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, Tel Aviv University, and City University of Hong Kong.
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.
MEET THE COLUMBIA GS CLASS OF 2020
Political Science (International Relations)
- U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant
- Director of Women Veteran Initiatives for MilVets and President of MilVets
- Campbell Award winner
- Social activist from Syria
- Scholarship for Displaced Students recipient
- Co-founded People Demand Change
- Actor on the Disney Channel, the CW, and ABC
- Dean's List
Plans to continue acting and pursue creative development in film and television
- Republic of Korea Army Sergeant
- GS Honor Society, Asimov Society, Dean's List, and Phi Beta Kappa
- Plans to engage in clinical research and global health projects and become a physician
- Professional ballet dancer
- GS Honor Society, Dean's List, Phi Beta Kappa, GS Service Award recipient, GS Mentorship Program
- Will continue dancing and pursue graduate studies
Political Science & Middle Eastern Studies
- From Damascus, Syria
- Scholarship for Displaced Students recipient
- Plans to work as an in-house paralegal while preparing for the LSAT and law school applications
- Tony Award winning producer
- The Joint Program with The Jewish Theological Seminary
- Captain of the Columbia sailing team (Division 1)
- Editorial intern at The Paris Review
- GS Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List, ARC reading and argument coach, University Studies teaching assistant
- Will begin doctoral studies in english at Harvard University in the fall
- From New York
- Transfer student from Hunter College and Borough of Manhattan Community College
Worked full-time as a leasing assistant at Columbia Residential
- U.S. Army veteran
- Introduced several bills that have become law on behalf of veterans
- Founder of High Ground Veterans Advocacy
Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species
- Raised in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community
- Certified EMT
- Plans to pursue an MFA
- Former celebrity hairstylist and business owner
- GS Honor Society, Dean's List
- Plans to pursue a career in finance and corporate real estate
Responding to COVID-19
Learn more about how GS alumni and students are responding to COVID-19.
- Previously worked as an RN & nurse volunteer for COVID-19 crisis in NYC
- Working with Project STAY conducting at-home STI & HIV tests
- Accepted to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai through linkage
- Assistant Professor of Medicine at Montefiore
- Leading team to treat patients at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx
- Infectious disease research coordinator at Hospital for Special Surgery
- Coordinated procurement of an experimental COVID-19 pharmacological treatment
- Implemented and administered HSS's COVID-19 Inpatient and Surgical Screening Registry
- Graduate student at the Mailman School of Public Health
- Leads team of CUIMC students helping follow potential COVID-19 cases
- Featured in Psychology Today discussing concerns of the opioid epidemic during the current pandemic
- First year medical student at LECOM
- Went on leave to work at school's health facility, LECOM Health
- Brand ambassador for Northwell Health
There are many resources available to you as a student to help you succeed in your academic career.
The Dean of Students Office is the primary advising resource for undergraduate students at GS.
Dedicated to supporting the diverse nontraditional student body at GS in achieving academic excellence.
Peer Advisors are available to discuss academics, campus resources, personal concerns, and the transition to the School of General Studies.
Wherever you are on the road to mastery, our tutors are here to help.
We encourage students to become involved in programs and activities that enhance their educational experience.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support and connect GS students to to study, socialize, connect, and interact.
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.