Current Students


Students of the School of General Studies are encouraged to utilize the Columbia GS Student Success Portal, the primary hub for all GS students to complete essential School and University processes. The Student Success Portal serves as the central location for booking appointments with academic and premedical advisors, as well as the Office of Educational Financing and other members of the advising team.

The 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Columbia University faculty has made preparations to ensure the richest academic experience possible, in keeping with Columbia's standards of excellence. We are expanding and enhancing the remote learning strategies that were first used at Columbia in spring 2020, and this will be a continuing priority throughout the year.

Undergraduate Student Resources

Declaring a Major or Concentration

Students may declare a major as early as their first semester provided they have completed at least 45 points toward the degree, with at least 12 points in progress at Columbia.


Fellowships are funded opportunities offered by organizations to help students further their education, acquire skills, and broaden their horizons both personally and professionally.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs enhance a Columbia education, with more than 150 programs either sponsored or approved by Columbia in foreign countries around the world.


Writing Center

Writing Center consultants offer feedback and strategies to help students improve at every stage of their writing, from brainstorming to final drafts.

Postbac Premed Student Resources

Clinical and Research Positions

Premedical students have access to opportunities at major medical research centers, superb medical schools, and the largest municipal hospital system in the United States.

Upcoming Premedical Opportunities

Students are encouraged to learn about upcoming opportunities available both on-and-off -campus.

Columbia University Medical School Fair

Where more than 50 medical schools and healthcare gather to speak with more than 500 prospective students.

Applying to Medical School

Learn about Linkage, general admission, interview feedback, support resources, and more. 

GS Peer Advisors are students who wish to provide support and advice about the opportunities and challenges at Columbia. Peer Advisors are available to discuss academics, campus resources, personal concerns, and the transition to the School of General Studies.

Peer Advisors are available to meet with students by appointment, and they also hold weekly walk-in hours in the GS Lounge.

Learn More about GS Peer Advisors

Educational Financing

The GS Office of Educational Financing, located in 408 Lewisohn, administers all financial aid for GS students, including institutional, federal, and state aid.

Types of Financial Aid

Students at the School of General Studies may be eligible to receive scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Financial aid may come from GS, federal and state governments, or private sources.

Applying for Aid

Continuing students must reapply for both institutional scholarships and federal financial aid every year. 

Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services (SFS) manages billing, payment and refund options for all Columbia students.

Educational Financing Advising

Students who seek financial aid advising, veteran education benefits advising, and other aid-related topics are asked to make an appointment online.

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is dedicated to supporting the diverse nontraditional student body at GS in achieving academic excellence.


New York's many and diverse neighborhoods combined with an extensive public transportation system offer a variety of housing options that are convenient to the Columbia campus.

If you have any questions about GS housing, please contact

Please note: The move-in period for students arriving for fall 2020 has been extended to October 15, 2020.

Student Life

GS Student Life provides many programs that explore issues around academics, diversity, wellness, social justice, leadership, civic responsibility, and self awareness.

Get Involved

Students are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of life at Columbia University including becoming a Student Life volunteer, joining one of the 500+ student organizations on campus, and learning about leadership development opportunities.

Student Life Resources

Subsidized tickets, the GS Student Lounge, the Student Life fee, space requests, and more.

Student Engagement

GS Student Life provides engagement opportunities for GS students to facilitate connections for students with faculty, alumni, and staff; to learn about professional opportunities; to explore NYC and New York State; and to support specific populations at GS.

Your Health and Wellness

GS and Columbia Health offer an array of events tailored to the meet the health and wellness needs of students. Topics include: stress management; mindfulness; body positivity; identity-based community support for students of color, LGBTQ students, student veterans, international students, and more; cultivating creativity and resilience; trauma support; and more.

Planning Your Future

Connect with the GS Community