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Michelle’s Story

Michelle became a star at a young age in Dallas, Texas. She was home-schooled and received her GED at 15, after which she moved to Hollywood to feature in movies and on TV. At 20, something inside Michelle changed—she wanted to pursue a career that touched people's lives. After leaving acting behind at age 26, she enrolled in community college, where she discovered her interest in psychology. While there, she attended an information session about the School of General Studies, and became curious and excited about the prospect of an Ivy League college designed specifically for nontraditional students. As Michelle learned more, she knew this was the place for her to continue her academic journey.

Moved to LA and starred in movies, popular TV shows, and commercials
Went to community college in Santa Monica at 26
Transferred 49 credits to Columbia GS
Enrolled in Columbia University's School of Social Work

Did You Know?

70% of GS graduates go on to earn advanced degrees
70% of GS graduates go on to earn advanced degrees
70% of GS graduates go on to earn advanced degrees
49 Class of 2019 students have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
49 Class of 2019 students have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
49 Class of 2019 students have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
18% of the incoming 2019 spring class is married
18% of the incoming 2019 spring class is married
18% of the incoming 2019 spring class is married
GS has many artists among its student alumni, including Ossie Davis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
GS has many artists among its student alumni, including Ossie Davis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
GS has many artists among its student alumni, including Ossie Davis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Learn More About Our Students

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Ajay
Ajay

Entrepreneur

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Lori
Lori

Community College Transfer

GS alumna Sam profile
Sam
Sam

Marine Corps Veteran

Upcoming Events

We hold information sessions about attending GS throughout the year, both on- and off-campus. Let us know you’re coming to see us by registering for one of the following events.

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Application Deadlines

There are many important dates to remember. Sign up to request more information and we’ll also send you timely reminders.

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.