A Guide to Working with Columbia


Thank you for your interest in working with Columbia University.

 If you are interested in career opportunities with Columbia University Facilities and Operations, please click here.

Over the past several months, we have experienced a significant increase in interest from construction-related vendors and contractors interested in working with Columbia.

In order to improve our service and provide a more timely response to interested vendors and contractors, we are currently updating our systems and will not be adding additional construction-related vendors/contractors to our portfolio at this time.

In preparation for working with us, please read below for information on our requirements and getting started.   

This guide provides basic information for individuals and firms interested in developing a business relationship with Columbia University. It is designed for firms seeking construction contracts including minority-, women-, and locally-owned (MWL) businesses; noncontruction vendors and consultants; and individuals interested in employment opportunities at the University.

As a matter of good business practice, Columbia adheres to the information described in this guide. It is important for businesses that are new to working with Columbia to understand these requirements in order to make the most of the various contracting opportunities that are available.


Doing business with Columbia requires some basic business capacities on the part of vendors.These include Web access and acceptance of credit cards, as well as basic financial reporting and administrative capabilities (such as order tracking and tax information). Regardless of size, any company wishing to do business with Columbia will be required to maintain the appropriate insurance and be prepared to provide high-quality goods and services, timely delivery, and competitive pricing. Additionally, companies must maintain an ethical business conduct. This publication discusses the various levels of insurance requirements. For more information on these requirements and resources that may help guide you, please select from the guidelines listed below or contact the appropriate department listed at the end of this page.


Contact Information

M/W/L construction-related firms interested in learning more about opportunities at Columbia are invited to contact:

Construction Business Services and Communications
Columbia University Facilities

To learn more about employment opportunities at Columbia University, contact:

Employment Information Center
Columbia University
3180 Broadway (just south of 125th Street)
Monday--Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Certifying  Federal, State and City organizations that we accept MWL certifications from:

  • New York City Department of Small Business Services
  • New York Empire State Development Corporation
  • Port Authority of New York/New Jersey
  • Selected Certifying Agencies in other states as determined by Columbia University