Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) provides services, tools and support to help you succeed in and outside of the classroom. When you need tech help on campus, you can contact the CUIT Service Desk.
Before classes begin, we recommend you take a few moments to become familiar with some technology basics, from connecting to WiFi to on-campus printing. Learn more about navigating CourseWorks to safeguard your electronic device as you get ready for the first week of classes!
Activating your UNI
The first and most important step you need to take before arriving at Columbia is activating your University Network ID (UNI). Your UNI is the log-in name and password you will use to access many online services at Columbia. Your UNI is also the first part of your official Columbia email address.
Once you have successfully activated your UNI, you will be able to access Columbia's secure online applications, including Student Services Online (SSOL), CourseWorks, online library resources, and much more.
Connecting to WiFi
High-speed WiFi and Internet access are available to everyone, including visitors, inside and outside most buildings on all Columbia University campuses. On your device, you may join the more secure WiFi option, “Columbia U Secure,” which we recommend — or the open network “Columbia University.”
Students living in the residence halls have access to a high speed 802.11N wireless network. Keep in mind that the use of personal wireless routers is not allowed due to issues of network reliability and security.
Data Privacy & Security
Columbia University maintains certain policies with regards to the use and security of its computer systems, networks and information resources. All students using Columbia's network and systems — regardless of whether you are using a personal device to access them — must adhere to the Columbia University IT policies. These policies govern privacy, data monitoring, acceptable usage, proper conduct and ways to safeguard your own privacy and security.
Read the policies
Printing with PawPrint
PawPrint provides you with a simple and flexible way to print in many locations on campus. Single- or double-sided documents printed in black and white cost 0.10 Printing Dollars per sheet; single-sided documents printed in color cost 1 Printing Dollar per sheet. If you expend your total amount, you can purchase additional Printing Dollars online at the PawPrint Print Center.
You can manage your courses with CourseWorks (also known as “CW” or “Canvas”), which is Columbia's learning management system. On CourseWorks, you can access your syllabi, discussion boards, online assignments and tests.
Engraving your Devices
Public Safety can facilitate the engraving of your laptop, mobile devices or other property with a unique code to make it easy to identify your property if it is stolen. To learn more and make an appointment, visit the Public Safety website.
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