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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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The 2020-21 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.

GS Welcomes Fall 2020 Incoming Students

On Monday, August 31, 2020, more than 800 incoming School of General Studies (GS) undergraduate and Postbac Premed students along with their guests, GS staff, and Orientation Leaders, convened for the School’s first-ever virtual New Student Welcome event—streamed live on the School’s website—to celebrate the beginning of the fall 2020 semester. 

Dismantling Mass Incarceration from the Ivy League

After serving five years in prison, James Harvey Elliott discovered his passion: prison reform. As he begins his GS journey this fall, his drive to increase access to higher education in the American prison system continues to grow.

Warrior-Scholar Project Hosted at Columbia University Supports Veterans Transitioning to Higher Education

Columbia University is proud to welcome the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) back for the third consecutive year. WSP hosts immersive academic boot camps at America's top colleges and universities for enlisted military veterans who are transitioning from active duty military service to college.

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 tour to learn more about the School of General Studies, including curriculum details, degree requirements, financial aid, and the application process.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 18, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, September 23, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Friday, September 25, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, September 30, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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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

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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