Continue Your Story | Columbia University School of General Studies

Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) is the only college of its kind created to meet the needs of returning and nontraditional students seeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League undergraduate degree full or part time. 

When you join us, you’ll become a fully integrated member of the global Columbia undergraduate community and learn from world-renowned faculty. You’ll be guided by dedicated academic advisors experienced in supporting nontraditional students and have access to extensive research-backed support programs.

Learn More About our Students

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Community College Transfer

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Marine Corps Veteran

Our students each have their own unique story to tell, from our community college transfers, veterans, and parents, to our Olympians, professional dancers, first-generation Americans, and more. No matter where you’re coming from, if you’re ready to continue your story in the Ivy League, you can at Columbia University School of General Studies.

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21% Military Veterans
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4% Parents
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10% Married
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27% First Generation College Students
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24% International Students
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43% Pell Grant Eligible

Campus Visits

We hold information sessions about attending GS throughout the year, both on- and off-campus. Let us know you’re coming to see us by registering for one of the following events.

Friday, July 26, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, August 14, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 28, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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There are many important dates to remember. Sign up to request more information and we’ll also send you timely reminders.

Fall Admission
Application Open: December 1
Priority Early Action Deadline: January 15
Early Action Deadline: March 1
Regular Decision Deadline: May 15

Spring Admission
Application Open: August 1
Priority Early Action Deadline: September 1
Early Action Deadline: October 1
Regular Decision Deadline: November 1

Admissions Decisions
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis (typically six to eight weeks after receiving a complete application).

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We have tailored our support services to meet the specific needs of non-traditional students. From veteran resources and academic advising, to career guidance and support for international students, you’ll find a wide variety of key support services at Columbia GS.
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GS Student Life encourages students to become involved in programs and activities that enhance their educational experience and personal growth. A wide range of student organizations include the General Studies Student Council, sports teams, our military veterans group, MilVets, and more.

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