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Senior year at Gallatin holds a number of exciting opportunities for students to develop new projects, share academic work, and to celebrate their academic achievements. Students continue taking Gallatin interdisciplinary seminars in their senior year and take advanced courses through NYU in their fields of focus. Advisers and students are working together closely during the last two semesters to support finishing with strong grades, a rich colloquium, and a valuable end to their undergraduate careers.

In the penultimate semester of the senior year, students participate in the senior colloquium. The colloquium is a final oral examination involving a two-hour conversation with three faculty members. At the colloquium, students synthesize their learning experiences they have had in and out of the classroom into an integrated discussion based on a self-selected list of texts.  

In the second semester of the senior year, students work on capstone projects showcased through various channels such as the Gallatin Arts Festival, Senior Symposium, theatrical productions, and the Environmental Studies Partnership. All seniors have the option to undertake a Senior Project. Senior project proposals are due at the end of the fall semester, and are evaluated by faculty committee. The committee supports proposals of exceptional merit that continue a sustained line of inquiry related to a student's concentration. During the second senior semester, the majority of students are also applying or preparing to apply to graduate school, national fellowships and scholarships, the Gallatin Dean's Award for Graduating Seniors, and professional employment.

Senior Class Adviser

As with everyone in the Office of Advising, the Senior Class Adviser is here to support academic progress toward the completion of the degree. In the semesters leading up to graduation, students get in touch with the Senior Class Adviser in order to:

...answer questions about their concentrations, degree requirements, or graduation timing

...gain assistance in formulating the focus of the colloquium and rationale

...gather suggestions regarding course selection

...overcome academic challenges and devise a plan to graduate successfully

...learn more about funding opportunities through Gallatin and NYU through the reasons to take a course pass/fail

...gain support in communicating with their primary faculty adviser

...understand the best way to ask for a requirement waiver or amendment

...answer questions about how to ask for letters of recommendation

...get feedback on award or fellowship proposal drafts

Meeting with the Senior Class Advisers

Ben Brooks and Meredith Theeman have walk-in office hours each week. Feel welcome to stop by without an appointment. 

Monday 12:00-2:30 (MT)

Wednesday 2:30-5:00 (BB & MT)

Friday 9:30-12:00 (BB)

Senior Class Emails

Students in the senior class receive regular correspondence from the Senior Class Adviser, which contain timely, important information regarding registration deadlines, colloquium workshops, events, and opportunities. Seniors should read these senior-focused emails as they come in, but the Office of Advising also maintains the Senior Class Email Archive for your reference.  


Colloquium Planning

Students are encouraged to begin planning for the colloquium as soon as possible.  Seniors should set up a meeting with their primary faculty adviser early in the semester to touch base regarding the timeline for rationale and booklist development, and preparations for the colloquium. Read about the colloquium requirement, and learn about Gallatin's expectations for the conversation. Information about rationale and booklist review cycles and colloquium completion deadlines is available as well.  The Colloquium FAQ will likely address many questions!

Students entering Gallatin in Fall 2015 or later will be required to register for COLLQ-UG during the semester in which the colloquium is completed. This two credit requirement formalizes the time and effort needed to successfully prepare for the colloquium. Students who began their studies at Gallatin prior to Fall 2015 have the option to register. Details about COLLQ-UG are available here.

One hour colloquium workshops, held throughout the year, are led by the Junior and Senior Class Advisers. These workshops will articulate the timeline and expectations for the colloquium process. All Juniors and Seniors are advised to attend a colloquium workshop early in their planning processes. Before attending a workshop, read the information online.

Fall 2015 Colloquium Workshops:

  • Friday, September 11, 2:00 - 3:00 in room 501
  • Wednesday, September 23, 10:00 - 11:00 in room 801
  • Thursday, October 15, 5:00 - 6:00 in room 801
  • Thursday, November 12, 10:00 - 11:00 in room 801

Away from campus? Studying abroad? Want to review the colloquium workshop? The podcast below will likely be of use! Be in touch with your primary faculty adviser regarding timeline and expectations regarding process. 

Colloquium Preparation Podcast Series

We have a number of podcasts dedicated to preparing for the colloquium. Listen in and follow up with any questions you might have!


September 2015 Recipients

Congratulations to our new graduates!

January 2016 BA Candidates

Those planning to complete degree requirements in time for a January 2016 BA should apply for graduation no later than October 2, 2015. The last day to complete the colloquium in time for a fall degree is Friday, January 22, 2016. Make sure your address is accurately reflected in Albert's Student Center so that your degree will be mailed to the right place.

May 2016 BA Candidates

The spring graduation application is now available! You have until February 5 to submit your application, but we recommend doing so as soon as possible. Make sure that you are on track to graduate at the end of the spring term by reading through your "academic requirements report" with your adviser. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Graduation and Commencement

At the end of each academic year, students earning September, January, and May degrees celebrate together at the May graduation ceremonies. In December,the school hosts a Senior Toast to celebrate upcoming January graduates and to cheer on students with one semester to go.

Upon graduation, students earn a BA Individualized Major from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. On the CV/resume most students list the name of the school along with the name of the concentration. Students should speak with their advisers or Wasserman Center for Career Development staff for suggestions as to formatting.

Diplomas are sent by mail to the permanent address on file a few months after graduation to the address on file in Albert. Additional questions about diplomas should be directed to the NYU Registrar after reading this information.

If you have further questions about Gallatin Graduation, please consult Gallatin's Graduation Checklist. You'll find that NYU's Commencement webpages have the information regarding senior portraits, academic attire (i.e., cap and gown), Yankee Stadium tickets, graduation speakers, and more!


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Contact the Senior Class Advisers by emailing or For questions specifically about the colloquium process, contact