FAQs


There is no minimum number of credits required. Each student applies when he or she feels ready to complete the bachelor’s degree, whether that means entering with no college credit, or many previous credits earned.

Students may transfer up to 60 credits of liberal arts coursework toward their undergraduate degree as long as the grades are C or above and the credits are considered equivalent to those offered at Columbia. GS transfers up to six credits of non-liberal arts coursework. One semester of English composition will transfer. Math courses transfer at the level of pre-calculus and above, as well as statistics. Up to 15 credits of non-degree coursework (for students not enrolled in a degree program) will transfer. Online courses and independent study will not transfer.

Students may transfer up to 12 credits toward their majors. Any additional credits taken toward the major may potentially transfer as elective credits.

No. GS does not offer credit for life experience.

GS is a liberal arts college, and therefore does not offer a major in business, although a concentration (minor) in business management is offered. Students interested in this field often study economics, although an economics major is not necessarily a prerequisite for a business career or admission to a graduate program in business; many liberal arts disciplines can serve as preparation for this path.

Although no minimum GPA required for admission, if a student has recently been enrolled in a college or university, it is expected that he or she will have performed very well (an A average or 3.7-3.8 GPA). It is important to note, however, that the Admissions Committee also takes into account standardized test scores, the autobiographical essay, recommendations, and high school performance. Some applicants may also be asked to interview.

No, once a student has matriculated at Columbia, his or her GPA only includes grades earned at Columbia. Therefore, the GPA at graduation will reflect only those grades earned at Columbia.