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Student Computing

Getting Started for Students

Before arriving on campus there are some steps you should take to ensure quick access to CUMC computing resources:

1. Activate your UNI
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 the first part of your CUMC email address ( and will allow you to access many resources including the wired and wireless networks, printing, Student Services, E-Resources, licensed software and discounted computing equipment.

Manage My UNI website will allow you to activate your UNI and select a password. Use the link to Activate UNI or Email and follow the instructions, or use the Forgot UNI? search box to look up your UNI by name if you do not know it yet.

  • University Policy dictates 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.
  • CUMC students must not configure automatic email forwarding of their institutional email to an external account including Gmail, Yahoo mail, etc. Severe academic, legal and financial penalties may be incurred if sensitive data is released, see the Email Use page for details.
2. Prepare your computer
Any computer using the CUMC wired or wireless networks 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 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 wired and wireless networks.
3. Learn about policies, technical support and resources at CUMC
  • Read the IT Security and Policies at CUMC Adobe Acrobat file handout to make sure you understand and have implemented required computer, account and network use policies and procedures.
  • For information and answers about available resources and support, see the links in the left navigation column of this page.
  • The CUMC IT Service Desk provides first level technical support for CUMC students, faculty and staff seven days a week. Click here for full information on student support procedures and requirements.

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Last updated 2/25/2015