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Seniors! This week, you should be thinking about:


Gallatin is proud of all our 2013-2014 BA recipients! We had hundreds of Founder's Day Award recipients this year - great work! A number of you are getting job offers and graduate school acceptance letters...wonderful news! We are thrilled for everyone who completed a Senior Project this year! Congrats to the 13 post-graduation projects funded through the Dean's Award for Graduating Seniors! To those who made GAF a success, bravo!


The last day to complete your colloquium in time for a September 2014  BA is Friday, September 19th. Please make sure that all of your academic work has been submitted by this time as well. Aren't sure if you applied for summer graduation? Be in touch with the NYU Registrar.  

John Ridley Gallatin alumnus speaks at our 2014 Gallatin Graduation ceremony


Join the 1,300+ alumni, students, and parents in the NYU Gallatin LinkedIn Group to increase your professional networks. Whether you're looking to make a career change or grow contacts in your current industry, we'll help keep you connected.

The Gallatin alumni network has established groups in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Boston & keeps growing! Update your information and we'll share news and event invitations, and you can stay in touch with Gallatin grads wherever you go.


Senior year at Gallatin holds a number of exciting opportunities to develop new projects, share academic work, and to celebrate academic achievements. Students continue taking Gallatin interdisciplinary seminars in their senior year, and also take advanced courses through the University 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 valuable end of the undergraduate career.

In the fall of the senior year, students participate in the culminating degree requirement, 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 various learning experiences (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 are working on capstone projects structured through various channels such as the Gallatin Arts Festival, TEDxGallatin, 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 seeks proposals articulating projects of exceptional merit that continue a sustained line of inquiry related to students' concentrations. During second 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 paid employment.

Senior Class Adviser

Why should you get to know your Senior Class Adviser? As with everyone in the Office of Advising, the Senior Class Adviser is here to support your academic progress toward the completion of your degree. In the semesters leading up to graduation, students get in touch with the Senior Class Adviser because they:

...have questions about your concentration, degree requirements, or graduation timing.

...need assistance formulating the focus of your colloquium and rationale.

...want suggestions regarding course selection.

...are struggling academically and need to devise a plan for successful completion.

...want to learn more about funding opportunities through Gallatin and NYU.

...need to talk through the reasons to take a course pass/fail.

...could use some support in communicating with your primary faculty adviser.

...are interested in the best way to ask for a requirement waiver or amendment.

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

...want feedback on your award or fellowship proposal drafts.


Senior Class Emails

Students in the senior class receive regular correspondence from the Senior Class adviser. The Senior Class Emails contain timely, important information regarding registration deadlines, colloquium workshops, events, and opportunities. It is strongly recommended that Seniors read these Senior-focused emails! But just in case you miss one....the Senior Class Email Archive keeps a record of all emails to the senior class you may need to reference. Be sure to keep yourself informed!

Colloquium Planning

Students are encouraged to begin planning for the colloquium as soon as possible. Make a meeting with your primary faculty adviser early in the semester to touch base regarding your timeline for rationale and booklist development, and colloquium preparations. Be sure to read about the colloquium requirement, and learn about Gallatin's expectations for the conversation. You'll find information about rationale and booklist review cycles and colloquium completion deadlines too.  

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. Please read information regarding the rationale and colloquium available online before attending.

Fall 2014 workshops:                                   Spring 2015 workshops:

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


Graduation & Commencement

At the end of each academic year, students earning September, January, and May degrees celebrate together at the May graduation ceremonies. In December, we have 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. This should be accurately reflected on the CV/resume. Most students want to add in the name of their concentration too - we encourage students to speak with their advisers for suggestions as to formatting.

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

Have further questions about Gallatin Graduation? Head to Gallatin's handy Graduation Checklist! You'll find that NYU's Commencement webpages have the information regarding senior portraits, academic attire (i.e., your cap and gown), Yankee Stadium tickets, graduation speakers, and more!


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Summer meetings by appointment

Gallatin graduation ceremony at Lincoln Center

Events Calendar

Gallatin: LA Movie Night

8/16/14@5:30 PM Grand Park | 200 North Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Metro red line to Civic Center/ Grand Park station. Gold line to Little Tokyo/Arts District station

M.A. Convocation

9/5/14@10:00 AM Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Gallatin Global Writers Presents: Saadi Youssef

9/30/14@6:30 PM 1 Washington Place

Distinguished Faculty Lecture with Yvonne Rainer

10/7/14@6:30 PM 1 Washington Place

Gallatin Theatre Troupe Presents: Brand Spankin'

10/24/14@1:10 PM Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

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