General Studies

  • 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 Studies, Columbia College, ..  Continue ...

  • GS Alumnus Sean O'Keefe
    Sean O’Keefe '10 -
    "After leaving the military I knew I wanted to pursue the best education possible. Initially I thought a school like Columbia was out of my league, until I attended a regional information sess..  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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 Univer..  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 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 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 ...
  • 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 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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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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.

• Date: May 30, 2016
• Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm EDT
• Date: June 03, 2016 - June 04, 2016
• Date: June 13, 2016 - June 17, 2016