Students and Alumni
What your Interfolio account provides
The Center for Career Education offers online dossier or credentials file services through a partnership with Interfolio, Inc. Highlights of the service include many features frequently requested by student and alumni dossier file users:
- Secure and self-directed document management
- Accepted everywhere
- Secure and confidential document handling
- Multiple delivery options and reliable delivery tracking
Interfolio manages the operation of the dossier file service and stores dossier contents, while Center for Career Education staff provide counseling and guidance on how to obtain reference letters and prepare effective applications.
Who is eligible to use the Dossier Service?
Students and alumni of the following schools are eligible to use the Dossier Service:
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- School of the Arts
- Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
- School of Continuing Education (students enrolled in master's programs and post-baccalaureate certificate programs are eligible)
- The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (graduate students only)
- School of General Studies
Undergraduate students and alumni of Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Dossiers for undergraduate students and alumni of Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science applying to graduate school or fellowship programs are facilitated by the Center for Student Advising. To open a dossier account with the Center for Student Advising, please complete this packet and application form and return it to the Center for Student Advising's location in Lerner. For additional questions students should contact CSA directly at 212-854-8711 or the Office of Pre-Professional Advising at 212-854-8722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate students and alumni of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering may also individually create a dossier account through Interfolio, however these dossiers will be exclusively supported by Interfolio. The Center for Career Education and the Center for Student Advising do not currently administer Interfolio dossiers for undergraduate students or alumni of Columbia College or Columbia Engineering.
What can go into your Dossier file
Interfolio's internet-based service allows you to build a complete file of all your professional credentials where you can store your critical documents in a secure system, including:
- Confidential letters of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae(CV)/resumes
- Writing samples
- Dissertation abstracts
- Teaching evaluations
- Anything else you may need for your job search.
Creating a new Interfolio account
New dossier service users can register for an Interfolio account (www.Interfolio.com) at any time. Creating a new Interfolio account is simple. Please make sure to select "Columbia University - Dossier Service, Center for Career Education" as your "affiliation" on the Interfolio registration page. The annual account registration and maintenance fee of $19 per year is required. For more information, please visit the Interfolio web site.
Dossier Service users who previously held online accounts with the Center for Career Education Dossier Service prior to 2007 have been advised via email (to their address of record) that they should NOT register independently to open new accounts with Interfolio. Columbia's Center for Career Education has already created an account on their behalf and their letters of recommendation on record have been added to this Interfolio account. Interfolio notified Columbia's predecessor Dossier Service account holders by e-mail that their new Interfolio account was created and ready for activation. If you held an account with the previous Dossier Service but have not received your new login information, it may be because it was sent to an outdated email address that was not updated. Please email email@example.com for your login credentials.
Dossiers for Dossier Service users who held an account with the Center for Career Education prior to the service being offered online are held in an archival facility to preserve the integrity of these paper documents. Typically, those dossiers located in the Dossier Service Archive are for users who opened a dossier prior to 2003. Should you wish to have access to a dossier that is located in the Dossier Service Archive please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request that your credentials be retrieved. These Dossier Service users should also follow the instructions above and register for an Interfolio account (www.Interfolio.com.) Your original Dossier Service paper documents will be added to your new Interfolio account once your dossier is received from the Dossier Service Archive.
Instructions for letter writers
Letters of recommendation may be submitted in physical form, together with the document request form, to the Center for Career Education Dossier Service, using the address below. The Dossier Service will upload your confidential letters to Interfolio on your behalf. Letters may also be submitted electronically, through Interfolio's website. However, in order to electronically submit letters, writers will need to create a free Interfolio Recommendation Writer's Account. More detailed information about creating a Recommendation Writer's Account and using Interfolio can be found on Interfolio's Website. Writers can also view a screenshot of how to submit a letter here. Writers also have the option of sending recommendations directly to Interfolio at the address below. Document IDs can be found at the bottom of the document request form . Document IDs can also be obtained from email@example.com or by calling an Interfolio customer service representative at 1-877-77-FOLIO (36546).
Mailing address to submit letters to the Center for Career Education:
Center for Career Education Dossier Service
East Campus, Lower Level
2960 Broadway, MC 5727
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-9464 or (212) 854-3376
Mailing address to submit letters to Interfolio:
Expedited Processing Center
1900 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
By toll free phone: (877) 77-FOLIO (36546)
Phone: (202) 223-3358