Learn about ARC

Learn about Accounting and Reporting at Columbia (ARC) at Columbia University.


What is ARC?

Accounting and Reporting at Columbia (ARC) is a PeopleSoft Financials Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that gives the University the ability to manage and track all of its diverse financial activities.

ARC Modules

ARC performs numerous critical functions. ARC itself is a series of modules including the General Ledger, Commitment Control (mainly used for budget tracking), Project Costing (mainly used for sponsored and capital projects), and the Procurement modules.

ARC performs numerous critical functions, including:

ARC Session Timeout

To be compliant with University security guidelines, ARC will log users out of the application after a 30 minute period of inactivity.  However, two minutes before the session timeout, ARC provides a warning that your browser session is about to expire.  You then have the option of continuing with your current session by clicking the OK button in the warning message.

For additional information on ARC and to receive training for an ARC role, visit Introduction to ARC.


There are a number of introductory trainings available in our Training Library that will guide you through working in ARC, including (but not limited to):

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