What makes GS different from Columbia's traditional undergraduate colleges?

What makes GS different from Columbia's traditional undergraduate colleges?

Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) students are those with nontraditional backgrounds who seek a, rigorous, traditional education at an Ivy League university. What defines our students as nontraditional is that GS students have taken breaks of one year or more in their educational paths. Despite these differences, GS students take the same courses as all other Columbia undergraduates, are taught by the same professors in the same classes, and are fully integrated into Columbia's undergraduate curriculum.