(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.