General Studies

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

  • 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 Irena Wolner
    Irena Wolner '08 -
    “Growing up in Lithuania during the Cold War, I didn’t really know what freedom was, a fact I learned quite dramatically when Soviet troops attacked my country’s only TV station i..  Continue ...
  • GS Alum Erich Erving
    Erich Erving '06 -
    “School and I never got along: my third grade teacher had me tested for the gifted program; my fourth grade teacher for special ed. By high school, I had enough and dropped out. I didn't ..  Continue ...
  • GS alumna Lauren McFall.
    Lauren McFall '08 -
    “When I was training as a synchronized swimmer, I was in the pool too early to watch the morning news, and after a 10-hour day of training, I was too exhausted to do anything but fall asleep...  Continue ...
  • Columbia GS Alumna Mason Beard '04
    Mason Beard '04 -
    "When I decided to retire from my career as a professional ballet dancer, I accepted with some trepidation that I would be starting from scratch as I pursued jobs outside the dance world. Matr..  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 ...

  • 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 ...
  • 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 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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  • GS Alumnus Sean O'Keefe
    Sean O’Keefe '10 -
    "After leaving the military I knew I wanted to pursue the best education possible. Initially I thought a school like Columbia was out of my league, until I attended a regional information sess..  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 ...

  • Lakshmi Gopal '11
    Lakshmi Gopal '11 -
    "At GS I encountered professors and mentors who were keen and honest observers of the world they inhabit. I attended classes with an amazing variety of people, all of whom have enriched my lif..  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.

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• Date: May 04, 2015
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