GS fosters a learning environment that empowers students to realize their fullest potential while recognizing the diverse challenges faced by non-traditional students engaged in a highly competitive, traditional academic setting.
The Office of the Dean of Students functions as the primary resource for advising students in the School of General Studies. Through a dedicated advising system that places students with a specific advisor from matriculation to graduation, GS students receive individually-tailored, customized advising to suit their particular academic interests and professional goals. Each advisor serves as the student's main link to GS throughout the student's career at Columbia, providing guidance and clarity on University as well as GS policies and procedures. Advisors counsel students on their course selections each term, and approve all courses counted toward fulfilling the core requirements, including transfer courses.
The GS advisor is a resource on matters both academic and personal. We embrace open communication, active collaboration, community, empathy, professionalism, empiricism, excellence, and tolerance. Our goal is to provide students with the appropriate support services and referrals to help them achieve academic success.
Comprehensive Advising Services
Offered by a team of academic advisors with a wide range of specializations, services range from academic advising and integrated academic support services to study abroad and fellowship advising, graduate school coaching, health and wellness, peer advising, and a host of student affairs and campus resources and community outreach programs. Targeted information sessions on internships, academic and career paths are held specifically for non-traditional students with particular skill sets or careers interests.
Throughout the year undeclared students may attend numerous events such as major fairs, departmental open houses, workshops, and information sessions with peer advisors or career counselors to explore the relationships between various majors and career paths. Declared majors receive guidance from within their major departments and often pursue additional academic opportunities such as research, grants, fellowships, and teaching assistantships.
Students pursuing specialized pre-professional tracks collaborate with pre-professional advisors in joint or individual consultations for the prelaw, premedical, and pre-health professions. Advising is also available in several joint programs with Columbia’s pre-professional schools for long-term academic planning, course scheduling, mock interviews, and assistance with every aspect of the application process. Faculty members are the best resources for students who are considering graduate school in particular academic fields and seek academic advice concerning preparation for further study.
The Office of the Dean of Students keeps students informed of important dates and policy changes by sending notices to students via e-mail and by posting notices on the GS News and Announcements section of the website. Most information is communicated to students through twice-weekly email newsletters; however, on occasion, the Dean of Students staff sends emails with subject lines containing a double asterisk (**). Students are required to read all double-asterisk emails, which contain important information relevant to the entire student body.
Office of the Dean of Students
403 Lewisohn Hall