School of General Studies

The School of General Studies of Columbia University is the finest liberal arts college in the United States created specifically for returning and nontraditional students seeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League undergraduate degree full- or part-time.

In celebration of 70 years of excellence in education for nontraditional students at GS, and Dean Peter J. Awn’s 20 years of visionary leadership, GS students, alumni, and supporters are striving to set new school records for number of individual gifts and percentage of new gifts.

Contributions to the GS Annual Fund support scholarships for a diverse student body, including artists, dancers, veterans, entrepreneurs, parents, and many other outstanding students who have taken nontraditional paths. Your support is both essential and appreciated.

When Columbians come together, extraordinary things can happen in a day’s time. On October 21, 2015, thousands of individuals from the Columbia University community made an unprecedented impact through Columbia Giving Day. The generosity of these alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends is changing the lives of Columbians who will change the world. Thank you!

Crowdfunding Opportunities

Now, you can be a part of a new way of giving that advances a cause you’re passionate about. Open the door to an Ivy League education for a student-veteran: help bridge the gap between the funds provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the cost of tuition at GS.