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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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Fall 2021 Updates
Fall 2021 Updates

Information about the upcoming Fall 2021 semester and resources available to students in the School's response to COVID-19.

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Summer at GS

Take advantage of this unique Columbia summer and make progress toward your educational goals with robust course offerings that can satisfy both Core and major requirements.

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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 2021 Incoming Students

In March 2020, Columbia University shifted to a remote format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, new students were welcomed virtually and the Columbia community remained connected through virtual courses, programming, and support services. Eighteen months later, the School of General Studies was able to welcome the entire community back to campus for a robust week of programming at Fall 2021 New Student Orientation. 

Former Ballet Dancer Turned GS Student Models During New York Fashion Week

Last month, Desean Taber '23GS walked in New York Fashion Week for the first time. Disenchanted with the ballet world's slow moving efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, Taber enrolled at Columbia GS and is majoring in anthropology. He hopes to bring the feelings of empowerment and acceptance he experienced on the runway into everyday life.

Dr. Chloe Carmichael ’06GS Teaches Students and Alumni to Reframe Anxiety Into a Positive Source of Energy

Earlier this month, students, faculty, and alumni joined Dr. Chloe Carmichael '06GS (also known as “Dr. Chloe”) to learn strategies for reframing anxiety to facilitate a more productive and fulfilling life.

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

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, October 20, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Friday, October 22, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 27, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 03, 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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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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