The General Studies Student Council (GSSC) pursues academic, political, social and administrative initiatives, and serves as a liaison between the student body, the GS administration, University offices, and student organizations. Members of the GSSC plan academic and social events on campus, enact policies that positively impact GS students, collaborate with the other student councils at Columbia, and work with University administrators.
The Premedical Association, which is made up of Postbac Premed Program and GS undergraduate premed students, works closely with the premedical advisors to build a supportive community.
Currently, the PMA supports several auxiliary groups that align with particular medical interests and scope, listed below. Students interested in forming new auxiliary groups under the PMA should contact the current board members to inquire on processes and requirements for gaining recognition.
American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
AMWA aims to promote women in medicine, connect students to professionals in the field, and advocate for women's health issues.
The Columbia Society for Medical Humanities (CSMH)
CSMH is committed to providing the Columbia community with a public forum focused at the intersection of medicine and the humanities.
Crafting for a Cause: A Wellness Initiative
Crafting for a Cause serves to promote wellness through crafting by providing students with a creative outlet to de-stress as well as community outreach opportunities.
The Emergency Medicine Club
The Emergency Medical Club aims to enhance Postbac Premed students’ knowledge about the field of emergency medicine.
Integrative Medicine focuses on how to combine healing systems such as nutrition, mindfulness, and ancient traditional medicines with biomedicine in order to heal the whole rather than individual parts of the self.
International Student Group (ISG)
ISG is dedicated to providing support to international premedical students on campus, and to promoting and fostering discussions surrounding global health.
The Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neuropsychiatry Club (PNN)
PNN is dedicated to promoting the discussion of topics related to mental health and brain studies.
The Queer Health Alliance
The Queer Health Alliance aims to provide a community for queer and allied premedical students at Columbia where they can share experiences, discuss relevant issues (such as LGBTQ Health issues and disparities), and build a network.
Social Justice Medicine (SJM)
SJM works to establish a foundational knowledge of social justice medicine among premedical students through classroom-based and experiential learning opportunities.
The Surgical Society
The Columbia PMA Surgical Society was founded to introduce premedical students to lectures, programs, and discussions to nurture an interest for those considering a career in surgery.
Yoga and Meditation Club
The Columbia PMA Yoga and Meditation Club is a safe space for students to relieve stress and explore kinesthetic awareness through the physical, spiritual, and meditative practice of yoga.
GS Student Life advises student organizations that support the GS community.
Arts Collective (ArtC)
ArtC is an student organization, recognized by the Activities Board at Columbia, dedicated to providing spaces for artistic expression.
Columbia University Family Support Network (CUFSN)
CUFSN is a student organization, recognized by the Student Governing Board, dedicated to meeting the needs of students in GS and across the university, with families. They work to provide resources and develop family-friendly programming.
The Food Pantry at Columbia
The Food Pantry and Columbia envisions a campus in which every student, regardless of their affiliation or socioeconomic status, has sufficient access to nutritious food. The mission of the Food Pantry is to relieve hunger through the acquisition and distribution of food to those students who most need it, and to lead our campus community in the fight against hunger.
Green Owls are an intercollegiate community, founded at GS, of students and non-students who are inspired to more deeply understand and shape long-term relationships between earth and all of its inhabitants. Through consensus-based dialogue, Green Owls creates spaces for cultural exchange, sharing wisdom, fostering collective reassurance, and collaborating with the wider community on Sustainable Columbia initiatives and beyond.
GS Alliance is a student organization, recognized by the Student Governing Board, dedicated to the advancement of education and advocacy regarding issues of special interest to the LGBTQA community and its allies.
Koreans in GS (KIGS)
KIGS is a student organization, recognized by the Activities Board at Columbia, dedicated to building community among Korean students at GS.
U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University (MilVets)
MilVets is a student organization, recognized by the Activities Board at Columbia, dedicated to serving the needs of military veterans and their families on campus.
Student of Color Alliance (S.O.C.A.)
S.O.C.A. is a student group dedicated to providing a space to discuss issues affecting GS students of color.
Columbia University has more than 500 student organizations that are open to students in all four undergraduate schools.
To learn more about student groups on campus, students can use LionLink to search for student organizations, check out member rosters, view a calendar of upcoming student group events, and more.
Club Sports at Columbia University is home to 36 student run recreational and sports organizations. Students with common interest in recreation and sports organize these Club Sports to collectively pursue their passions.
The Columbia Intramural Program provides Dodge Fitness Center members with opportunities to participate in competitive leagues and tournaments in a variety of team and individual sports and activities.
Students are encouraged to contact GS Student Life for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn about the student organization governing boards at Columbia University, including steps to gaining official recognition, please visit the Columbia Activities Board (ABC) or the Student Governing Board (SGB).
Fraternities and Sororities have been a part of Columbia University for over 175 years and have existed by virtue of the University's endorsement and support. The 28 sororities and fraternities at Columbia are open to every full-time undergraduate in any division of the University. GS students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with various chapters on campus during each organization's recruiting program.
Activities Day is a special event at the start of the fall semester where students have the opportunity to meet student leaders from more than 500 clubs and organizations, including club sports, community service groups, cultural organizations, performing arts groups, religious and spiritual groups, political and activist organizations, pre-professional and recreational organizations, sororities, fraternities, and student government, to name a few.
Student organizations and clubs fill College Walk, Low Plaza, and Butler Plaza with colorful banners, information for prospective new members, and giveaways for interested students.