are specified in the individual course listings available in Course Offerings. Prior to registering for courses, students should make sure they have met the prerequisites for the course. If prerequisites are not specified for upper-level courses, students are advised to consult with the instructor on the first day of class. Students should not register for courses if they have not met the stated prerequisites. However, in exceptional cases, students may be granted permission to enroll in such courses by demonstrating to the instructor that they have competence equivalent to the prerequisites. The instructor will then give permission for the student to register for the course, either on paper or electronically.  Some courses, especially seminars and colloquia, require the instructor's permission even when the student does have the prerequisites; students using the online directory of classes should note whether instructor approval is required.

Several departments that limit enrollment in their upper level seminars and colloquia have special application processes. Students are responsible for following special application or registration processes specified by individual departments for these limited-enrollment courses.

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Cross-registration into Other Columbia Divisions

Students who wish to take courses in one of Columbia's graduate or professional schools or programs must receive written approval from GS as well as from the appropriate professional school or program. Cross-registration petition forms are available in the Dean of Students Office. The student must be in good academic standing within the Postbac Premed Program and must have a compelling reason, consistent with his or her academic goals, for cross-registering. All work for these courses must be completed within the term in which the student is enrolled. In most cases, students will seek their premedical advisors’ approval. In some cases, however, it may be necessary to petition the Premedical Committee.

Note: Postbac Premed students are not allowed to register for professional courses administered through the School of Professional Studies unless that course is cross-listed within an Arts & Sciences department or program offering an undergraduate major or concentration.

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