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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, 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.

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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 Student Advocates to End Use of Social Media in Legal System with VR Project

Jarrell Daniels, a sociology undergraduate student who enrolled at GS last fall, began working with the SAFE Lab on the Digital Arrest project over two years ago. Daniels has played an integral role in the project, which aims to address commonly-misunderstood social media use by gang-involved youth, sharing his personal experiences with the criminal justice system while advocating for change in how the digital landscape is used to target black and brown communities.

GS Alumni Pursue Careers as Nurse Practitioners, Helping Address Pending Physician Shortage in U.S.

As an increasing number of medical doctors turn toward specialization and away from general care, the U.S. faces a pending shortage of physicians. Three GS students found friendship in a shared goal of pursuing careers in healthcare, and are now enrolled in programs to become nurse practitioners during a time when their services are needed more than ever.

GS Alumnus Leads Teams to Tackle Hospital Shortages During COVID-19

As Andrew Goulian ‘19GS was finishing up courses at community college, he noticed that an “alarming” number of people around him developing opioid use disorders. At Mailman School of Public Health, Goulian currently leads a team of 92 Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) students who served New York-Presbyterian during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis.

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.


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

Wednesday, August 12, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 19, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 26, 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

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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.

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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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