To activate your NetID, go to the NYU Start page and follow the on-screen prompts. Once you have activated your NetID, you will be able to activate your NYUHome service, which should give you access to your NYU email, as well as other crucial services, including Albert, NYU’s registration and student records system.

Please keep in mind that all official university correspondence, both from Gallatin specifically and from NYU generally, will be directed to your NYU email address. As such, you must check your NYU email regularly: this will ensure that you are aware of and up to date on important deadlines, upcoming events, and other crucial information. We know, we know: technology is a burden as much as a blessing, and everyone should put the phone down and spend more time with friends and family. But still: make it a point to check your NYU email regularly.


(AKA: What is a pre-registration adviser? And how is this person different from my primary faculty adviser and my class adviser?)

In order to help you register for your first semester at Gallatin, you will be working with a Pre-Registration Adviser, a member of the Gallatin faculty who has agreed to assist incoming first-year students in advance of registration. Your Pre-Registration Adviser will discuss your interests with you and help you think about how to best realize them at Gallatin. During your pre-registration conversation, your adviser can help clarify Gallatin requirements, as well as offer suggestions of classes that may be of interest. He or she will approve your Plan of Study in advance of registration on June 3. (While you may stay in touch with your Pre-Registration Adviser—indeed, it’s very common for Gallatin students to foster close relationships with many faculty members in our community—once you register for Fall 2019 classes, you should direct all questions and concerns to the First-Year Class Adviser, with whom you will continue to work throughout your first year at Gallatin.)

Shortly before the start of the fall semester, you will receive the name and contact information of your Primary Faculty Adviser, the faculty member—either at Gallatin or at another department at NYU, depending on your particular set of interests—who will work with you over the course of your time here to develop and articulate an individualized, interdisciplinary, integrated concentration. Your Primary Faculty Adviser will help you with short- and long-term planning and see you through various key Gallatin capstone moments, including the Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration (IAPC) and the Colloquium. Your adviser will also approve a variety of forms, most notably the Plan of Study in future semesters, as well as internship and independent study proposals.  (A quick note: Your adviser will share some of your academic interests and scholarly concerns, but it’s also important to remember that you will be embarking on an individualized course of study. It is possible, or even likely, that your particular combination of interests will be entirely unique to you, and working with people approaching similar issues from different vantage points is an opportunity, not a problem. Moreover, you might productively think of your Primary Faculty Adviser as a key member of your advising team, which could and should include other faculty members who can offer additional advice and suggestions according to their –and your—areas of academic inquiry and professional interests.)

The Class Adviser, working with a cohort of students—first-years; sophomores; juniors; seniors; or transfer students at the moment of transition—clarifies policies and procedures and reminds students of upcoming deadlines. Class Advisers also offer support in moments of academic difficulty and otherwise assist you throughout various requirements and expectations.


In order to be paired with a Pre-Registration Adviser you must complete the Pre-Registration Interests Survey. Please make sure to complete the Survey—and give us a quick overview of your academic interests—by May 14 at 12pm Eastern Time. If you complete the Survey by the due date, you should expect to receive the name and contact information for your adviser on or around May 21. (Please keep in mind that not all faculty member are available to advise at this moment, and you may find that your Pre-Registration Adviser is not perfectly and exactly a match. Should that be the case, don’t panic. Much like Gallatin students, Gallatin faculty work interdisciplinarily: your adviser will help you think about how to best situate your interests in the context of the liberal arts and suggest departments across NYU for you to explore.)

Once you have had a chance to discuss your Fall 2019 plans with your Pre-Registration Adviser, you will need to complete the Advising Questionnaire. The questionnaire helps us understand your academic interests and allows us to start getting to know you. As such it is instrumental—crucial!—to matching you with an adviser. Please make sure to complete the Advising Questionnaire after submitting your Plan of Study and no later than June 7.


In order to ensure the most productive conversation with your Pre-Registration Adviser, it is essential to prepare in advance. One of the best ways to do so is to familiarize yourself with the Gallatin philosophy, to begin understanding the interdisciplinary, integrated, individualized concentration (though you are certainly not expected to know, at this moment, what your concentration might be!), and to get acquainted with the liberal arts and the many departments and disciplines throughout NYU. You should read through the Academic Resource Guide (ARG), which outlines Gallatin policies and procedures, and will give you a sense of the opportunities of and restrictions on your first semester (and beyond).

