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UNDERGRADUATE

The School of General Studies of Columbia University is the finest liberal arts college in the United States created specifically for returning and nontraditional students seeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League undergraduate degree full or part time.

GS is also home to innovative dual and joint degree programs open to all students, including those applying directly from high school, in partnership with List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Sciences Po, Trinity College Dublin, and City University of Hong Kong.

POSTBAC PREMED

The Columbia University Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program is the oldest and largest program of its kind in the United States.

With an internationally-recognized faculty, Columbia's commitment to postbaccalaureate premedical and prehealth students is proven by a placement rate of up to 90 percent of our graduates in American medical schools.

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Course Directory
Course Directory

Search for courses from the University Directory of Classes.

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Faculty

All undergraduate liberal arts courses are taught by members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, consisting of 29 departments.

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Clinical and Research Opportunities

Listing of open positions for Postbac Premed Program and undergraduate premedical and prehealth students.

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Transfer Students

In recent years, more than 75 percent of undergraduate students in our entering classes transferred credit to Columbia.

Cost of Attendance
Cost of Attendance

Information about tuition, fees, and living expenses for GS students.

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U.S. Military Veterans

GS helps make a traditional Columbia education accessible to eligible veterans who wish to pursue a rigorous undergraduate degree program.

Sciences Po Dedicates Reims Campus Library to Late Dean Emeritus Peter J. Awn

Yesterday evening, Sciences Po President Frédéric Mion hosted a ceremony in Reims to name the campus’ main library in honor of Peter J. Awn, late Dean Emeritus of the Columbia University School of General Studies (GS), who served as dean from 1997 to 2017, and as a professor of Islamic and comparative religion at the University for more than four decades.

From Syria to Columbia: One Refugee's Journey Between Music and Medicine

Sumar Frejat's path to GS is both unique and inspiring. Since fleeing Syria in 2010, he has explored the worlds of music, medicine, and academics. Now preparing to apply to medical school, Sumar has continued to take an active role on campus and reflect on his path to GS.

Hundreds of Alumni Reunite at Reunion Weekend

This year’s Reunion Weekend drew more than 500 GS alumni and their guests back to campus to reconnect, celebrate, and enjoy several new and exciting events.

Upcoming Events

Student Services

There are many resources available to you as a student to help you succeed in your academic career. 

Academic Advising

The Dean of Students Office is the primary advising resource for undergraduate students at GS.

Academic Resource Center

Dedicated to supporting the diverse nontraditional student body at GS in achieving academic excellence.

Tutoring

Wherever you are on the road to mastery, our tutors are here to help.

Help Rooms

We have help rooms for math, chemistry, physics, statistics, and writing that are open to all students.

Jumpstart Series

Jumpstart your first semester at Columbia and get a clear understanding of what it takes to succeed.

Student Organizations

We encourage students to become involved in programs and activities that enhance their educational experience.

Plan Your Campus Visit

Join us for an upcoming information session and campus tour to learn more about the School of General Studies, including curriculum details, program requirements, financial aid, and the application process. 

Upcoming Dates

Undergraduate Campus Visit
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 3:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Undergraduate Campus Visit
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 3:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Undergraduate Campus Visit
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 3:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Undergraduate Campus Visit
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 3:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Undergraduate Campus Visit
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 3:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Undergraduate Campus Visit
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Undergraduate Campus Visit
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 3:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Undergraduate Campus Visit
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM

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Plan Your Campus Visit

Join us for an upcoming information session and campus tour to learn more about the Postbac Premed Program, including curriculum details, program requirements, financial aid, and the application process. 

Upcoming Dates

Postbac Premed Program Campus Visit
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Postbac Premed Program Campus Visit
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Postbac Premed Program Campus Visit
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Postbac Premed Program Campus Visit
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Postbac Premed Program Campus Visit
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Postbac Premed Program Campus Visit
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Postbac Premed Program Campus Visit
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM

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Contact Us | Visit

The best way to understand GS is to visit us. We recommend that prospective students register for an information session and student-led campus tour to get the most of their visit to Columbia's undergraduate college for nontraditional students.

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Phone: +1 (212) 854-2772
Toll Free: (800) 895-1169

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Columbia University School of General Studies
408 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

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