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.
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.
Meet the Fall 2020 Incoming Class
- From Brazil
- U.S. Army Veteran
- Attending Harvard's Warrior-Scholar Program
- Plans to attend law school after Columbia
- LGBTQ+ Activist
- Community College transfer student
- Founded "LanceTheDriver", an LGBTQ+ social media platform to help drive struggling individuals
- Former Intelligence Specialist for the U.S. Marine Corps
- International women's rights advocate
Plans to pursue Political Science
- Graduated from Johns Hopkins with a BA in Creative Writing
- Background in theater and stand-up comedy
- Plans to apply to medical schools to become a doctor
- From the Dominican Republic, grew up in Harlem
- Recent graduate from the Columbia Business School
- Hopes to pursue medicine to make an impact on low-income communities and people of color
- Vagabonded across New Zealand, Indonesia, and Morocco
- Worked as a photojournalist throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe
- Plans to pursue a degree in cultural anthropology
- Served in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman
- Found an interest in medicine while deployed in Afghanistan
- Currently interning at a community health center and serving the medically underserved population in Milwaukee
- Graduate of Columbia College
- Alumna of the Columbia Women's Basketball team
- Transitioning out of advertising to pursue a career in medicine
Responding to COVID-19
Learn more about how GS alumni and students are responding to COVID-19.
- Previously worked as an RN & nurse volunteer for COVID-19 crisis in NYC
- Working with Project STAY conducting at-home STI & HIV tests
- Accepted to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai through linkage
- Assistant Professor of Medicine at Montefiore
- Leading team to treat patients at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx
- Infectious disease research coordinator at Hospital for Special Surgery
- Coordinated procurement of an experimental COVID-19 pharmacological treatment
- Implemented and administered HSS's COVID-19 Inpatient and Surgical Screening Registry
- Graduate student at the Mailman School of Public Health
- Leads team of CUIMC students helping follow potential COVID-19 cases
- Featured in Psychology Today discussing concerns of the opioid epidemic during the current pandemic
- First year medical student at LECOM
- Went on leave to work at school's health facility, LECOM Health
- Brand ambassador for Northwell Health
There are many resources available to you as a student to help you succeed in your academic career.
The Dean of Students Office is the primary advising resource for undergraduate students at GS.
Dedicated to supporting the diverse nontraditional student body at GS in achieving academic excellence.
Peer Advisors are available to discuss academics, campus resources, personal concerns, and the transition to the School of General Studies.
Wherever you are on the road to mastery, our tutors are here to help.
We encourage students to become involved in programs and activities that enhance their educational experience.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support and connect GS students to to study, socialize, connect, and interact.
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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.