As an incoming first-year Gallatin student, you must take a First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (FYIS) and a First-Year Writing Seminar (FYWS). (In the spring, you will take a First-Year Research Seminar [FYRS].) These classes are small, enabling vibrant discussions and offering a chance to begin building community among Gallatin students and between students and faculty. The flipside of these advantages is limited enrollment, and, as such, we very, very strongly recommend that you consider at least five options for each of these required courses. Do note that these courses are first and foremost intended to be “how,” rather than “what” classes: the FYIS is meant to introduce you to interdisciplinary study and help you put interdisciplinarity into action by illustrating how to ask questions that might benefit from interdisciplinary approaches and modeling inquiry that transcends disciplinary boundaries; the FYWS is meant to help you develop and practice key writing skills, to prepare you for the task of essay writing in college. It is of course a great thing to be immediately intrigued by and interested in a particular course theme, but it is also necessary to keep in mind that all of the available FYIS and FYWS courses will help you realize the crucial goals of the First-Year Program, and your best strategy is keeping an open mind.

Indeed, keeping an open mind is the best possible approach to preparing for your pre-registration discussion (and to registration itself). Do your homework: read through all of the information found on this portal, and take time to consider your interests and your goals for your first semester at Gallatin. It’s great too if you begin generating some ideas about how these goals might be pursued in terms of potential classes. But make sure to hear what your Pre-Registration Adviser has to say. Sometimes, your adviser might suggest a department you have not considered or recommend a course that may not seem immediately applicable but could offer an important approach to your inquiries.


Most classes offered by the university are posted on the Albert Course Search. You can access the Public Course Search through the Albert landing page, or via your Student Center shopping cart. (The advantage of the first option is that it’s quick—no login required; the advantage of the second is that it allows you to add classes to the shopping cart, which, in turn, allows you to validate them and eventually enroll in them.)

Make sure to use filters on the right-hand side of the course search to make finding classes more efficient and more productive. First, select the term: in this case, Fall 2019. (Though it seems like the only option, you’ll want to check the box, to ensure that Albert returns only those classes being offered in the coming fall semester, rather than potentially pull up archived courses that may not be applicable.) It can be helpful too to set the Academic Career filter to “Undergraduate”; the “Open/Closed/Waitlist” filter to “Open,” to see a list of available courses; and the “Units” filter if you are interested in, for example, 2-unit options. Once you have set your search parameters, you can select specific departments. Within each department, you will see a list of courses (typically, though not always, accompanied by a description, which, if one is available, you should of course read carefully). Make sure you also open the notes section for courses of interest: when you click on the green sideways arrow—“Click here to learn more”—you’ll see the course meeting days and times, as well as other important information, including pre-requisites and other restrictions on registration.

Ideally, you will set aside an hour or two to look through the course offerings in all departments where it is possible for Gallatin students to take courses. Departments often offer courses you might not immediately and obviously expect: for example, language departments in CAS will often offer literature and film courses, taught in English; the CAMS—or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies—program is a source of psychology courses; the undergraduate offerings of the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service look at public policy and social entrepreneurship.   

A final note: not all departments will annotate their course offerings, and we encourage you to take a look at the course descriptions posted on departmental sites, especially when the department in question is of particular interest. In some cases, this is the only way to see a course description: for example, the comparative literature department in CAS offers descriptions of its classes only on its site. It can also be helpful to get a sense of a department’s structure and expectations, and the best way of doing so is through the site. 


All first-year Gallatin students take a First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar and a First-Year Writing Seminar in the first semester. They may also enroll in available Arts Workshops and Advanced Writing Courses. However, first-year students may not enroll in internships, independent studies, or tutorials in the first semester. (You will have plenty of time for these non-classroom projects, which require significant advance planning and adviser discussion, in your time at Gallatin.) First-year students are also strongly discouraged from registering for Gallatin’s interdisciplinary seminars, or IDSEMs, which are, implicitly, advanced courses, presuming familiarity with materials typically encountered in introductory courses.

