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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, Senior Symposium, 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 Advisers

As with everyone in the Office of Advising, the Senior Class Advisers are 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 Advisers 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 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

Meeting with the Senior Class Advisers

Contact the Senior Class Advisers by emailing For questions specifically about the colloquium process, contact

  • Meredith's office hours, Fall 2019: Mondays 9:30-12:00, Wednesdays 2:30-5:00

Students in the senior class receive regular correspondence from the Senior Class Advisers, 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 list of works development, and preparations for the colloquium. Reading about the colloquium requirement and looking over the Colloquium FAQ will likely address many questions you may have about the Colloquium and about Gallatin's expectations for your engagement in the preparation process. Information about rationale and list of works review cycles and colloquium completion deadlines will also be useful as you plan for your colloquium.

Graduation Deadlines

All students are encouraged to complete the Colloquium in the penultimate semester of their senior year. Students who delay the Colloquium should note the last day below to complete the Colloquium in time for specific graduation cycles:

  • January 2020 BA: Friday, January 24, 2020
  • September 2019 BA: Friday, September 20, 2019
  • May 2019 BA: Friday, May 17, 2019

Note that January degree candidates are strongly encouraged to schedule their Colloquium before the start of the fall term. January candidates who delay the Colloquium until fall should not plan for a Colloquium during the winter recess.

Registering for COLLQ-UG (2 credits)

Students are required to register for COLLQ-UG during the semester in which the colloquium is completed. This two credit requirement formalizes the time and effort needed to successfully prepare for the colloquium. Students are encouraged to discuss the timing of COLLQ-UG registration with their advisers in advance of senior year.

Ways to prepare for the Colloquium

There are many ways to prepare for a successful colloquium. 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. All Juniors and Seniors are advised to attend a colloquium workshop early in the planning process. Before attending a workshop, read about the colloquium requirement and look over the Colloquium FAQ. Gallatin also has podcasts dedicated to clarifying aspects of the colloquium preparation process. Listen in and follow up with any questions you might have!


Colloquium Overview Workshops

Sponsored by the Office of Advising, Colloquium overview workshops are held throughout the year at the Gallatin Building at 1 Washington Place. These workshops articulate the timeline and expectations for the colloquium process. All upperclass students are advised to attend a colloquium overview workshop, and read information available online before attending.

Fall 2019 Colloquium Overview Workshops

  • Dates TBD

Colloquium Preparation Workshops

The Office of Advising is offering workshops designed for seniors preparing for the Colloquium. We encourage students to join the workshop to gather strategies for approaching the Colloquium conversation, revisiting texts, and responding to committee questions. All workshops are held in the Gallatin Building at 1 Washington Place.

Fall 2019 Colloquium Preparation Workshops

  • Dates TBD


Rationale Writing Workshops

The Office of Advising is offering workshops designed for juniors preparing to begin the process of drafting their Rationale and List of Works in preparation for the Colloquium. Juniors in their second semester are expected to begin working with their Primary Adviser in this process, and these workshops offer helpful hints, suggestions and exercises that will aid students in the writing of this very important degree requirement. All workshops are held in the Gallatin Building at 1 Washington Place.

Fall 2019 Rationale Writing Workshops

  • Dates TBD

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 remaining.

NYU Commencement is Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Yankee Stadium. The Gallatin Graduation ceremony is Monday, May 18, 2020 at Lincoln Center. If you have further questions about Gallatin Graduation, please consult the Gallatin Graduation Checklist. The NYU Commencement website has information regarding senior portraits, academic attire (i.e., cap and gown), Yankee Stadium tickets, graduation speakers, and more!

Upon graduation, students earn a BA Individualized Major from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. The NYU Registrar provides detailed information regarding Latin Honors. 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.

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