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Student Computing

Getting Started for Students

The following steps can be taken before arriving to campus to help to ensure quick access to CUMC technical resources:

1. Activate your UNI
Your University Network I.D. consists of a string of letters (typically your initials) and numbers that is unique among Columbia students and affiliates. It is your username for many resources including wireless, Student Services, Security and Privacy training, E-Resources, licensed software and discounted computing equipment.

Go to the Manage My UNI website to activate your UNI and select a password for it. Use the link to Activate Your UNI or Email and follow the instructions, or use the use the Look up your UNI link on the My UNI page to search for your UNI by name if you do not know it yet.

  • University requirements dictate that you must always keep your UNI password secret; you are fully responsible for your account. If you share your password with anyone, your account may be suspended or permanently invalidated.
  • Your CUMC email account is a separate account from your UNI. When your email account is created you will receive instructions on activating and setting it up. Also be sure you are complying with CUMC Email Use requirements.
2. Prepare your computer and mobile devices
Any computer or device using CUMC resources such as campus networks or email must:
  1. Have all of its current critical operating system updates.
  2. Be virus and malware-free with working, updated security software.
    The Safe Computing pages can help you with these steps, including installing the Columbia licensed Symantec Endpoint Protection program.
    TIP: be sure to see the Software Discounts page for a list of free and discounted programs including Microsoft Office.
  3. Be set up to connect to the campus networks.
  4. Mobile devices must be encrypted; note that configuring CUMC email on a mobile device will automatically enforce this.
3. Learn about requirements, technical support and resources at CUMC

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Last updated 8/07/2018