Columbia University School of General Studies

  • NY

About Us


The School of General Studies of Columbia University is the finest liberal arts college in the country dedicated specifically to students with nontraditional backgrounds seeking a traditional education at an Ivy League university. Most students at GS have, for personal or professional reasons, interrupted their education, never attended college, or are only able to attend part-time.


Columbia is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City's Upper West Side.

Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science


Note: The following statistics are based on 2011-2012 official reporting.

  • Nearly 1500 undergraduate students
  • 62% full-time; 38% part-time
  • 45% female; 55% male
  • 22% of American students are Asian American, African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American
  • 15% international students, representing 82 countries
  • Average age: 29