At Gallatin, students may earn course equivalency credit for professional experiences they may have had before entering the School. The process of receiving credit begins with the compilation of an extensive portfolio documenting the student’s learning experiences and ends with a rigorous evaluation process by NYU faculty. Students must demonstrate through the portfolio that they have mastered the material they would have learned in comparable NYU courses.
To begin the process of applying for course equivalency credits, students may want to consult the director of external programs about the rules and regulations governing the course equivalency process. The following procedures and guidelines should be kept in mind as students prepare and submit a course equivalency portfolio.
The following restrictions should be noted.
After reviewing the regulations and procedures, students should meet with their advisers and talk about their experiences and how they may correspond to specific NYU courses. The student should review the appropriate NYU school bulletins and determine which courses best correspond to these experiences. There are several limitations on which courses are permissible:
Course equivalency credit will appear on the transcript as transfer credit and the NYU equivalent course will be noted as well. There are no grades assigned to course equivalency credits, and these credits will therefore not factor into the grade point average. Course equivalency credits will count toward the total units required for the degree.
The course equivalency portfolio documents the student’s mastery of material comparable to that covered in NYU courses. The student is applying for credit for specific courses, and the portfolio is divided into a separate section for each course. Each section of the portfolio therefore consists of an essay about the learning experiences and supporting documentation including, for example, written material, slides, graphics, paintings, or ceramics. Together, the essay and the documentation should explain and illustrate how the student learned through life and work experiences what is taught in a particular course.
The portfolio should be presented in a ring binder or pressure binder. Presentations should be organized in sections compatible with the format identified below. Size and length are determined by whatever is required to make a complete and satisfying presentation to a professor of the course that is identified for credit.
The portfolio should contain the following for each course for which the student is applying for credit:
The course equivalency portfolio should be submitted after the completion of one full-time semester or the equivalent (12 credits) but before one-half of the credits required for graduation are completed. Students should not wait until the last year to submit the portfolio. The portfolio may be submitted only once and may not be submitted in the month prior to the student’s anticipated date of graduation.
Completed portfolios should be submitted to:
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Attn: Faith Stangler, Director of External Programs
1 Washington Place, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003
The course equivalency portfolio goes through an extensive review process, which takes a minimum of 12 weeks. Some evaluations, it should be noted, may take longer depending on the number of credits applied for, the number of departments involved in the evaluation, and the availability of faculty members.
The steps in the review process are as follows:
A faculty member will be asked by the Gallatin School to assess whether or not the portfolio is comparable to the course listed under the number and the title offered at New York University. The faculty member may allocate full or partial credit for a course.