Center for Student Advising

How do I take a leave of absence?

Talk to your Advising Dean. 

Voluntary Leaves are taken for a variety of reasons. For more information, review our FAQs for Voluntary Leaves.

Medical Leaves are for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years. For more information, review our FAQs for Medical Leaves.

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How do I change a major or concentration?

Columbia College: Complete the CC Change Major/Concentration Form and bring it to the CSA in 403 Lerner.

Columbia Engineering: Complete the SEAS Change Major/Minor Form, get departmental approval and a signature, and bring the form to the CSA in 403 Lerner.

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How do I declare a major?

Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students declare their majors online during the major declaration period in their sophomore year.  Engineering students declare in October; CC students declare in March.  Look for an email from your Advising Dean with a clickable link, or visit SEAS Major Declaration/CC Major Declaration to get started.

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Center for Student Advising

We bring together general academic advising, academic success programs, the Undergraduate Scholars Program, and the preprofessional advising.

Dean's Certification

Many law schools require a school official to submit certification letters on behalf of applicants. These documents generally contain information about the disciplinary records of students.

Law School: The Degree

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is a graduate degree; it normally takes J.D. candidates three years to complete the law school curriculum.

Registration with the Office of Pre-professional Advising

Students and alumni/ae planning to apply to law school should register with the Office of Pre-professional Advising the spring/fall prior to their application.

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