Friend2Friend is a skills-based training designed to help students effectively recognize and respond to others exhibiting indicators of distress. The training is focused on understanding, re-framing, referring, and self-care.  

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 spring 2020 semester.

Students are invited to apply for the 2020 Women's Forum Education Fund Award, a $10,000 grant to be used toward expenses incurred while attending college.

The new GS Academic Resource Center on the northwest corner of Broadway and West 111th Street is now open.  All tutoring, coaching, and academic support sessions are taking place in the new location beginning today.

After being outed by another student during his final year of medical school at the University of Tripoli in Libya, Hasan Agili was forced to flee from his home and eventually became a refugee in the United States. Since arriving in New York in 2017, Agili has become an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ and refugee rights, appearing on major national networks and speaking in communities. Now, he joins the incoming Spring 2020 class of students at the School of General Studies to begin his education again.

The IDF Veteran Mentoring Program is peer-to-peer mentorship designed to support IDF veteran students through academic life at the School of General Studies and help in focusing to complete goals in the most efficient manner. We recognize there are many resources designed to assist students at Columbia University but that it may be difficult and overwhelming to navigate; however, the questions you have are neither unusual nor uncommon.  IDF Veteran mentors each have a diverse background and set of interests and are selected and trained to answer your questions and share with you their perspective and experience as a student at Columbia.

Please register by Thursday, January 30 at 11:59 p.m. for an IDF Veteran Mentor, and you will be sent a short questionnaire to best match you with a mentor.

For any questions, please email Senior Assistant Dean David Keefe at

Earlier this week, more than 200 incoming GS undergraduate and Postbac Premed students, along with GS staff and Orientation Leaders, convened in Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner Hall to usher in the beginning of the spring semester and begin the weeklong New Student Orientation Program

The incoming Spring 2020 class comprises a diverse group of students, boasting 52 U.S. military veterans, 19 veterans from foreign militaries, and international students representing 25 countries.

If selected, you will have the opportunity to facilitate both the Responsible Community at Columbia (RC@C) and Live Well | Learn Well programs during New Student Orientation Programs (NSOP). This training and facilitation offers an opportunity to learn about alcohol and other drug issues, stress management and healthy lifestyle behaviors, to speak to incoming first-years about managing their choices as they transition into the Columbia community, and to participate as a campus leader throughout the year on outreach initiatives to create a smart, safe, responsible, and well community at Columbia.

Fifteen GS students will have the opportunity to attend a student forum with Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger alongside students from Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Attendees will be selected by lottery.

Pralaya Cuomo, a ballet dancer majoring in sustainable development, was recently recognized for her public speaking talent with the Best Speaker Award at the Global Retail Challenge (GRC). Cuomo competed alongside four of her peers at this sustainable retail competition, presenting their project designed to make use of discarded furniture items titled Interlock-It.

The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies is launching a Holocaust Study Fellowship this spring. IIJS Fellows in Holocaust Study will have the opportunity to receive funds for study, independent research, and to support student-initiated programming as a supplement to approved courses teaching the history, culture, and literature of the Holocaust. In addition, GS students may be additionally eligible for full tuition support for the related courses.The application deadline is Friday, January 31.

Earlier this month, three GS alumni were selected to join the highly-selective Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2021. Only around three percent of this year’s applicants, which include students from 41 countries and 108 universities, were accepted to the graduate fellowship program.

From the farmlands of Maryland to the research labs at The Earth Institute, Sepp Panzer has found his home at GS. He now seeks to make the world a more inhabitable place for all forms of life, working on carbon sequestration, negative emission tech, and oceanic nutrition and fertilization.

The GS Student Lounge will be closed Sat., Dec. 21 - Sat., Dec. 28. Learn more about additional on-campus study spaces