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 ..  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 Krystine Keeler
    Krystine Keeler '08 -
    "Leaving my close-knit family and my life long friendships behind when I moved to New York from California to attend GS was very hard, but it was something I had to do. I was fortunate to have..  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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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  • Columbia GS Alumna Mason Beard '04
    Mason Beard '04 -
    "When I decided to retire from my career as a professional ballet dancer, I accepted with some trepidation that I would be starting from scratch as I pursued jobs outside the dance world. Matr..  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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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: August 31, 2015 - September 07, 2015
• Date: August 31, 2015
• Time: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm EDT
• Date: August 31, 2015
• Time: 03:00 pm - 03:50 pm EDT