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Columbia University, School of General Studies

  • New York, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 42%58%
    student ratio
  • 1,763
    total students
  • $47,100 | $47,100
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • June 1
    fall application deadline
  • 31%
    acceptance rate
  • Most Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

Columbia University School of General Studies

Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) in New York City is one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the country dedicated specifically to nontraditional students seeking a traditional Ivy League education. Nontraditional students are those who have, for personal or professional reasons, interrupted their educations, never attended college, or are only able to attend part time. They are also students who, because of the nature of their undergraduate program, seek a nontraditional path to completing their undergraduate degrees. For example, students concurrently seeking two degrees from multiple institutions may be defined as nontraditional.

In addition to its core undergraduate program, GS is home to the Columbia University Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po, and the Joint Program with the Jewish Theological Seminary.

The School of General Studies is unique among colleges of its type because its students are fully integrated into the Columbia undergraduate curriculum-they take the same courses with the same faculty members and earn the same degree as all other Columbia undergraduates.

GS enrolls world-class dancers, athletes, and musicians; bankers and small business owners; military veterans, and people who come from as far away as China, Israel, and Germany. They have the option to study either full or part time. Many students work full time while pursuing a degree, and many have family responsibilities, while others attend classes full-time and experience Columbia's more traditional college life.

The School of General Studies has nearly 1,600 undergraduate degree candidates as well as more than 400 students enrolled in the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program. The average age of the GS student body is 29. More than 60 percent of GS students attend classes full time, and more than 70 percent of GS graduates go on to earn advanced degrees.

GS is also home to dual-degree programs with the French university Sciences Po, Hong Kong's City University, and List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Students enrolled in these interdisciplinary programs complete two bachelor's degrees from two schools over four years.

Columbia University Campus

Columbia University is located in Morningside Heights, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The university's neighbors include the Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Manhattan School of Music, St. Luke's Hospital, Riverside Church, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The diversity of intellectual and social activities offered by these institutions is one of Columbia's great assets as a university; another is New York City itself, which offers Columbia students a rich and almost boundless variety of social and cultural opportunities.

Columbia University Majors and Degrees

Columbia University School of General Studies offers a traditional liberal arts education designed to provide students with the broad knowledge and intellectual skills that foster continued education and growth in the years after college as well as providing a solid foundation for positions of responsibility in the professional world.

Columbia University School of General Studies grants a Bachelor of Arts and offers more than 70 majors and concentrations. Individually designed majors are also available. The top three majors selected by GS students are economics, English, and political science.

In addition, GS offers undergraduate dual-degree programs with the Jewish Theological Seminary, the French university Sciences Po, and Hong Kong's City University.

The Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po is an intensive, transatlantic course of study in which undergraduate students earn bachelor's degrees from both Sciences Po and Columbia University in four years. Students will spend two years at one of three Sciences Po regional campuses, each of which is devoted to a particular part of the world and offers a heavy linguistic and cultural focus. After completing Sciences Po's interdisciplinary social science curriculum, Dual BA students will matriculate at Columbia University School of General Studies to complete the requirements for a major, as well as fulfill core distribution requirements in a variety of disciplines, including literature, art, music, science, and the humanities. Upon graduation, Dual BA Program students are eligible for guaranteed admission to a graduate program at Sciences Po. Admission to the program is highly competitive, and high school seniors are eligible to apply.

The dual degree program between Columbia University and City University of Hong Kong follows a similar structure to the Sciences Po Dual BA Program. Students at City University of Hong Kong (City U) follow a two-year course sequence before matriculating in GS to fulfill their remaining core and major requirements. Upon the completion of the program, students will hold two bachelor's degrees.

Study Abroad

Columbia students may enhance their academic experiences through a variety of study abroad programs around the world, which include the Reid Hall Program in the Montparnasse district of Paris, the Berlin Consortium for German Studies, the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, or the Language Program in Beijing, China. Students may also apply to participate in one of the many Columbia-approved study abroad programs located in countries around the world.

Financial Aid

Columbia University School of General Studies awards financial aid based upon need and academic ability. Approximately 70 percent of GS students receive some form of financial aid, including Federal Pell Grants, New York State TAP Grants, Federal Stafford and unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, General Studies Scholarships, and Federal Work-Study Program awards. GS is also a proud participant in the Department of Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon Program, and has more than 300 U.S. military veterans enrolled who receive funding through this program.

