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November 18, 2015

On Tuesday, November 10, students, alumni, and faculty gathered in Low Memorial Library to celebrate scholarship recipients at the School of General Studies.

November 10, 2015

Columbia University has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, a trusted source for service members and their families.

September 21, 2015

Last spring GS student Alexander Chafetz founded the NGO One Refugee One Goal to help support Syrian refugees in the Turkish-Syrian border towns of Suruç and Sanliurfa.

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Posted: October 19, 2015

GS alumna Atti Worku has been spearheading meaningful change in education in her home city of Adama, Ethiopia since 2005, when she founded Seeds of Africa, a nonprofit organization that works to directly address systemic problems in the local school system and surrounding community by providing education and resources.

October 16, 2015

On October 15, Dr. James Mabry was inaugurated as Middlesex Community College’s fourth president. Mabry graduated from GS in 1981.

June 17, 2015

Transformation—of alumni themselves and of the School of General Studies itself—was the theme of this year's All-Class Reunion. 

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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.

June 7, 2012

Professional surfer, model and philanthropist Will Tant has spent most of his life hitting the waves.  More recently, however, he has been hitting the books.

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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. 

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Posted: Nov. 13

Students are invited to attend Peer Advising hours in the GS Lounge, Sunday to Friday.

Featured: Seoul National University Summer Abroad Info Session
Date and Time:
Tues., Nov. 25, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
624 Kent Hall

Students interested in studying abroad are invited to apply for upcoming opportunities, and to attend events to learn more about various study abroad programs.

Next Lecture: The Hunt for Dark Matter with the XENON Experiment
Date and Time: Thurs., Dec. 10. 7 - 7:45 p.m.
Location: Science Center at Nevis Laboratories, 136 South Broadway, Irvington, NY

Nevis Laboratories invites students to attend Science-on-Hudson, a public science lecture series, at which Columbia physicists and scientists will present an overview of international and local experiments that they are working on.