Columbia University was named to the G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Schools 2011 List for the school's commitment to recruiting military veterans; this honor was also bestowed to Columbia in 2010. According to G.I. Jobs magazine, "the list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students."
Columbia University has had a long-standing commitment to supporting military veterans who wish to return to school, and this commitment is especially evident at the School of General Studies, which was founded in 1947 largely to accommodate the thousands of GIs returning from World War II.
In 2009, GS renewed its commitment to student-veterans through the adoption of the Yellow Ribbon Program. When the Yellow Ribbon Program award is combined with benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the entire cost of education for eligible student-veterans will be covered; making a Columbia education accessible regardless of socio-economic status. Since the program’s adoption, GS’ enrollment has grown to more than 140 veterans.