Students in their first period of enrollment will typically receive a scholarship between $7,500 and $9,000. Priority application deadlines for new students are March 1 (Early Action) and June 1 for the fall semester and October 1 (Early Action) and November 1 for the spring semester.

Costs

For the 2013-2014 academic year, tuition is $1512 per credit hour and living (room and board) and personal expenses (books, local commuting costs, and miscellaneous expenses) are approximately $22,370.

Columbia University Faculty

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University consists of twenty-nine departments in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. All undergraduate liberal arts courses are taught by members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Made up of more than 1,000 distinguished scholars in virtually every discipline, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences includes five schools: Columbia College, the School of General Studies, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts, and the School of Continuing Education, as well as numerous institutes and centers. Students, whether full- or part-time, have many opportunities to work closely with faculty members, both in small classes and in research projects. Faculty members also serve as advisors to students majoring in their areas of study and maintain regular office hours to see students.

Notable faculty include: Martin Chalfie, Nobel laureate in chemistry; Brian Greene, author of "The Elegant Universe"; Rosalind Krauss, prominent scholar of 20th-century art and art criticism; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and a special advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon; James Schamus, head of Focus Features, producer of many films, including "Brokeback Mountain," and screenwriter whose credits include "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"; Gayatri Spivak, pioneering scholar in the fields of postcolonial studies and deconstruction; Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in economics and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to President Clinton; and Mark Strand, former U.S. Poet Laureate.

Columbia University School of General Studies Admissions Information and Deadlines

Students who wish to apply to GS must submit an application, standardized test scores, high school and college transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a non-refundable application fee. If the applicant has not taken the SAT or ACT within the last eight years, he or she has the option of taking the General Studies Admissions Exam (GSAE) as an alternative.

The application deadlines for the nontraditional undergraduate program are as follows: Fall: March 1, Early Action (nonbinding) and June 1, Regular Decision; Spring: October 1, Early Action (nonbinding) and November 1, Regular Decision. For international student applications, Fall: April 1; Spring: August 15.

The application deadline for the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po is January 2.

For detailed information about admissions requirements, please visit the School of General Studies website.


Location & Contact

2970 Broadway 408 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101
New York, NY 10027-6939
USA

Mr.Curtis Rodgers

Dean of Enrollment Management

Phone: 212-854-2772
Fax: 212-854-6316
Email: gsdegree@columbia.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Architecture
    • Architectural History and Criticism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • African Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (East)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (South)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Caribbean Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Regional Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Slavic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Evolutionary Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Finance and Financial Management Services Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English Language and Literature Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • East Asian Languages Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Germanic Languages Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Slavic Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Ancient Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sustainability Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics and Statistics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Statistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Astrophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Archeology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Urban Studies/Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Applied Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

31% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied573
    • Accepted183
    • Acceptance Rate31%
    • Enrolled1,763
    • Female Applicants311
    • Females Accepted92
    • Female Acceptance Rate29%
    • Male Applicants262
    • Males Accepted91
    • Male Acceptance Rate34%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen June 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 653 740
    • SAT Math 643 740
    • SAT Writing 650 750
    • ACT Composite 27 32
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$47,100
    • Out-of-state tuition *$47,100
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$2,376.00
    • Room and board *$11,430.00
    • Room only *$7,020.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,763
    • Male Student Percentage58%
    • Female Student Percentage42%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino10.66%
    • Black or African American4.88%
    • White or Caucasian50.48%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.28%
    • Asian7.26%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.62%
    • Two or more races1.36%
    • Unknown7.32%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students49% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled, Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 14%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations General Studies Student Council
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Badminton Yes Division C No
    • Baseball No Division 1 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 No
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Crew No Division 1 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes Division C No
    • Fencing No Division 1 No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division B No
    • Golf No Division 1 No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes Division C No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division C No
    • Skiing No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Squash No Division 1 No
    • Swimming No Division 1 No
    • Table Tennis Yes Division C No
    • Tennis No Division 1 No
    • Track No Division 1 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo No Division C No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 1 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes Division 1 No
    • Badminton Yes Division C No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 No
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Crew No Division 1 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes Division C No
    • Fencing No Division 1 No
    • Field hockey No Division 1 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 1 No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division 1 No
    • Racquetball Yes Division C No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division C No
    • Skiing No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 No
    • Softball No Division 1 No
    • Squash No Division 1 No
    • Swimming No Division 1 No
    • Table Tennis Yes Division C No
    • Tennis No Division 1 No
    • Track No Division 1 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 No
    • Water polo No Division C No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No


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