The first year is a good time to explore your interests and discover new ones, and most Gallatin students will use their first semester to begin venturing around the university to complement their required First-Year Program courses. Gallatin may students may generally take courses in most of the schools, departments and programs of NYU, including the College of Arts and Science; the College of Global Public Health; the Silver School of Social Work; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; the Stern School of Business; the Tandon School of Engineering; the Tisch School of the Arts; and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Keep in mind, however, that each department will be governed by its own rules and restrictions, and it’s necessary to be aware of the policies and procedures in place for departments of particular interest to you. You may want to take a look at the overview of NYU Departments and Programs to get the general lay of the land, but make sure to read Albert annotations carefully and take some time to visit the departmental website for any department of particular interest. It may also be helpful to read through the brief overview of academic disciplines, which includes suggestions of departments potentially relevant to various interests.

You’ll notice, as you review policies, that many departments have a clearly articulated structure, requiring you to follow a particular sequence of courses. While you need not, as a Gallatin student, necessarily concern yourself with requirements for majors–you and your adviser will determine what your concentration requires!–you will be expected to satisfy all stated pre-requisites. In many cases, you will need to take introductory courses, and you are advised to do so even when no explicit pre-requisite is stated. Starting with the introductory lectures ensures that you are prepared for the work demanded by smaller, more advanced seminars.

Students may use qualifying advanced standing results, including AP and IB scores, in order to place out of an introductory course. The Equivalencies Chart indicates the exams and results that may be used for placement. (Gallatin students may not post advanced standing credits to their transcripts until the end of sophomore year, but they may be used for placement at any time and independently of posting. Keep in mind that completing the course equivalent means forfeiting credit for the advanced standing results.) Some departments–notably those offering foreign languages and math–allow students to take placement exams to determine the appropriate course level.


Flat-rate tuition covers 12-18 units per semester, and a minimum of 12 units is required to maintain full-time student status. (NOTE: students who live in NYU Housing, receive financial aid, and/or are on an F-1 or J-1 visa are generally required to maintain full-time status.) In order to complete 128 units—the number of units required to earn a B.A. degree from Gallatin—students need to take an average of 16 units per semester over the course of 8 semesters. We would recommend, in most cases, that you take 16 units to start to get a clear and realistic sense of what the average course load entails, but you should discuss your particular needs and plans with your pre-registration adviser. If, for example, you are considering accelerating your timeline to graduation, 18 units might make sense for you from the start of your time in Gallatin.

As a first-year Gallatin student, you must complete the First-Year Sequence: the First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar and the First-Year Writing Seminar in the fall; the First-Year Research Seminar in the spring. That is, in your first semester, you must take a First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar and a First-Year Writing Seminar. Together, these courses add up to 8 units. (Do make sure you are actively considering at least five options for each of your required first-semester courses, as these classes are very small and will fill up quickly.)

Beyond your first-year requirements, look for courses that will prepare you to do advanced coursework in those disciplines you envision becoming part of your concentration. Talk with your Pre-Registration Adviser about the courses that might effectively prepare you to bring your interests together and consider how you might explore your concerns from new perspectives. Make sure to pay attention to pre-requisites set by the departments in which you seek to do advanced coursework, and try to satisfy these pre-requisites early in your college career.

A special note to students interested in pre-professional options: the virtue of pursuing these fields at Gallatin is that they will be contextualized and historicized by Gallatin’s liberal arts focus, allowing for critical perspectives on your career goals. If you are planning on pursuing a pre-health curriculum, make sure to indicate this intention on your Pre-Registration Interests Survey, as well as to let your Pre-Registration Adviser know. As a pre-health student, you must complete a set curriculum of required courses, and it’s important to get started in your first semester. Keep in mind that generally, pre-health students take MATH-UA 121 Calculus I and CHEM-UA 125 General Chemistry I in their first semester. However, depending on your calculus readiness—students must meet the criteria outlined by the math department—and other interests, it’s important to discuss your options with your Pre-Registration Adviser to effectively position yourself to successfully complete the required sequence of courses.

