Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a fee to attend an event?

No, all events sponsored by University Programs and Events are free.TOP

How do I register for an event?

Please go to the event listing, on the events page and click on the register button. Upon registering for an event, you will receive an email confirmation with further information. Only registrants on the final attendance list with proper photo identification will be admitted.TOP

I am on the waitlist for an event. What does this mean?

The event you have selected is at capacity. However, while on the waitlist you may have the opportunity to attend if space becomes available. You will be notified via email with details closer to the event date.TOP

Why is there no register button appearing?

This means registration for this event has not opened yet.TOP

How can I cancel my event registration?

If you are registered for an event and can no longer attend, it is important to cancel your registration to give others the opportunity to attend. Please refer to your original event confirmation email. You will find a link with directions on how to cancel registration. If you do not have your original confirmation email, please send an email to

Can I register for more than one person at a time?

No. Each guest must register individually.TOP

I am not affiliated with Columbia University, can I still register for an event?

Most events are reserved for members of the Columbia University community (students, faculty, alumni, staff, etc.) but some are open to the public. Online registration is required to attend events and only guests on the registration list with a photo ID will be admitted. Events that are only open to the Columbia community will require a UNI (University Network ID) to register and those open to the public will not require a UNI.TOP

How do I find out what my UNI is?

Every Columbia University student, faculty member, permanent staff member and alumni has a unique identifier consisting of their initials plus an arbitrary number. Please visit to look up your UNI, activate your UNI, or get information on how to have your password reset. If you are still having trouble, visit TOP

Will I receive a ticket?

No. Events are not ticketed. Upon registering for an event, your name will be added to the event's attendance list. Please note that registrants must bring a photo ID to the event. Only registrants on the final attendance list with proper photo identification will be admitted.TOP

Will I need to bring my email confirmation with me to the event?

No, the confirmation email does not serve as a ticket for admission to the event. You will be admitted only if your name appears on the event's registration list and you bring a photo ID.TOP

Where can I find directions to the Columbia campus and its buildings?

You can find driving directions and a campus map by clicking on the following link:

Is there parking?

We do not reserve parking for events. Please visit the following link for information on local parking:

How can I view images and / or videos from a past event?

Most events are photographed, video recorded and archived on our website. Click the Event Images / Videos tab at the top of the page or search by event to find its video link.TOP

I’m a member of the press. Who should I contact?

Please contact the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at (212) 854-5573 or visit their website at

How do I find out about upcoming events?

We encourage you to frequently check the University Programs and Events website as well as the Columbia University calendar for upcoming events that are posted throughout the year.TOP

I am registered for an event and need disability access arranged. Are the venues accessible?

Most University Programs and Events sponsored events take place in campus venues that accommodate people with disabilities and mobility issues. Please see the below listing of primary venues and disability access instructions. If you don't find the answer to your question regarding disability access within the information provided below, please contact the Disability Services office at or (212) 854-2388.

  • Alfred Lerner Hall
    • The Broadway, ground-level, entrance to Roone Aldridge Auditorium is wheelchair accessible, as well as the campus entrance to Alfred Lerner Hall. All guests will need to check-in at the security desk in the lobby.
  • Faculty House
    • Faculty House is wheelchair accessible through Wien Courtyard on 116th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive.
  • The Italian Academy
    • The Italian Academy is accessible via the side building entrance, just past the main entrance to Italian Academy, on Amsterdam Avenue.
  • Low Memorial Library
    • Low Memorial Library is located on upper campus.
    • The northeast building entrance is the only ground-level wheelchair accessible entrance to Low Memorial Library.
    • If entering campus via the120th Street gate entrance, take the building elevator to upper campus level and proceed to the northeast building entrance to Low Library.
    • From Broadway or Amsterdam Avenues, travel along College Walk to Dodge Hall and use the elevator at the east end of building to access upper campus. Prior authorization from Disability Services, 212.854.2388, to your CUID card is needed to operate this elevator. University guests can alert a Public Safety officer, stationed on College Walk at both the Broadway and Amsterdam entrances, for assistance upon arrival to campus.
  • Miller Theatre
    • The north most ground-level, entrance on Broadway, opens into the Miller Theatre lobby. Guests can use the wheelchair lift in lobby to access theatre and assistance from Miller Theatre staff or Public Safety, stationed in the lobby, is needed to operate lift.
  • SIPA - Kellogg Center
    • The SIPA Kellogg Center, Room 1501 on 15th floor of International Affairs Building (IAB) is wheelchair accessible by using the 420 West 118th street entrance to IAB between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive.
    • Please note: The 15th floor restrooms are not accessible. The closest accessible restrooms are located on the 14th floor, which is accessible via the main elevators.