No. Upon admittance into a summer sessions program, you must complete necessary Next Steps in order to register. Failure to complete the Next Steps (i.e. activate UNI, submit admissions verification documentation, etc.) will prevent students from adding courses to their schedule.
People admitted to study at Columbia University who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must be a full-time student at Columbia—registered for at least 6 points of credit-bearing courses in a 7-week session or 12 points of credit-bearing courses in the entire 14-week summer period—in order to be eligible for a student (F-1) visa.
If you are on a student visa with another U.S. institution, you should check with that institution’s International Student Services Office to confirm the requirements.
There are a few non-credit courses in the summer; however, the majority of classes are for-credit. Please review the course pages to check the course credits. Students on a Columbia sponsored visa cannot take a non-credit class to forgo the 6-point visa requirement.
In order to drop all of your classes, you must submit a Notice of Withdrawal Form. Once you submit this web-based form, it will automatically be routed to the SPS Student Affairs Office.
Transcripts can be sent to:
Office of Enrollment Management School of Professional Studies 203 Lewisohn Hall 2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119 New York, NY 10027-6902
You can view your bill on SSOL under “View Most Recent Activity.” The Summer billing schedule dates can be found here.
Please contact Student Financial Services with any questions: Phone: +1-212-854-4400 Email: sfs [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu
Students can withdraw for a full tuition refund up until the last day of the Change of Program period. Following the Change of Program Period, the University will retain a certain percentage of tuition. Please review the comprehensive tuition refund schedule on the:
Only the other institution can determine if credits earned through the Visiting Program will transfer to the degree. This includes transferring credits into degree programs at Columbia University.
Current Columbia Students FAQ
Matriculating Columbia students do not need to apply for Summer Sessions.
Students enrolled in an undergraduate school (CC,GS, SEAS) will have registration/ enrollment appointments on SSOL for Summer Sessions. Some graduate schools will be able to register via SSOL; however, please consult with your program adviser to confirm.
Waitlists are available for the summer term. If a preferred class is full, we encourage students to add themselves to the waitlist and enroll in an alternate course.Often students will change their courses through the last day of Change of Program and students can get into their first choice course.
Barnard students do not need to apply for Summer Session; however, prior to registering for summer class(es), students should submit the Application for Approval of Summer Session Courses to the Barnard Registrar’s Office. Once approved, you should be able to register/ enroll for classes via SSOL.
If you have been accepted to Columbia College for Fall 2024, you can take classes in the summer before your studies begin by applying to the Undergraduate Visiting Program. Please consult with an Admissions Counselor at summersession [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu to obtain proper application instructions.
Transcripts are generally required for all summer program applications. Please check with an Admissions Counselor at summersession [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu to confirm.
If you plan to register for a Barnard summer class, please review the dates and procedures on this page. A Barnard summer class can be identified by looking at the “Notes” section in the Directory of Classes. Please note Barnard summer classes may differ in billing and academic policies than courses taken at SPS. Please be sure to read and understand these policies prior to registering.