General Studies

  • Current GS Student Liza St. John
    Liza St. John  -
    "After  years of going on auditions and working day jobs, I realized I missed learning and wanted to go back to school for a well-rounded education. At GS I’ve developed my creative..  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 its members now include students from all three of the Un..  Continue ...

  • GS Alum Sebastian Clegg
    Sebastian Clegg  -
    "My background is in blues and rock, but studying at Columbia has enriched my horizons: the one-on-one contact with world-class professors, small classes, legendary facilities, and thought-pro..  Continue ...
  • GS Alum Andre Bautista
    Andre Bautista  -
    "During my time as a Marine, I evolved into someone that was well disciplined and ready to meet any challenges that lay ahead of me. This was extremely helpful during my first few semesters at..  Continue ...
  • GS Alum Orly Cohen
    Orly Cohen  -
    "Eager to further my education, I applied to GS because I could not imagine myself studying anywhere else and began in the spring of 2006, attending part time. Three years later, I took some t..  Continue ...
  • GS Alum Christina Gray
    Christina Gray '15 -
    "When I decided to return to school I was set on having the full experience that I'd been seeking the first time, but began to think it wasn't possible for someone with a background li..  Continue ...
  • Morningside Heights Campus

    The Morningside Heights Campus houses Columbia's three undergraduate schools—the School of General Studies, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering—as well as graduate and pro..  Continue ...

  • 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 ...
  • GS Alum Pamela Arteaga Mata
    Pamela Arteaga Mata  -
    "GS gave me the opportunity to choose my own focus while making use of all the languages that I speak. (I'm fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian.) I received an Italian Studies Scholarsh..  Continue ...
  • Low Memorial Library

    In 1897, Low Library became the first building to be completed on Columbia's campus, and it served as the University's main library until 1934. Today, it houses the offices of the Presid..  Continue ...

  • GS Alum Kyle Bukhari
    Kyle Bukhari '13 -
    "A lifelong dream of mine was to go to university, but due to my continuous performing schedule and international travel, it had not been feasible. I decided to finally make that dream a reali..  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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Columbia GS Veterans

    In honor of Veterans Day 2015, Columbia University School of General Studies student-veterans participated in the Veterans Day Parade.

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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. These dual and joint programs are in partnership with List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Sciences Po in France, Trinity College Dublin, and City University of Hong Kong. Additionally, GS offers the oldest and largest Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program in the United States.

• Date: July 26, 2019
• Time: 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm EDT
• Date: July 29, 2019 - August 02, 2019
• Date: July 30, 2019
• Time: 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm EDT