About GSAC

The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) is the student government that represents M.A. and Ph.D. students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and affiliated programs. GSAC is committed to improving the quality of life of Columbia’s graduate students by providing social, cultural, and academic opportunities and by communicating and advocating for the needs of graduate students with the Columbia administration.

Every year, GSAC organizes numerous social and cultural events for Columbia graduate students, including wine tastings, discounted tickets to shows and concerts, mixers with other schools, and an annual boat cruise. Additional events organized by GSAC include career seminars and networking events with alumni. GSAC also provides recognition for student groups and funding for student-led academic and social initiatives. In addition, GSAC supports student research by providing funding for travel to conferences. Upcoming GSAC events and funding opportunities are announced in weekly newsletters and can be found on our website and social media pages.

GSAC is composed of representatives from each graduate-degree granting program within GSAS and is led by a steering committee elected by the program representatives. We meet as a full plenary body once a month in the new Graduate Student Center in 301 Philosophy Hall; check the GSAC calendar below for upcoming plenary meetings. If you are interested in participating in student government or want to learn more about what GSAC can do for you as a student, please attend!

We look forward to serving you during your time as a graduate student at Columbia! Look out for our weekly emails to keep up to date with GSAC opportunities, and feel free to use Twitter or Facebook to stay in touch.

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