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.
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 seriously about your educational goals and how a liberal arts education at Gallatin can help you achieve these goals. This means educating yourself about the Gallatin degree requirements and philosophy, and thinking realistically about how you might map out your individualized plan for concentration as a Gallatin student. These FAQs aim to guide you as you prepare for your transfer.
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To be eligible for an internal transfer you must be in at least your second semester of consecutive full-time study at your current NYU school or college. Because Gallatin only allows students to enter the school with a maximum of 64 earned credits, both internal and external transfer students should not apply to transfer any later than the first semester of their junior year.
If you completed more than 64 credits (AP and IB credit included) at another school of NYU prior to matriculation at Gallatin, you will see a reduction in your cumulative earned hours (CUM EHRS on your transcript) down to 64 credits once Gallatin has updated your record. This policy is stated in our admissions materials: internal transfer students will be eligible to receive a maximum of 64 credits of advanced standing upon their matriculation at Gallatin. The Gallatin faculty has determined that 64 credits in residence at Gallatin, 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. This does not mean that you must complete 64 more credits in only Gallatin courses, but that you must complete a minimum of 64 credits at NYU under the supervision of your Gallatin adviser.
Current NYU students can click here to find out what NYU courses will fulfill the Gallatin Liberal Arts Foundation requirements. Click here to find out what NYU courses will fulfill the Gallatin Historical and Cultural Foundation requirements.
If you are applying to transfer to Gallatin from an external institution, you will receive a Statement of Transfer Credit, prepared by the Office of Admissions, upon your admission to Gallatin. This will allow you to see how many transfer credits you will receive and what requirements your previous coursework will fulfill prior to accepting your admission offer.
Yes, you can still study abroad. Our only restrictions are that you may not study abroad during your first semester as Gallatin student or during your senior year. We do not advise that junior transfer students study abroad since developing a concentration within 4 semesters is an intensive process that requires frequent contact with the primary faculty adviser.
Can I meet with a Gallatin adviser before I transfer? I want to make sure the courses I am currently taking are relevant to my intended concentration.
Because advisers at Gallatin must prioritize meeting with currently enrolled Gallatin students, it is not possible for all prospective transfer students to meet with a Gallatin adviser before matriculation. We encourage you to reach out to your current adviser and to discuss your plans to transfer. We also encourage you to review the Gallatin degree requirements carefully so you can plan your schedule accordingly. If you then have additional questions, Gallatin's transfer student adviser, Joshua Shirkey, is available to meet with prospective transfer students on Fridays during the fall semester from 10am to 12pm in the Academic Resource Center (18 Washington Place, G101).
Because each student has a unique financial situation, all questions regarding Financial Aid should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office.
There is no easy answer to this question, but there are a few steps you can take so that you can get a better sense of whether what you want to study is feasible. First, look over the Gallatin degree requirements and figure out what requirements you have already fulfilled. Then begin drafting what your next 6 (if you are a sophomore transfer) or 4 (if you are a junior transfer) semesters at NYU might look like. Keep your remaining degree requirements in mind as you research the courses you would like to take at Gallatin and at the other schools within NYU. What pre-requisites do you need in order to be eligible to enroll in the upper level courses that you desire? When are these pre-requisites offered? If you plan to study abroad, when will this fit into your plan of study? Is doing an internship important to you? If so, when will you have time to incorporate an internship into your schedule? If you are planning to apply to graduate school after you complete your B.A., what kind of coursework or experience do you need in order to be a competitive applicant? These are just some of the questions you should be asking yourself as you map out your trajectory as a Gallatin student.
As an LS 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. You should definitely stay in close 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 Core Curriculum will fulfill some of the requirements that you will have as a Gallatin student.
Undergraduate Core Requirement
Foundation Requirement (for Concentration)
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The Fall 2013 Transfer Student Welcome will be held during the week of August 26th. Specific date and time TBA.
Keep an eye out for your "Welcome to Gallatin" email which contains all of the information you need regarding the transfer process, registration, and how to receive advising support.