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May 24, 2016

The School of General Studies celebrated the Class of 2016 at the GS Class Day ceremony on Monday, May 16. More than 1,800 guests joined faculty and administrators in recognizing the accomplishments of the 547 members of the graduating class, 112 of whom are international students, and 78 of whom are U.S. Military veterans, the most of any Ivy League university.

December 7, 2015

Dual BA Program student Luca Springer ’16 has been selected as a 2016 Rhodes Scholar. He is one of only 89 recipients of this prestigious award worldwide, and will pursue a Master of Public Policy degree at Oxford University this fall.

December 4, 2015

The School of General Studies’ Dean of Students (DOS) Office continues to grow and evolve to provide unparalleled, individualized and responsive advising to all GS students.

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June 15, 2016

Alumni celebrated General Studies’ growth and success at the All-year Alumni Reunion on June 4.

April 20, 2016

Jamie Righetti '09 is a writer, journalist and musician, as well as a native New Yorker. In April of 2016, she released her debut novel entitled Beechwood Park.

March 17, 2016

GS alumnus Christopher Riano ’07 was recently named a Scholar in Constitutional Law and Civics for New York by the James Madison Legacy Project, a nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education that aims to increase the achievement of over 200,000 students in attaining state standards in civics and government.

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The General View

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January 19, 2015

At age 90, Miriam Kartch '70, '77GSAS, and '80GSAS accounts her "several lives."

July 5, 2012

Paulo do Nascimento Brito is a top performer, in more ways than one.  As both a GS student and a classically trained pianist, his passion for learning becomes clear the instant that he starts talking.

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May 11, 2016

Edna Simbi, a Kenyan refugee and mother of two who escaped to the US in 2010, will graduate cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Columbia University School of General Studies this May.

May 16, 2015

On Dec. 8, 1979, Lizzie Valverde was born in Tampa, Florida.  One year later her sister Katy Olson was born; both adopted at birth. Thirty-three years later, and thousands of miles from where they began, Valverde met her long-lost sister, Olson, after sharing her adoption story on the first day of a Columbia University writing course. 

May 12, 2015

For the first time since 1970 and since the return of NROTC to campus in 2012, a U.S. Marine, Staff Sgt. Patrick Poorbaugh, will be commissioned as a Marine Corps officer May 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Low Memorial Library Rotunda at Columbia University in the City of New York.

DOS News and Announcements

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Featured: Princeton in Africa
Event Date and Time: Wed., Sept. 29, 5:10 - 6:00 p.m.
Event Location: NWC 602

The Office of Global Programs invites students to apply for upcoming opportunities, and to attend events to learn more about various programs and fellowships offered around the world.

Registration Deadline: Thurs., Sept. 29, 5 p.m.
Event Date and Time:
Thurs., Oct. 6, 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Columbia Alumni Center, 622 West 113th Street

Students are invited to The Art of Networking workshop hosted by the Career Center for Education for a presentation covering the essentials of networking and building meaningful professional relationships. The workshop will be followed by a reception with GS alumni.

Application Deadline: Fri., Oct. 14
Event Date: To be arranged by student with the faculty member during the Fall 2016 semester.
Event Location: Faculty House

Twenty GS students will have the opportunity to invite a Columbia or Barnard faculty member to Faculty House to share a one-on-one meal and conversation during the Fall 2016 semester. Attendees will be selected by lottery.