Educating Returning Veterans

Following the war, over two million veterans used the benefits in the G.I. Bill to obtain a college education. To accommodate the large numbers interested in attending its programs, Columbia expanded its enrollments and constructed temporary buildings on the plaza between present-day Uris Hall and Low Library.  The Veterans’ Center, also called University Hall Annex, was built in 1947 and stood until the early 1950s.

University Hall Annex, a complex of temporary buildings behind Low Library, for use by veterans on campus.
University Hall Annex, a complex of temporary buildings behind Low Library, for use by veterans on campus.
Courtesy Columbia University Archives