Finally, some tips on building a balanced schedule:

  • Too much of a good thing can be too much. For example, taking four courses that demand a lot of reading and writing can make for a term that feels repetitive and exhausting. Consider taking a course that might shake up your academic routine or otherwise offer a new perspective and help you develop new skills.
  • Lecture courses at NYU tend to have required recitation components, and you must register for both to take the course. (Many science courses will also have a lab.) Recitations are small, discussion-based sections that give students a chance to reflect on the content presented in the large lecture, and you will need to account for the additional time commitment they will require in your schedule.
  • Know your learning styles and keep them in mind when deciding between lecture and seminar courses, morning and evening courses. Try to be as honest with yourself as possible and put together a schedule that accurately reflects the ways in which you learn best. Do be aware, however, that students often find that their sense of what works changes over time.
  • Consider your week as a whole, and be sure to allow adequate time to complete the reading and assignments that will be required in your courses. Make sure as well to allow for other commitments you will likely make, including involvement in extracurricular activities. (You may generally expect to devote 8-10 hours of work to each class beyond the time you spend in the classroom.)
  • Be attentive to scheduling conflicts! Albert, NYU’s student information system, which you will be using to register, will not allow you to register for courses that overlap or are less than 15 minutes apart.


Before you begin choosing your Fall 2019 courses, both in Gallatin and from throughout the undergraduate schools and programs at NYU, it is worthwhile taking a moment to understand some requirements. Perhaps the most important thing to consider about the requirements is the fact that they have been instituted to give your concentration depth and breadth, to ensure that you approach your interests from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and with academic rigor. As such, you should not take a course only because it satisfies a requirement; rather you will want to consider how the requirements might be used as lenses on things you are already interested in. Discuss with your Pre-Registration Adviser how a requirement that seems, on first look, to be beyond the parameters of your expected concentration might help you develop potentially productive approaches to your ideas. Keep an open mind as you browse NYU’s course offerings: a Gallatin concentration should be a dynamic intellectual endeavor, so give your interests a chance to evolve in exciting and illuminating ways.

Undergraduate Core Requirement: 34 units

The Undergraduate Core consists of both credit-bearing and non-credit bearing requirements.

Students must complete 32 units in Gallatin courses, all of which contain the letters “UG” in the course number. In fulfilling this requirement, incoming first-year students must earn 4 units in the First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar, 4 units in the First-Year Writing Seminar, 4 units in the First-Year Research Seminar, and 12 units in additional interdisciplinary seminars (IDSEMs). Any remaining units may be taken in other Gallatin curricular offerings, including additional interdisciplinary seminars (which you can plan on taking after the completion of your FYIS), advanced writing courses, arts workshops, practicum courses, Gallatin travel courses, experiential learning (internships, private lessons), and individualized projects (independent studies, tutorials). (Please note that first-year students in their first semester may not receive credit for internships or undertake individualized projects.)

In addition to the 32-unit course requirements, student must complete the following:

  • Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration (IAPC)
    Students, in consultation with their Primary Faculty Adviser, must write a two- to three-page essay, describing their intellectual and academic trajectory and framing their concentration and plans for pursuing their individualized course of study, by the end of the semester in which they complete 64 units toward the B.A. degree, typically the second semester of the sophomore year.
  • Rationale and List of Works
    Students are required to submit (1) a five- to eight-page adviser-approved consideration of a topic or topics related to their concentration, and (2) an adviser-approved list of works consisting of 20-25 works representing several academic disciplines and historical periods related to the theme or themes described in the rationale.
  • Senior Colloquium (COLLQ-UG, 2 units)
    In their penultimate semester, students must successfully complete a two-hour presentation and discussion with their adviser and two other faculty members, with the rationale and booklist serving as the main focus. Students earn 2 units, required as part of the Undergraduate Core, for successfully completing the colloquium.

All Gallatin students must complete the Liberal Arts and the Historical and Cultural Requirements

The Liberal Arts requirement is comprised of 8 units in the humanities; 8 units in the social sciences; and 4 units in mathematics or natural science. Satisfying this requirement will help ensure you are prepared to articulate an interdisciplinary concentration, one making use of various methodologies and approaches and attentive to multi-disciplinary conventions. The Historical and Cultural requirement is constituted by 4 units in the premodern period, 4 units in the early modern period, and 4 units in global cultures. Satisfying this requirement will help give your concentration a historical trajectory and a cross-cultural context, as well as prepare you for composing your list of works and rationale in preparation for the Colloquium. Keep in mind that a single course can count for multiple requirements across categories; for example, an IDSEM that qualifies as a humanities and a premodern course would simultaneously count towards the Undergraduate Core, the IDSEM units, and the humanities and premodern requirements. However, the Liberal Arts and Historical and Cultural Requirements can also be satisfied with courses taken outside of Gallatin.


