GS Welcomes Record Number of Students to Dual BA Program's Fall 2021 Incoming Class

The incoming Class of 2025 will be the largest cohort of students to enroll in the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Trinity College Dublin since its launch in 2017. 

June 09, 2021

This fall, the Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) will welcome a record number of students to the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Trinity College Dublin. The Class of 2025 includes 74 students, out of 250 applicants, that hail from all over the world. 

In April, GS hosted two celebratory and informative welcome events for students who were admitted to the Program. Students and their families met with key representatives from both GS and Trinity College Dublin, currently enrolled students and alumni of the Program, as well as their fellow newly admitted students.

"In my three years of working with the Trinity program, I have been consistently impressed with the openness, motivation, and passion that Trinity Dual BA students possess. I look forward to following their journeys beyond Trinity and Columbia, as they undoubtedly will make a lasting impact on the world," said Lindsey Siferd, Admissions Manager at GS. 

Dual BA Program students earn two bachelor's degrees in four years—one from Trinity College Dublin and one from Columbia University. After two years of studying in Dublin’s city center, students will attend Columbia in the heart of New York City and pursue a major that corresponds to their Trinity program of study, as well as fulfill requirements for the Core Curriculum. The unique combination of Trinity's in-depth, focused curriculum and Columbia's Core Curriculum prepares students to become leaders in the humanities, international affairs, politics, science, and more.

An Overview of the Fall 2021 Incoming Class

This year, the Program accepted 36% of its record 250 applicants, with 114 students being offered the opportunity to interview with admissions managers. The 74 students who committed to the Program will begin their studies at Trinity College Dublin in the fall of 2021 following one of eleven majors across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The academic pathways of study have expanded since the inauguration of the program in November 2017, including a range of subjects such as biology and biomedical sciences, film, philosophy, English studies, history, geography and geosciences, and more. 

The incoming class represents a total of 21 countries including Ireland, the United States, Japan, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, Kenya, and more. 33% of the diverse student body has dual citizenship, with the most common combinations being Ireland and the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and the United States and the United Kingdom. 35% of students are “international” students, with no American citizenship (dual or otherwise).