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Welcome to all current and prospective Gallatin transfer students!

If you recently transferred to Gallatin, the information on this page will help guide you as you transition into the school and begin your career as a Gallatin student. Prospective transfer students should refer to the FAQs for information regarding the admission process, important deadlines, and the structure of advising at Gallatin.


Peter Halley murals on permanent display at the Gallatin School.

Murals by the artist Peter Halley on permanent display at the Gallatin School.


Preparing for your transfer

Whether you are already an NYU student or currently attending an external  institution, the decision to transfer to Gallatin is a very serious one. When you transfer to Gallatin, you take on a completely different set of degree requirements, gain a new faculty adviser and new student colleagues, and adopt Gallatin's unique educational philosophy. As you prepare for your transfer, we recommend that you think carefully about your educational goals and how a liberal arts education at Gallatin can help you achieve them. This means both researching the Gallatin degree requirements and curriculum and thinking realistically about how you might develop your individualized concentration as a Gallatin student. These FAQs aim to guide you as you prepare for your transfer.


I just learned about Gallatin. How can I find out more about the school? Can you tell me how Gallatin works?

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When am I eligible to transfer?

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How do I apply to transfer? Can you tell me what is required for the transfer application?

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When is the transfer application due? When will I receive a decision?

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Does Gallatin have requirements?

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Can you tell me if my previous coursework will fulfill Gallatin degree

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Can I study away if I transfer to Gallatin?

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Can transfer students to Gallatin do internships?

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Can I meet with a Gallatin adviser before I transfer?  Can you tell me what courses I should take before I transfer?

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Will my financial aid be affected by transferring to Gallatin?

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I want to study ________. Can I do that Gallatin?

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I've just been admitted to Gallatin. When can I get started?

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Gallatin-Bound LS Core Students

As an LS Core student, you may be in the unique position of knowing that you want to transfer to Gallatin as early as the first semester of your first year. Stay in regular contact with your LS adviser and make sure that he or she knows of your plans to transfer to Gallatin. The information below will help you to understand how your LS courses will fulfill some of the Gallatin degree requirements.

Undergraduate Core Requirement

  • First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: waived for LS Core students
  • First-Year Writing Seminar: Satisfied by LS Writing I WRI-UF 101
  • First-Year Research Seminar: Satisfied by LS Writing II WRI-UF 102
  • Gallatin Interdisciplinary Seminars (16 units required): Gallatin Interdisciplinary Seminar (IDSEM-UG) courses taken prior to matriculation at Gallatin will count toward this requirement.
  • Other Gallatin credits (16 units required): Gallatin Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG), Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG), Community Learning (CLI-UG), internships, and other Gallatin courses taken prior to matriculation in Gallatin will count toward this requirement.
  • Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration (IAPC): due by the end of your first Gallatin semester.
  • Colloquium: 2 units in COLLQ-UG. All Gallatin students must complete this requirement during their senior year.

Foundation Requirement

  • Humanities (8 units required): Satisfied by LS Core (CFI-UF 101, CFII-UF 102).
  • Social Science (8 units required): Satisfied by LS Core (SFI-UF 101, SFII-UF 102).
  • Math/Science (4 units required): Satisfied by math/science courses (not AP credits).
  • Global Cultures (4 units required): Satisfied by LS Core courses.
  • Pre-Modern (4 units required): approved Gallatin and CAS courses taken before or after matriculation at Gallatin will count toward this requirement
  • Early Modern (4 units required): approved Gallatin and CAS courses taken before or after matriculation at Gallatin will count toward this requirement.

Other Requirements

  • Total Units Required to Graduate: 128 units.
  • Academic Good Standing: minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Residency Requirement: The last 32 units must be completed at NYU (either at the Washington Square campus or at one of NYU’s study away sites).
  • Transfer Units: The Gallatin faculty has determined that 64 units in residence at Gallatin (taken over the course of two years) under the guidance and mentoring of a Gallatin adviser is the minimum amount of course work and time required for students to develop a proper concentration and establish an individualized program. Therefore, transfer students to the Gallatin School will be eligible to transfer a maximum of 64 units upon their matriculation at Gallatin. LS Core students who have completed more than 64 units (including AP, IB, and other advanced standing credit) prior to matriculating at Gallatin will see a reduction in their cumulative earned hours (EHRS on the transcript) down to 64 once Gallatin has updated their records.

Your first semester at Gallatin

We are excited that you have decided that Gallatin is the right school for you. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your first semester here.

  • Primary Faculty Adviser

Just before the start of your first semester, you will be paired with a primary faculty adviser based on your responses to the Gallatin Advising Questionnaire. We recommend that students meet with their primary faculty advisers regularly, at least 3-4 times per semester. As with any relationship, it takes time to get to know your adviser. If you speak to your adviser only once or twice, then he or she may not be able to give you the guidance and mentoring that is needed to develop your individualized concentration.

  • Class Advisers

While your primary faculty adviser will be your main intellectual mentor, you will also work closely with class advisers - initially the transfer student adviser, and the first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior class adviser once you've settled into Gallatin. Class advisers provide both additional academic support as well as help with policies and procedures.

  • The Gallatin and larger NYU communities

We encourage transfer students to become active members of Gallatin and NYU. As a small liberal arts school within a large university, Gallatin offers distinct Student Life activities. It is easy to get involved and to meet other Gallatin students who share your interests.  NYU also has a Transfer and Transitioning Students Services Office.  Please visit their website to learn more about the University-wide resources that are now at your disposal.


Walk-in hours for current Gallatin students are Mondays, 2:30-5:00, in
1 Washington Place #516.

Walk-in hours for prospective transfer students are
Fridays, 10:00-12:00, at the Academic Resource Center, 18 Washington Place.