FAQ

When can I add or drop courses?
Current semester add, drop, and withdrawal schedules are available on the Office of the Registrar website.
What are the building codes?
Your course schedule will show a code for the building your class is in and also the room number. For a list of the codes visit the campus map.
How do I know what textbooks to buy?
Your student schedule on Oasis will list the textbooks for each class before the start of the semester. You can also check the syllabus for your class to see which texts are required. The Columbia Bookstore is located on the 1st floor or 624 S. Michigan.
What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?
Get detailed information from Student Financial Services.
Do I need an appointment?

The College Advising Center is an appointment driven office. For an appointment login to Oasis and select the Make Appointments tab. Click the Columbia Advising Center Appointments link and you will see your assigned college advisor's schedule.

If you are switching majors or having trouble with the online appointment system, you can call 312 369 7645 or stop by our front desk in Suite 300, 623 S. Wabash. You don't even need to know who your college advisor is; you just need to be a current student. 

If you feel that your situation is urgent you can still stop in without an appointment and we will help you.

What are the LAS codes?

You can find information on the Liberal Arts & Sciences Core here.

LAS Core Codes

FE - First Semester Experience
EN - Writing and Rhetoric
HL - Humanities Literature
HI - History
SC - Science
SL - Science with Lab
MA - Math
SS - Social Science
HU - Humanities
SP - Oral Communications

Diversity Requirements
GA - Global Awareness
PL - United States Pluralism

College-Wide Requirements
WI - Writing Intensive

Is there a placement test for foreign language classes?
Some courses do require a language placement test.  You can find out by clicking the "View" button under "Reqs."  Language placement tests are on OASIS under the "Students" tab. You must complete the test before registering for the foreign language class. 
What courses are considered Advanced Writing?

If you placed out of Writing & Rhetoric I in the New Student Assessment, then you will need to take an advanced writing course besides Writing & Rhetoric II to fulfill your English requirement. 

The preferred courses to count for Advanced Writing in English are:

52-2801 Writing for the Workplace
52-2802 Writing Digital Content
52-2809 Introduction to Writing Satire and Parody
52-2814 Writing Comedy
52-2816 Reviewing the Arts

NOTE: This is not the same requirement as Writing Intensive. You are required to take one Writing Intensive course at Columbia to graduate. Writing Intensive courses have a "WI" code in the OASIS course catalog. 

What math class should I take?

Mathematics placement is determined by a student's score on the ACT, SAT, or Compass placement test. Students may enroll in any course for which they are qualified, but should take care to ensure that they choose a class that aligns with their academic interests and mathematics experience. For further information on any of the courses listed below, please visit the online course catalog.

Compass score ACT score SAT score Course number Course name
0-33 0-16 0-410 56-1710 Basic Math Skills
34+ 17+ 420+ 56-1720 College Mathematics
56-1723 Liberal Arts Mathmatics
56-1728 Quantitative Reasoning
50+ 20+ 490+ 56-1724 Geometry in the Arts
56-1725 Math in Art and Nature
67+ 23+ 550+ 56-1721 Mathematical Ideas (online)
56-1722 Introduction to Statistical Methods
56-1726 Math for Marketing and Managenment
56-2710 College Algebra
75+ 25+ 580+ 56-2713 Precalculus

80+

27+

620+

56-2720 Calculus I
How can I find out about transfer credits?
Information on transferring credits into Columbia is available through the Degree Evaluation team in the Office of the Registrar.
How can I get information about Study Abroad?
Visit the International Programs site for information about Study Abroad.
What does this error message on OASIS mean?

The following are some commonly encountered error messages when registering online:

Registration is not currently allowed by the calendar. - You need to set your options to the semester you want to register for in OASIS. The Set Options button is at the bottom of the registration page.

You have not been assigned a date/time to register. - You need to contact the Office of the Registrar if you have not been given a time to register.

You have not met the requisites for the course. - Many courses have prerequisites that must be taken before you are allowed to take the course. To view the requirements for a course, click the "VIEW" button on the course schedule. If you believe you have met all the prerequisites and you are still getting this message, you need to contact the department that offers the course you want to register for.

Your maximum registered hours have been exceeded. - If you want to register for more than 18 hours you need authorization from a College Advisor in the College Advising Center. Contact the College Advising Center for more information. Our main number is 312 369 7645.

You have an Academic Hold. - You have a hold on your account because your are out of academic compliance. In order to clear this hold you need to meet with a College Advisor in the College Advising Center.

Registration/Transcript Hold - SFS- You have a hold on your account because you still have an open balance with Student Financial Services. Contact the SFS office for information on clearing this hold.