Columbia University, School of General Studies

New York, NY

Columbia University's School of General Studies, founded in 1947, is a private, coeducational university for non-traditional students who wish to pursue an ivy league education.

Website: www.gs.columbia.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,068
Undergraduate
Students
(40.8%) 844 Women
(59.2%) 1,224 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
35% of 696 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
June 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.83
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
32-34 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$70,933
Tuition and Fees
$55,478
Room and Board
$13,950
Average Percent of Need Met
32%
Average Freshman Award
$19,986
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
Not reported
Regular Class Size
Not reported
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Campus Life

New York Population
8,244,910
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New York City
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
28% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.6% Asian
6.8% Black/African-American
12.3% Hispanic/Latino
0.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
61.8% White
6.6% Unknown
International Students
20.5%
First-Year Students Returning
 
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is not required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English    
Mathematics    
Science    
Foreign Language    
Social Studies    
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required June 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted June 1
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
2970 Broadway
408 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101
City, State, Zip
New York, NY 10027-6939
Phone
(212) 854-2772
Fax
 
E-mail
gsdegree@columbia.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
June 1
Application Fee
$80
Application Fee Waiver
Not available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
March 1
Early Action Notification
May 1

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
35% of 696 applicants were admitted
Women
29% of 383 applicants were admitted
Men
42% of 313 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
Not reported
Women
Not reported
Men
Not reported
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.83
3.75 and Above
55%
3.50 - 3.74
45%
3.25 - 3.49
 
3.00 - 3.24
 
2.50 - 2.99
 
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported%
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported%
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported%
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported%
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported%
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported%
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported%
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported%
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported%
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported%
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported%
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
32-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
88%
Score of 24 - 29
12%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$70,933
Tuition and Fees
$55,478
Room and Board
$13,950
Books and Supplies
$1,400
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
gs-admit@columbia.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
June 1
Award Notification
Not reported
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is E00487
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
31 (72.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
30 (96.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
28 (93.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2 (7.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
32%
Average Award
$19,986
Need-Based Gift
Received by 28 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $14,367
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 20 (71.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,867
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
1 (2.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,489

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
880 (83.7%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
834 (94.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
822 (98.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
19 (2.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
42%
Average Award
$30,920
Need-Based Gift
Received by 814 (99.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $23,244
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 649 (79.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,008
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 15 (1.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
56 (5.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,944

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
Not reported
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Archeology
  • Architectural History and Criticism, General
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • French Studies
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Psychology, General
  • Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Slavic Studies
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Statistics, General
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing, General
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Engineering, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Business administration, engineering, social work, international affairs, public policy, public health, law, dental medicine, occupational therapy
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
Not reported
Part-Time Faculty
Not reported
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
Not reported
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


New York Population
8,244,910
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New York City
Campus Size
36 acres

Weather

Temperature
24.9 average low in January, 78.9 average high in September
Rain
119 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in New York City
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in New York City

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
28% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
72%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Not available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
 
School Colors
 

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Archery x      
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Fencing x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Lacrosse x      
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Squash x   x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Archery x  
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Archery    
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse    
Soccer x  
Softball    
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
badminton, equestrian sports, ice hockey, racquetball, rugby, sailing, skiing (downhill), table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
badminton, equestrian sports, ice hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, rugby, sailing, skiing (downhill), table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, equestrian sports, football, racquetball, soccer, table tennis, volleyball, weight lifting

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, general studies student council
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,068
Women
844 (40.8%)
Men
1,224 (59.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,504
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.6% Asian
6.8% Black/African-American
12.3% Hispanic/Latino
0.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
61.8% White
6.6% Unknown
International Students.
20.5%
Average Age
27
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
 
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
Not reported
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
Not reported

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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