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Students entering Gallatin must enroll in courses at NYU New York in the first semester. All students are expected to remain enrolled in each fall and spring semester until graduation by registering for NYU courses. In some instances a student may need to request an official leave of absence for a fall or spring semester. Graduate students must complete all degree requirements within a period of 6 years from the first semester of matriculation at Gallatin.

The programs and courses offered at the Gallatin School are designed for students who attend courses during the day or the evening, on a full-time or part-time basis. The University defines full-time course work as enrollment in a minimum of 12 units in one semester (the two summer sessions combined are regarded as one semester); this load is considered to be the equivalent of 40 units of study per week. Half-time status is defined as enrollment in a minimum of 6 units in one semester.