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.
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?
If you have attended an info session and have additional questions, you may meet with an adviser on Fridays (during the academic year) between 10:00 and 12:00. These walk-in hours are held at the Academic Resource Center, 18 Washington Place. Because of the volume of students interested in Gallatin, we ask that you first attend an info session before meeting with an adviser.
When am I eligible to transfer?
If you are currently a student in another NYU school or college, you must be in at least your second semester of consecutive full-time study at your current program to be eligible for an internal transfer. Because Gallatin allows students to transfer a maximum of 64 units (including AP, IB, and other advanced standing credit), both internal and external transfer students should plan to start at Gallatin no later than the first semester of their junior year.
As stated on the Undergraduate Admissions page, the Gallatin faculty has determined that 64 credits in residence at Gallatin (taken over the course of two years and 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 of study. 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 while completing the Gallatin requirements.
How do I apply to transfer? Can you tell me what is required for the transfer application?
When is the transfer application due? When will I receive a decision?
For information on application deadlines, refer to Key Dates and Deadlines on the Admissions Office page. Please note that transfer applications are reviewed by NYU's Office of Admissions; Gallatin advisers do not participate in admission decisions.
Does Gallatin have requirements?
Yes. You can learn more about the Gallatin degree requirements here.
Can you tell me if my previous coursework will fulfill Gallatin degree
If you are applying to transfer to Gallatin from another school within NYU, your previous coursework may satisfy Gallatin's degree requirements.
If you are applying from an external institution, NYU's Office of Admissions will post your credits during your first semester. At that point, the transfer student adviser will review your transfer credits and make sure they are appropriately satisfying Gallatin's degree requirements.
Can I study away if I transfer to Gallatin?
Yes. Although you must be in New York during your first semester at Gallatin, you can still study away in later semesters.
Can transfer students to Gallatin do internships?
Yes. You can find information about Gallatin internships, including the proposal form to submit to your adviser, here. If you would like to register an internship for credit in the summer before starting at Gallatin, you may submit the proposal form to the transfer student adviser.
Students in other NYU schools who are interested in Gallatin internships should first contact their home school adviser.
Can I meet with a Gallatin adviser before I transfer? Can you tell me what courses I should take before I transfer?
Because advisers at Gallatin must prioritize meeting with current Gallatin students, it is not possible for all prospective transfer students to meet with a Gallatin adviser before matriculation. We encourage you to discuss your plans to transfer an adviser in your current school. If you have attended a Gallatin info session and studied the information on the Gallatin website, and then still have additional questions, Gallatin's transfer student adviser holds walk-in hours for prospective transfer students on Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00 in the Academic Resource Center, 18 Washington Place. Be aware that transfer applications are reviewed by NYU's Office of Admissions; Gallatin advisers do not participate in admission decisions.
Gallatin is a school of individualized study; therefore the "prereqs" you take before applying will vary depending on your course of study. There is no particular set of courses that are recommended or required before transferring.
Will my financial aid be affected by transferring to Gallatin?
Because each student has a unique financial situation, all questions regarding Financial Aid should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office.
I want to study ________. Can I do that Gallatin?
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 several 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. Are the kinds of courses you want to take offered at NYU? Do you have enough semesters remaining to reach the level you want? What prerequisites do you need? If you plan to study abroad, when will this fit into your plan of study? Will you incorporate an internship into your schedule? These are just some of the questions you should be asking yourself as you map out your trajectory as a Gallatin student.
I've just been admitted to Gallatin. When can I get started?
Congratulations! Be sure to follow all the instructions in the acceptance message you received from the Office of Admissions. A Gallatin adviser will directly contact you just as soon as your record is updated.
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.
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.
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.
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.