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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.

The Manage My UNI website will allow you to activate your UNI and select a password for it. 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 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 separate 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 your device will automatically enforce this.
3. Learn about requirements, technical support and resources at CUMC
  • All new students must complete online Privacy and Security Training. Keep in mind that this is an annual requirement and will need to be repeated every year.
  • Read the IT Security and Requirements 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 5/11/2017