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In Brief: About GS

The School of General Studies is the college at Columbia University for nontraditional undergraduate students. Nontraditional students include:

  1. Persons whose education since high school has been interrupted or postponed for at least one academic year
  2. Individuals who for personal or professional reasons need to attend on a part-time basis

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions pages contain answers to many of the questions prospective students may have.

Answers to general questions about our degree program, including the following topics may be found on our FAQ page:

  • Student Experience
  • Campus Setting
  • Registration/Scheduling
  • Housing
  • Parking

Answers to general questions about applying to GS may be found on the FAQ page, including the following topics:

  • Obtaining More Information and an Application
  • Application Procedures
  • Financial Aid
  • Entrance Exams/SATs
  • International Students

Answers to general questions pertaining to transfer students, including the following topics:

  • Transferring Credits
  • Life Experience Credits

Request Information

To request admissions materials, please visit the Request Information page.

Columbia University School of General Studies
408 Lewisohn Hall, MC4101
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Phone: +1 (212) 854-2772
Toll Free: 1-800-895-1169
Fax: +1 (212) 854-6316