As you prepare for registration, please take a moment to update your information, including your own contact info and your emergency contact info, in your Student Center. Now, check for registration holds: until your adviser approves your Plan of Study, you will have an Adviser Approval hold on your account, but there may also be other holds you will need to address before you will be formally able to register; if you are unsure about how to handle a hold or whether it will impact your ability to register, please be in touch with Yevgeniya Traps.

Make sure, as you search for classes, to place all courses you are considering for the fall in your “shopping cart” and make sure to use the “validate” feature, which should alert you to any potential problems with registering for a class, including time conflicts and missing pre-requisites. In some cases, you will, when validating, receive an error message, indicating that you have not met the pre-requisite for a course, though you may believe that you have in fact satisfied the requirement. For example, if you are planning on using an AP or other advanced standing score for placement, be advised that Albert has no way of recognizing qualifying scores, and you will thus need to be in touch with the relevant department to obtain permission numbers and/or special authorization to register. You may also need or wish to take a placement exam: in such cases, it may be necessary to register for a placeholder course—typically, a more introductory class in the department—until you are able to register for a course determined to be level-appropriate by exam.

After you have discussed your fall course options with your Pre-Registration Adviser, you must submit the Plan of Study, reflecting a realistic plan that represents your advising conversation and your understanding of first-semester requirements, for your adviser’s approval. Please do not submit this form until after you have discussed your course selections with your Pre-Registration Adviser, and make sure to pay particular attention to your Pre-Registration Adviser’s instructions about the Plan of Study submission. Generally, you should include, on the Plan of Study form, the best-case registration scenario, but your adviser may ask you to include other options, and it’s essential that you follow the agreed upon procedure. You will receive an email from Gallatin’s Office of Student Services confirming that you have been cleared to register upon submission of your Pre-Registration Adviser’s approval. Should there be any need for revision and/or a follow-up conversation, your Pre-Registration Adviser will let you know.


At your assigned registration appointment—June 3 at 2pm Eastern for all incoming first-year Gallatin students—you will be able to select the classes for which you wish to register from your shopping cart, then hit the “Enroll” option. If you receive an error message for any of your selections, you will be able to select alternate options from the shopping cart, and again hit “Enroll.”

A few important points to keep in mind:

  • Make sure to register for a First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar and a First-Year Writing Seminar, both of which are required courses for all incoming Gallatin first-years. Keep in mind that these classes do not have waitlists: while you will be able to make changes, should space become available in a class that had been closed, you must, while you wait and see, register for an alternate possibility for the required courses.
  • If a class you were hoping to take is full but has a waitlist available, you should place yourself on the list, as things will continue to change in the lead up to the semester. That said, the waitlist offers no guarantees, and you should be officially enrolled in the number of units you intend to take in Fall 2019.
  • If you have placed yourself on a waitlist for a course while registering for an alternate course in the meantime, make sure to use the swap function to avoid being bypassed on the waitlist due to time conflicts or to exceeding credit limits.

After you have finished enrolling, you should confirm your registration by reviewing your final schedule: be sure to correct all registration mistakes before the first day of classes to avoid financial penalties.

  • Although you are enrolled in courses, the registration process is not complete until you pay your bill and are “financially cleared.” If you do not meet the payment deadline, you may be de-enrolled and lose your place in your classes.
  • To ensure that you are officially registered, view your Bursar Account in the “Finances” section of your Student Center and make payment by the deadline: the NYU tuition payment deadlines are listed on the Office of the Bursar’s website; in addition to payment information, please review the following financial resources also found on the Office of the Bursar’s site: Tuition and Fees; Electronic Billing; Tuition Payment The NYU Refund Policy.
  • Make sure to check your NYU email account on a regular basis to avoid missing important reminders and announcements from the Gallatin Office of Advising and Student Services, as well as communication from other NYU offices. (If you prefer to use a personal email account, make sure you set up mail forwarding, as you are responsible for knowing any and all information directed to your NYU address.)
  • Be sure to check the Gallatin Registration Calendar to remain informed of important deadlines throughout the semester.