FAQs


While Columbia University School of General Studies offers a liberal arts education, graduates from all disciplines find employment across various industries.

It is often recommended to students that when thinking about a major to first consider the academic subjects of personal interest and then to explore the various career options that suit those areas of study. The Center for Career Education can assist in the process and also direct you to appropriate internships to fit your needs. 

Yes, Officer Selection Officers recruit for the military on the Columbia campus and will provide opportunities for you to continue in the service. To learn more about continuing in the service, speak with your academic advisor and make an appointment with a career counselor at the Center for Career Education.

As a student at the Columbia University School of General Studies, you should be planning your future from day one. A Columbia education provides the opportunity for you to continue the career you've already been cultivating, start a new career, attend graduate or professional school, engage in research opportunities or fellowships, enter the military, or seek a volunteer opportunity such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America. More information on planning your future is available here.

Yes, Columbia partakes in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon Program. Both GS undergraduates and Postbac Premed Program students are eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. More information is available here.

GS undergraduates
University Apartment Housing is available to students who are enrolled full-time at GS (12 or more credits a semester) and, in limited number, to couples and students with dependent children. Both new and continuing students may apply for University housing. Information on housing options for GS students can be found here.

Postbac Premeds
University Apartment Housing is available on a limited basis to students in the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, and student demand for this housing regularly exceeds the allotment. Priority is given to students moving from great distances, and only students who are pursuing the premedical program full-time (through a combination of 9 credits of coursework and medically related volunteer service or employment) are eligible for housing. Information on housing options for Postbac Premed students can be found here.

The Office of Admissions and the Office of the Dean of Students or the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program Office ultimately decide how many credits to award from your transcript. You will have to contact the appropriate branch of the armed forces to receive a copy of your transcript to submit to GS. Please be aware that military education transcripts that do not include grades for courses taken may not be transferable for credit upon admissions.

Army: Army/American Council On Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS)

Air Force: Community College Of The Air Force (CCAF)

Coast Guard: Coast Guard Institute

Navy/Marines: Sailor/Marine American Council On Education Registry Transcript (SMART)

All paperwork should be submitted to 408 Lewisohn Hall or emailed to gsveterans@columbia.edu.

No, all applicants follow the same application procedures, which are detailed on the Admissions sections of the GS and Postbac Premed websites.

Yes. Please review the options on the Financial Aid page.

You will receive a military leave of absence for the period of active duty as well as one year thereafter. Students in need of a military leave of absence should consult their advisors in the Dean of Students Office. For more information, see the Academic Policies section of the GS or Postbac Premed website.

Yes, please consult Columbia University's Office of Disability Services, the VA website, or the Dept. of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation regional office: 245 W. Houston St.; New York, NY 10014; phone: 1-800-827-1000 or 212-807-7229; fax: 212-807-4024.

Columbia participates in the Army, Air Force and Naval ROTC programs. Both the New York City Army and Air Force ROTC programs include students from schools throughout the New York City area. The New York City Army ROTC program is based at Fordham University. The New York City Air Force ROTC program is based at Manhattan College. Information about Naval ROTC can be found here.