My advice. If you feel like 1) you don't want to go straight to college or 2) your grades arent quite up to Columbia standards but you have a high SAT score....join the military. Spend a couple of years gaining real world experience, and the fortitude and discipline that comes with it...then come back and go to GS. I have many friends who did this. One is currently at Harvard Law, another at Stanford Med, and a third is now an officer commanding a special forces team. Like was said before, GS caters to the non-traditional students. Many come out of the services. The experience is invaluable.
My dad stopped college in France, went to the Army special forces (Airborne ranger) and was accepted to GS after that. After a few years of experience, he attended MIT Sloan. Noone ever asked him if he attended GS or CC during his work interviews...
It took about 6 weeks to get my acceptance package. They sent it out through FED-EX last week. Once your application is complete, GS told me that it takes about 4-6 weeks to get a decision back. Unlike the college, decisions are done on a rolling basis, so they do not send out all of the notices at one time. Good luck!
Has anyone here graduated with a joint degree from List College (the undergraduate school of the Jewish Theological Seminary) and the College of General Studiesl? I wasn't aware that all students are older. I wonder how this would be for a freshman right out of high school who wants to meet students more his age. Does he have classes with only these older people or would he be likely to have classes with typical freshman entering Columbia College? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Have any of you that applied in mid-march for this fall semester gotten letters of acceptance/rejection yet? The viewbook does say it takes around 6 weeks to get your notification but I was just nervously wondering if that information was really accurate.
Also,does the GS acceptance package come through the USPS or through a courier service like FedEx or UPS? Thanks for your response.
U.S. Military for the tuition. Side job and scholarships for the room and board.
Other ways that my friends have paid for Columbia include pell grants, loans, and scholarships. Check out one of the scholarship guide books you can get from barnes and noble, apply for a bunch and you are likely to get a few.