General Studies

  • 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 ...

  • Current GS Student Liza St. John
    Liza St. John - Current Student -
    "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 ...
  • GS Alum Thomas Westphal
    Thomas Westphal '09 -
    "When I was 14, I played the lead in my high school’s production of Bye Bye Birdie—I wore a gold lamé suit, and all the girls loved me. That’s when I fell in love with..  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 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 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 Sagit Goldenberg
    Sagit Goldenberg '10 -
    Barely two months after finishing my military service in the Israeli Air Force, I packed my bags and moved all on my own to Los Angeles. I attended a community college there for two years and p..  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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  • 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 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 Dina Bateman
    Dina Bateman '07 -
    “As long as I can remember I wanted to be a doctor, but somewhere along the way I lost confidence in myself. Then in my first semester at GS, I was captivated by my Frontiers of Science class..  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 ...
  • 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 Nancy Saunders
    Nancy Saunders '09 -
    "I’ve always enjoyed studying politics, so majoring in political science seemed like excellent preparation for a career in law enforcement. But I’ve also enjoyed sampling some of t..  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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