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Support GS on Columbia Giving Day

Nontraditional students come to the Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) with diverse stories of challenges and success. As the demand for flexible educational programs continues to increase, so too does the need for additional financial aid resources. Approximately 70 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and all GS students are eligible to apply for institutional scholarships regardless of enrollment status, citizenship, or academic history.

Below, we've shared the stories of some of our incoming students, as well as current students who have been helping during the COVID-19 pandemic. With your support, we can provide parents, first-generation college students, refugees, formerly incarcerated students, athletes, veterans—individuals with countless inspiring stories and backgrounds—the opportunity to pursue their dream of a Columbia education, and to continue changing lives that change the world.

Ways to Support GS

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Dual Degree Programs

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Premedical Program

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Yellow Ribbon Fund for
Veteran Scholarships

78 Students Inducted into GS Honor Society

On Wednesday, October 21, faculty, staff, friends, and family gathered virtually to celebrate the induction of 78 students into the School of General Studies Honor Society. The GS Honor Society was created in 1997 to recognize the exceptional academic achievements of GS students who have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.8 in more than 30 points of academic coursework at Columbia.

Battle with Illness Drives Mesa CC Student to Columbia and Princeton

After four years spent discovering a love of learning at Mesa Community College in Arizona, Robbie LeDesma '14 experienced a critical medical crisis that inspired him to take his education more seriously. With a solidified direction, LeDesma completed his associate degree with almost double the number of required credits, a major scholarship to a university in Arizona, and the necessary skills and confidence to enroll at Columbia. LeDesma graduated from GS in 2014 and is finishing up his final year as a Ph.D student at Princeton University, where he is studying molecular biology. 

Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration to Host College Fair with More Than 100 Schools in Attendance

On Friday, October 30, the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) will host a virtual college fair for active duty service members and military veterans interested in enrolling in two- and four- year institutions. Representatives from more than 100 institutions will be available to speak with students, including the Columbia University School of General Studies, Princeton, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, and more.

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