Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar was established in 2016 and is responsible for managing the entire registration process.
The Office of the Registrar has three main areas of responsibility:
- Registration and Records: Maintain student academic records and administer the registration process.
- Curriculum and Academic Partnerships: Manage the college’s curriculum and partner with community colleges to create transfer guides and articulation agreements between institutions, facilitating an easier transfer experience for students.
- Degree Evaluation: Evaluate student records toward degree completion.
The Office of the Registrar sets up and maintains processes and systems that facilitate faculty development of the curriculum. Curriculog is a workflow system that is programmed and maintained by the Registrar’s staff. Departmental curriculum committees submit new courses, changes to existing courses, new programs, and changes to existing programs through this process. The new or changing curriculum makes its way through several layers of approval, and then once fully approved, routes to the Office of the Registrar for implementation.
More than half of Columbia’s incoming undergraduates have taken credit somewhere else, and they need to have it evaluated. The degree evaluation team in the Office of the Registrar interprets transcripts received in transfer and applies appropriate transfer credit to student accounts. This team also facilitates the graduation application process, and reviews each graduating students’ degree audit to ensure that all degree requirements are complete. Once all requirements are met, staff post the appropriate degree to the student account. The Office of the Registrar also plays an important role in the College’s Commencement ceremonies by organizing the student procession and ordering diplomas.
The Office of the Registrar collects and certifies final grades. Once final grades are confirmed, the staff runs several critical processes including satisfactory progress reports, unmet pre-requisite reports, and the dean’s lists. Grading deadlines are sent to faculty at the beginning of each semester.
Faculty often contact the Office of the Registrar with questions about dates, processes and forms. Below are frequently asked questions and helpful links.