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Seniors! This week, you should be thinking about:


Ensure that you are registered for the courses needed to fulfill your outstanding requirements by using the "academic requirements" report in Albert's Student Center, and through conversation with your advisers. 


Is your colloquium scheduled? Make sure that you are preparing to lead a strong conversation by collaborating with your adviser and by re-connecting with all of your texts. Have questions about how best to prepare? Be in touch with the Senior Class Adviser.


RSVP to join the 7th annual Senior Symposium on Wednesday, April 1 from 6:30-8:00. This is a great way to learn about the breadth of concentrations in your graduating class!


Mark your calendars for a favorite Gallatin event celebrating everyone graduating during this 2014-2015 academic year. Will raise a glass on May 14th!

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 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, 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 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

...talk 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


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 where students will find information about rationale and booklist review cycles and colloquium completion deadlines.  

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.

Spring 2015 Colloquium Workshops:                                   

  • Wednesday, February 11, 12:30 - 1:30 in room 801
  • Friday, February 27, 11:00 - 12:00 in room 601
  • Thursday, March 12, 12:30 - 1:30 in room 601
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2:00 - 3:00 in room 801
  • Friday, April 17, 10:00 - 11:00 in room 601
  • Thursday, April 23, 12:30 - 1:30 in room 601

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. 



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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Wednesday 2:30-5:00

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Events Calendar

Gallatin Theatre Troupe Presents: Life on the Moon

3/26/15@7:00 PM The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Distinguished Faculty Lecture with Raquel Rolnik

3/31/15@6:30 PM The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Senior Symposium

4/1/15@6:30 PM The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

David Foster Wallace and the Ethics of Writing

4/2/15@3:00 PM The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

The Right to Have Rights: Citizenship Culture and the Future of Cities

4/6/15@6:30 PM The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Student-Alumni Mentorship Mixer

4/7/15@6:30 PM NYU Global Center | 238 Thompson Street 5th floor, Grand Hall

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