New Student Guide

New Student Guide

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University! As you prepare to begin your studies at GSAS, please be sure that you are following the steps outlined in our New Student Checklist. You may find answers to frequently asked questions here, and below are several resources that can assist with your transition to Columbia.



View detailed information about housing for MA and PhD students, as well as additional housing resources.
Health & Well-Being
Billing & Payments
Scholarship & Professional Development

Policy Handbook

All master's and doctoral students should familiarize themselves with and follow the policies of the university, the Graduate School, and their individual programs of study.

GSAS Writing Studio

The GSAS Writing Studio is dedicated to supporting and building community among Arts and Sciences doctoral students who are in the process of writing the dissertation.

Student Employment

Students who wish to work while they study at GSAS may pursue work-study or non-work-study positions.
Student Life & Community

Graduate Student Government

Students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are represented by two councils, both of which facilitate communication between graduate students and the Columbia administration.

Diversity and Inclusion

At GSAS, diversity is an academic value, one that is a marker of institutional excellence as well as a benchmark of innovation for our research, programming, and student environment.

Graduate Student Center

This space brings together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty from across schools.
For International Students