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Lori's Story

Lori was raised in Washington state. She found high school challenging academically, and the responsibility of looking after a sick family member also took away from her schooling. However, her role as a caregiver ignited her interest in psychology, which later became her focus in community college. While studying full time, she managed a very popular West Coast ice cream store, where she developed leadership skills. Before finishing college, Lori and her husband moved to Los Angeles, where she continued taking courses online. When the pair made their way to Connecticut, Lori began to explore opportunities to pursue a bachelor’s degree, and the School of General Studies just felt right. To this day, Lori cannot believe that her path led her to the city and school she had only ever dreamed about.

Born and raised in Seattle, WA
Managed a Salt & Straw ice cream store in LA
First-generation college student
Completed community college online

Did You Know?

100% of full-time students are eligible for university housing
100% of full-time students are eligible for university housing
Percentage of first-generation college students in the spring 2019 incoming class
Percentage of first-generation college students in the spring 2019 incoming class
~70% of students receive some form of need-based financial aid and/or merit scholarship
~70% of students receive some form of need-based financial aid and/or merit scholarship
Columbia GS Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch is an alumna of the School
Columbia GS Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch is an alumna of the School

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Application Deadlines

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Fall Admission
Application Open: December 1
Priority Early Action Deadline: January 15
Early Action Deadline: March 1
Regular Decision Deadline: June 1

Spring Admission
Application Open: August 1
Priority Early Action Deadline: September 1
Early Action Deadline: October 1
Regular Decision Deadline: November 1

Admissions Decisions
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis (typically six to eight weeks after receiving a complete application).

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We have tailored our support services to meet the specific needs of non-traditional students. From veteran resources and academic advising, to career guidance and support for international students, you’ll find a wide variety of key support services at Columbia GS.
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GS Student Life encourages students to become involved in programs and activities that enhance their educational experience and personal growth. A wide range of student organizations include the General Studies Student Council, sports teams, our military veterans group, MilVets, and more.