For as long as she can remember, Quinn Houlahan has been curious about the world. Her deepening curiosity and desire to experience the world first-hand has since led her to the Trinity College campus in Dublin, Ireland through the Dual BA Program. Through immersion in the university’s community, Quinn has been able to continue pursuing hobbies of the past while discovering new interests in a different part of the world.

Dual BA Program student Abby Edwards spent her whole life in Charleston, South Carolina. Though she focused on creative pursuits including theatre, modeling, photography, and yoga, she felt limited by her education and hometown. When she learned of the Dual BA Program, Edwards jumped at the opportunity for an international education experience.

At Columbia University, the support provided to veterans extends well beyond the Morningside Campus gates. And at the School of General Studies, the veteran experience doesn’t end with graduation.

In 2015 the School of General Studies partnered with the Moody's Corporation to create the Moody’s Veteran Program, an initiative designed to improve opportunities for veterans and ease their transition into the workforce. Through the partnership, qualified veteran students at the School are awarded scholarships and provided mentorship, internship opportunities, and other career-related guidance that can positively impact their journey beyond the military.

GS student Rachel Ballew is no stranger to manual labor or arduous conditions, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly ten years. Last spring, a GS alumnus told her about a water infrastructure project in Morocco whose mission was to provide a sustainable, accessible water source for remote areas. Ballew immediately wanted to learn more.

The School of General Studies strives to create a supportive environment that addresses the specific needs of veteran students who, in addition to acclimating to a new academic environment, are faced with adjusting to civilian life.

After a childhood spent in Cuba and a military career focused on combat training, Jorge Pintado took an unexpected route into an Ivy League education—a place he never thought he would end up. Today, he is exploring his personal and familial background as a Latin American and Caribbean studies major on his way to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies or law.

Registration is open to all students for the spring 2020 6 week zero-point workshop in Narrative Medicine; GS UN0007, Section 001, Call Number 11428 - "Narrative Medicine Workshop" taught by Dean Andrew Sunshine.

GS students looking for an interesting spring 2020 course should consider ENGL UN3738: Philanthropy and Social Difference. Taught by GS Dean of Academic Affairs Victoria Rosner, this course is for anyone interested in how philanthropy changes the lives of both donors and recipients – for better and for worse. 

The School of General Studies traces its commitment to veterans back to 1947. Today, with nearly 500 veterans enrolled at GS, Columbia boasts the highest undergraduate veteran student enrollment in the Ivy League.

Tickets are now on sale for the 10th annual Columbia University Military Ball, the premier event uniting veterans across the University community, with discounts available for GS students through the end of the year. Proceeds support programming for veterans and military family members nationwide while strengthening support services for the 700+ veterans enrolled at Columbia.

Dorothee Grant reflects on her time as a GS student thus far including an internship that has allowed her to take part in a developing research method related to her area of study. 

Students are invited to celebrate Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) by attending events throughout the month of November.

Visit the official Facebook page for more information, including a calendar of events.

All across the world, the Columbia community came together on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to far surpass ambitious goals and raise a record-breaking $445,537 for GS from hundreds of individual gifts—an unprecedented 38 percent increase in fundraising compared to last year’s totals.

Students are invited to join Dean Rosen-Metsch and members of the GS staff for festive food and refreshments and a dramatic reading of turkey poems submitted by students and staff to welcome the holiday weekend.