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Military Veterans

U.S. Military Veterans at Columbia GS

School of General Studies Dean Peter J. Awn and Columbia student-veterans pause for a photo at the 2012 Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

GS has been educating military veterans for over 60 years. Since World War II, the School of General Studies has served veterans who interrupted their educations to serve their country. Like most of the roughly 1,600 students at GS, these military service women and men have, for personal or professional reasons, interrupted their education, never attended college, or are only able to attend part-time. They bring a wealth of life experience to the classroom, and contribute in a unique way to the diversity and cultural richness of the University.

GS is a proud participant of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon Program. The scope of benefits provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program helps make a traditional Columbia education accessible to eligible veterans, regardless of socio-economic status, who wish to pursue a rigorous undergraduate degree program.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.