Columbia University School of General Studies


Note: The following enrollment statistics are based on 2015-2016 official reporting.

  • More than 2,000 students within the School of General Studies
  • 77% full-time; 23% part-time
  • 41% female; 59% male
  • 24% of American students are Asian American, African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American
  • 18% are international (non-U.S. citizen) students, representing 59 countries
  • Average age: 27

Tuition and Financial Aid

Note: The following tuition and financial aid statistics are effective for the 2015-2016 academic year.

  • $1,570 per point (see Tuition and Fees)
  • Estimated living and personal expenses, including room and board, books, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses (9 months): $22,685
  • Approximately 70% of students receive some form of need-based financial aid and/or merit scholarship(s)

Student Life


  • 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 79 Nobel laureates are affiliated with Columbia; laureates currently on the faculty include Richard Axel, Martin Chalfie, Eric Kandel, Tsung Dao Lee, Robert Mundell, Edmund Phelps, Orhan Pamuk, Joseph Stiglitz, and Horst Stormer

University Resources

  • 13 graduate and professional schools, 3 undergraduate schools, and 4 affiliated institutions
  • More than 29,000 enrolled students
  • 22 libraries
  • More than 70 centers and institutes for specialized research
  • Endowment of more than $9 billion
  • Galleries, theaters, performance spaces, and art and architecture studios
  • Extensive network of support services

After Graduation

  • More than 70% of GS graduates go on to earn advanced degrees
  • More than 300 employers recruit on campus each year, and approximately 1,000 advertise employment opportunities to undergraduate students
  • Students have access to a global netwrok of more than 250,000 alumni throughout the U.S. and 180 foreign countries