ID Cards, Email & Systems Access

ID Cards, Email & Systems Access

Your UNI account and ID card are fundamental identifications to do most work at Columbia. To log in to computer systems requires a UNI and password, and access to most buildings and services requires you to present or swipe your ID card. You will be assigned a UNI before your first day. Visit an ID Office to get your new Columbia ID card. 


Setting Up Access

Your "UNI" number serves as your email exchange and the log in for your computer and most online systems at Columbia.  You will be assigned a UNI before or on your first day, along with instructions on how to set up and manage your secure account and email. 

To activate your UNI account, set passwords, access email, or seek assistance, visit your campus IT service portal:

MyUNI (Morningside campus)

Medical Center IT

The University ID Card is your passport at Columbia. Keep the card with you at all times to enter campus buildings, take a shuttle, order services, and make purchases at campus cafes and the bookstore.  Your Columbia ID card also enables you to take advantage of cultural discount programs throughout New York City.

To obtain a Columbia ID card:

If your manager has entered your information, you can upload a picture and obtain your ID online.

You can also visit an ID Center on your campus (please bring a valid driver's license or passport):

Morningside Campus ID Center

204 Kent Hall
New York, NY 10027
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 212-854-7225

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Please note that we are closed on University Holidays.

Medical Center ID Office

P&S 1-405C 
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.


If you are in an office position, your computer should be set up for you on your first day. An IT specialist in your area will walk you through the set up. Talk with your supervisor about your computer needs and any software requirements. 

If you have any problems with your computer or email set up, please contact:

Columbia University IT (Morningside & Manhattanville)

Medical Center IT office

Computer Support 

After you are all set up, should you have issues with your computer, contact: 

CUIT Service Desk (Morningside & Manhattanville)

Medical Center Computer Support

  • Call 7 days a week at extension 5-Help (212-305-4357), option 5
  • Email [email protected]



MyColumbia is a portal for faculty and staff to access information, database systems and manage your personal data all one central place.

This is a secure portal requiring your UNI, password, and DUO authentication. If it's your first time, you will need to set up your DUO account.

What you'll find:

  • View pay check
  • Set up direct deposit
  • Manage contact and personal Information
  • View tax & W2 forms
  • Manage timesheets and absence requests
  • Access Columbia's financial, reporting, and HR database systems