The School of General Studies (GS) of Columbia University is one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the United States created specifically for returning and nontraditional students seeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League undergraduate degree full or part time. Most students at GS have, for personal or professional reasons, interrupted their education, never attended college, or are only able to attend part time. GS 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 students come from varied backgrounds and all walks of life. Many students work full time while pursuing a degree, and many have family responsibilities; others attend classes full time and experience Columbia's more traditional college life. In the classroom, the diversity and varied personal experience of the student body promote discussion and debate, fostering an environment of academic rigor and intellectual development. GS has approximately 1,800 undergraduate degree candidates and more than 450 Postbaccalaureate Premedical students. The average age of a GS student is 28. More than 70 percent of GS students attend classes full time.
In addition to its bachelor's degree program, GS offers combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs with Columbia's Schools of Engineering and Applied Science, Social Work, International and Public Affairs, Law, Business, Dental Medicine, Teachers College, Public Health, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. More than 70 percent of the students go on to earn advanced degrees after graduation.
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