Opening a Columbia Merchant Account

  • ORGANIZING AN EVENT?

    If you want to use credit card payments for a Columbia event, do not request a Columbia Merchant Account. Instead, contact Columbia University Events at calendar@columbia.edu.

FOR prospective MERCHANTS

 

What kind of merchant account are you seeking?

Choose the account type below that best meets your needs.

 

In-Person (credit card is present)

  • The credit card is physically present at the time of the sale.
  • To process the transaction, one of the following point-of-sale methods is used: a stand-alone terminal with a dial-up phone connection, a handheld terminal with a cellular connection, or another approved point-to-point encryption solution.

Over the Phone and/or By Mail (card is not present)

  • The Merchant collects credit card information from the cardholder over the telephone or via mail order.
  • The Merchant must process the transaction manually by keying the cardholder's information and transaction details into a University-approved Payment Gateway or into one of the in-person, point-of-sale terminal solutions described above.

Online / Website, over the Internet (card is not present)

  • The Merchant directs the cardholder to an online, Columbia University-hosted site or to a third party-hosted site.
  • The cardholder enters their own cardholder data and submits payment online through a secure website hosted outside of Columbia servers.
  • The Merchant is never in contact with cardholder data using this method.