Press Releases

Press Releases

May 12, 2017

Barrett Mindell '17 recently received a George Lucas Scholarship and a Guy Gallo Memorial Award in Screenwriting.

May 1, 2017

Columbia University today announced the creation of a new Center for Veteran Transition and Integration that will provide innovative educational programming and support for veterans making the transition to two- and four-year colleges, graduate and professional schools, civilian life, and the workforce.

December 5, 2016

Andrew Ertl was recently selected as a Class of 2018 Schwarzman Scholar, and will pursue a master's degree in global affairs at the Schwarzman College of Tsinghua University in Beijing next fall.

November 30, 2016

Nur Arafeh ’13 was recently selected as a 2017 Rhodes Scholar, and will pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree in international development at Oxford University next fall.

November 30, 2016

Peter James Kiernan, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and current GS student, has been selected as one of 12 members of the 2018 Class of George J. Mitchell Scholars. He will complete one year of fully-funded postgraduate study in conflict resolution and reconciliation at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

May 17, 2016

David Norman, a Harlem native and former heroin addict, graduated from the Columbia University School of General Studies yesterday with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. At 67 years old, he is the oldest graduate to receive a bachelor’s degree in the Class of 2016.

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.

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.

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.

May 16, 2014

After becoming a pro-surfer out of high school, Flagler Beach, Florida-native Will Tant has spent most of his life hitting the waves.

May 12, 2014

On Oct. 2, 1992, with his brother on his shoulder and mother and sister close behind, Umaru Jalloh ran for his life as grenades exploded and bullets screeched by his head. Twenty-two years later, Jalloh, a 42-year-old Sierra Leonean refugee who has endured personal tragedies such as homelessness and triumphs as a dean’s list student, will graduate from Columbia University School of General Studies May 19 at 9 a.m. in New York City.

May 8, 2014

27th Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will address the Class of 2014 at the Columbia University School of General Studies graduation May 19 at 9 a.m. in New York City. Brewer, who graduated from Columbia GS in 1997, has served New Yorkers since the Lindsay administration.

May 20, 2013

At 21, Nur Arafeh is on the path to becoming a future world leader.

May 7, 2013

Military veteran, rock guitarist and monk, Jason Everman raises the bar for the modern Renaissance man.

May 7, 2012

In 1992, Gac Filipaj, 52, left his parents and siblings behind and escaped from war-torn Yugoslavia to come to the United States.  He arrived knowing no English and with virtually no support system. Twenty years later, Filipaj, a Columbia University custodian, will graduate from Columbia University School of General Studies with a B.A. in classics with department honors on May 13 at 9 a.m. in New York City.  

May 7, 2012

Thomas Reardon, who started the Microsoft Internet Explorer project, will address the Class of 2012 at the Columbia University School of General Studies graduation on May 13 at 9 a.m. in New York City.

May 4, 2012

Ret. Gen. George W. Casey, the 36th U.S. Army chief of staff and the commanding general for Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2007, will be an honorary guest and give brief remarks at Columbia University School of General Studies graduation on May 13 at 9 a.m. in New York City.

August 1, 2011

Eligible Marines planning to exit the U.S. Marine Corps will for the first time have formalized, national program to access a top-tier undergraduate education.

July 18, 2011

Beginning this fall, students interested in a rigorous, international college experience will have an opportunity to study in both France and the United States while earning two bachelor’s degrees through the new Dual BA Program between the French university Sciences Po and Columbia University.

May 9, 2011

Roswell-native Elliot Shackelford began his career as a musician at 5 years old after his aunt gave him a month of piano lessons as a gift. More than 30 years later Shackelford, who has given more than 2,500 concerts to more than half a million people nationwide, including 19 performances at the White House, will graduate from Columbia University School of General Studies as the Class of 2011 salutatorian on May 16 at 9 a.m.

May 9, 2011

As the daughter of a lawyer and a biochemistry professor, a modeling career was not something supermodel Sara Ziff ever considered.

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