1 May 2019



(Partially Funded)


Columbia University School of General Studies (GS): Financing Your Education

Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) is the undergraduate college created specifically for students like you—those with nontraditional backgrounds who, after a break of a year or more in their educational paths, are now seeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League education. Most students at GS have, for personal or professional reasons, interrupted their education, never attended college, or are only able to attend part-time.

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Columbia students enjoy close, collegial interaction with faculty members who are widely recognized as leading scholars in their disciplines. Most courses meet in small seminar-style classes. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 6 to 1.

Opportunity Focus Areas: 

  • Bachelor of Arts and the areas of study:
  • African-American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Ancient Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Art History and Visual Arts
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Business Management*
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature and Society
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science- Mathematics
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Data Science
  • Drama and Theater Arts
  • Earth Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Economics- Mathematics
  • Economics- Philosophy
  • Economics- Political Science
  • Economics- Statistics
  • Education*
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Ethnicity and Race Studies
  • Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Financial Economics
  • French
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • German Literature and Cultural History
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Human Rights
  • Information Science
  • Italian
  • Jazz Studies*
  • Jewish Studies*
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Linguistics*
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics- Statistics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies*
  • Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
  • Modern Greek Studies*
  • Music
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Political Science- Statistics
  • Portuguese Studies*
  • Psychology
  • Regional Studies
  • Religion
  • Russian Language and Culture
  • Russian Literature and Culture
  • Slavic Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Urban Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Yiddish Studies

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

4 years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • A completed application, using an online application.
  • Official* high school transcripts, secondary school records, or GED/TASC test results. Applicants with a GED or TASC and two or more years of high school will need to submit their high school transcripts.
  • Official* transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Official* test score
  1. Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT).
  2. Students who have no test scores may take the Online General Studies Admissions Examination at a cost of $50.
  • Online GS Admissions Exam (College Board), an on-demand exam derived from the College Board’s Next-Generation Accuplacer.
  • Test (TOEFL), (IELTS) for whom their first language was not English. GS requires a score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL, or a 600 or better on the paper version, a score of 7.0 on the IELTS or a score of 75.
  • One typed, double-spaced essay of approximately 1,500-2,000 words. See the Application for Admission for the essay question.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources.
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $80 in the form of a check or money order payable to Columbia University. Applicants using the online application may use a credit card to pay the $80 fee.
  • New Student Scholarship Application**

** Submitting the GS New Student Scholarship Application is optional but highly recommended. The New Student Scholarship Application must be completed and submitted by the appropriate deadline in order to receive priority consideration.

Please note: Documents not in English must be accompanied by certified translations.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • Approximately 70 percent of all GS students receive some form of financial aid. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for financial aid when completing an admissions application.
  • While General Studies scholarships can range from $500 to $25,000, students in their first period of enrollment will typically receive a scholarship between $9,000 and $12,000. Scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated academic achievement and are influenced by financial need. Amounts typically increase from year to year based on academic success.

How to Apply

First Step: Apply to the University. Register the online application and then fill out the information required from here

Second Step: Bring all application materials and documents required above.

Third Step: Please mail application materials and documents to :

Office of Admissions and Educational Financing, School of General Studies, Columbia University,408 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101,2970 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.

Fourth Step : Apply for Financial Aid for International Student just click this link

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This Scholarship Published by:
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