Getting Started for Students

The following steps can be taken before arriving on campus to help ensure quick access to CUIMC technical resources. The Student Computing at CUIMC and Remote Resources for Students pages have more information and help with available resources.

1. Activate your UNI

Your UNI (University Network ID) consists of a string of letters, typically your initials, followed by random numbers. UNIs are unique among Columbia students and affiliates. It is your username for many resources including wirelessStudent ServicesHIPAA trainingonline databases and journals, and discounts on IT Equipment and Software

See our video tutorial for activating your UNI, or simply 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. If you do not know your UNI yet, there is a Find your UNI link on the Account Activation page (after accepting University policies).  IMPORTANT:

2. Prepare your computer and mobile devices

Any computer or device using CUIMC resources such as campus networks, email, and other applications must:

  1. Have all of its current critical operating system updates.
  2. Be virus and malware-free with working, updated security software.
  3. If you will be on campus, set up the computer to connect to the campus networks.
  4. Mobile devices must be encrypted; note that configuring CUIMC email on a mobile device will automatically enforce this.

3. Learn about requirements, technical support and resources at CUIMC