New & Prospective Students

Welcome New & Prospective Students

Our mission is to provide military veterans with resources, opportunities, and support to gain admittance and excel at School of General Studies (GS) of Columbia University.

Since World War II, the School of General Studies has served veterans who interrupted their education to serve their country. Like these military service women and men, most students at GS have, for personal or professional reasons, interrupted their education, never attended college, or can only attend part-time. They have found that military veterans bring a wealth of life experience to the classroom, and contribute in a unique way to the diversity and cultural richness of the University.

Please visit the Military Veterans section of the School of General Studies’ official website to learn more about the opportunities offered to Columbia undergraduate students, and how to take advantage of your benefits as a U.S. military veteran at Columbia.


I’ve never considered the Ivy League or anything like that … What does GS look for in an applicant?

The School of General Studies of Columbia University is the finest liberal arts college in the United States created specifically for returning and nontraditional studentsthose with a break of a year or more in their educational pathsseeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League undergraduate degree full or part time.

Is the application process for veterans and military personnel different from the regular application process?

No, all applicants follow the same application procedures, which are detailed on the Admissions sections of the GS and Postbac Premed websites.

Are SAT or ACT scores required for admission to GS?

Official scores from the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) assessment taken within the last eight years are required. Standardized scores should be reported directly to Columbia by the testing service. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code number for GS is 2095. The ACT code number for GS is 2716. Students who have no test scores or test scores older than eight years are required to take the General Studies Admissions Examination (GSAE) at a cost of $50.

For more information, please visit the Admissions Exams page.


Does Columbia participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Yes, Columbia partakes in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program. Both GS undergraduates and Postbac Premed Program students are eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. More information is available here.

Are there special financial aid opportunities for veterans and military personnel?

Yes. Please review the options on the Financial Aid page.

Is GS covered by the GI Bill?

Yes. For more details regarding resources available to military veterans who are enrolled at GS, including the GI Bill, please visit the Military Veterans page.

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