General Studies

  • Current GS Student PJ Bodner
    PJ Bodnar '10 -
    “I joined the police force to serve my community and, after I was wounded in the line of duty, I wanted to continue to serve. I chose GS and moved to New York because I really feel that, if y..  Continue ...
  • Columbia University's Low Memorial Library

    Low Memorial Library was completed in 1897 and served as the main library until 1934. Today this landmark building functions as the administrative center of the University and houses the offices ..  Continue ...

  • Columbia Ballet Collaborative

    The Columbia Ballet Collaborative was founded in 2007 by five professional ballet dancers enrolled at the School of General Studies, and is now comprised of students from all three of the Universit..  Continue ...

  • Sergei, a recent GS alumnus from Ukraine, is pursuing dreams of being a dentist.
    Sergei Kuznetsov '09 -
    "The instructors here, who are in many cases the leaders of their respective disciplines, set high standards for students, and I'm pleased to find they challenge my way of thinking: Be it ..  Continue ...
  • GS Alum Krystine Keeler
    Krystine Keeler '08 -
    "Leaving my close-knit family and my life long friendships behind when I moved to New York from California to attend GS was very hard, but it was something I had to do. I was fortunate to have..  Continue ...
  • Columbia GS Veterans on Today Show

    In honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013, Columbia University School of General Studies student-veterans appeared on The Today Show.

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  • Retired New York City fire-fighter David Drury is a Columbia GS alumnus.
    David Drury '08 -
    "I may not look like a typical college student, but on this campus I feel like one, even though I have three college-aged sons. They are proud that I’ve gone back to school, and their su..  Continue ...
  • Columbia University Aerial View

    Columbia University's Morningside Campus sits at 116th Street and Broadway in New York City. It houses the three undergraduate schools—the School of General ..  Continue ...

  • Anthony Carter
    Anthony "Acar" Carter '08 -
    "As a kid, when my mom Fannie Mae went to church in the evenings, I spent my time repairing neighbors' knob-less black and white TVs needing antennas or their faulty light switches that sp..  Continue ...
  • GS Alum John DeSerio
    John DeSerio '08 -
    "Having grown up the son of a hardworking plumber, I learned early that my career had to be something I loved doing, not just a job. That’s one of the reasons I became a professional bal..  Continue ...
  • GS Alum Jacquie Wayans
    Jacquie Wayans '08 -
    "I am a single mom of three who used to live in one of the poorest economic sections of the Bronx. In my quest to secure strong public schools for my kids, I ended up motivating and teaching o..  Continue ...
  • GS Alum Thomas Westphal
    Thomas Westphal '09 -
    "When I was 14, I played the lead in my high school’s production of Bye Bye Birdie—I wore a gold lamé suit, and all the girls loved me. That’s when I fell in love with..  Continue ...
  • GS Alum Dina Bateman
    Dina Bateman '07 -
    “As long as I can remember I wanted to be a doctor, but somewhere along the way I lost confidence in myself. Then in my first semester at GS, I was captivated by my Frontiers of Science class..  Continue ...
  • GS Alum Samantha Jackson
    Samantha Jackson '11 -
    “I am guided by the African principle Sankofa, which means to return to the past in order to build for the future. Thus, I have decided to study at Columbia for the purpose of building a futu..  Continue ...

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 the oldest and largest Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program in the United States, the Joint Program with Jewish Theological Seminary; the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po; and the Joint Bachelor's Degree Program between the City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University.

• Date: August 31, 2015 - September 07, 2015
• Date: August 31, 2015
• Time: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm EDT
• Date: August 31, 2015
• Time: 03:00 pm - 03:50 pm EDT