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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, Tel Aviv University, 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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COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Resources

Information about the resources available to students in the School's response to COVID-19.

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20-21 Academic Year at GS

Learn more about what Columbia is offering via its dynamic in-person and online environment this fall.

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Academic Resource Center
Academic Resource Center

Academic support for GS students including tutoring, help managing reading and writing assignments, research support, time management skills, and more.

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Clinical and Research Positions

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.

Columbia University School of General Studies nontraditional Bachelor of Arts degree graduates
Give to GS

Your support ensures GS can continue to provide nontraditional students with an unparalleled undergraduate Ivy League education.

Columbia University Continues Leadership in Veteran Education with Virtual College Fair

On Friday, October 30, the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) hosted a virtual college fair for active duty service members and military veterans interested in enrolling in two- and four- year institutions. At this first-of-its-kind event, students met virtually with representatives from 88 institutions including the Columbia University School of General Studies, Princeton, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, and more.

GS Student and Navy Veteran Works to Support Social Justice and Women Veterans at Columbia

Randee Howard, one of few Black, female veterans, enlisted in the United States Navy in 2014, putting her dreams of earning a degree on hold. After her service, in 2019, she enrolled at the Columbia University School of General Studies where she has been able to prioritize education, while also advocating for and serving both the female veteran community at Columbia through a leadership role in the MilVets, and other women through Columbia’s Center for Justice.

GS Alumni Among Those Benefiting from Schwarzman Scholars’ Impressive Response to COVID-19

Schwarzman Scholars, the one-year, fully-funded Master of Global Affairs program based at Schwarzman College in Beijing, mobilized quickly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, getting their students to safety and transitioning all classes online within just four weeks. Many GS alumni have participated in Schwarzman Scholars over the years, and this year, three are taking part remotely in the program.

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.

Virtual Peer Advising

Peer Advisors are available to discuss academics, campus resources, personal concerns, and the transition to the School of General Studies.

Tutoring

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

Student Organizations

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

Virtual Student Lounge

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support and connect GS students to to study, socialize, connect, and interact. 

Information Sessions

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

Upcoming Dates

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Aerial view of the Columbia Morningside Campus looking downtown.

Information Sessions

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

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, December 10, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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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