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Academic Requirements (BA Degree)

Preparing for Graduation

As you prepare for graduation, please follow the instructions below to ensure that you will receive your BA degree.

Earning Your Undergraduate Degree

Students graduate only after they have fulfilled all of their undergraduate degree requirements. Note that requirements include credit-bearing and non-credit bearing requirements, such as the Colloquium. Please see the detailed list of BA Degree Requirements and related policies. Students are encouraged to refer to their degree progress report in Albert in order to track their progress toward degree completion.

Questions regarding degree requirements should be directed to the Senior Class Advisers

Maintaining Matriculation until Graduation

Students must maintain continuous matriculation every academic year until graduation. Typically, this is achieved by enrolling in courses in the fall and spring semesters. If you do not need to register for more courses in a fall or spring semester to fulfill degree requirements, but you have not yet graduated because of an incomplete grade or because the Colloquium has not been completed, you must maintain your student status in the University by registering for the 0-unit “Maintain Matriculation” (MAINT-UG 4747). Students whose matriculation lapses are not eligilbe to graduate until the missing semester of registration has been resolved.

Applying to Graduate

All students must apply for graduation. To be considered as a candidate for graduation, you must apply by the deadline. Note that degrees are conferred by the University three times annually: September, January, and May.  Read here for detailed instructions regarding how and when to apply for graduation in Albert. 

Please note the difference between graduation and commencement. When you apply for graduation, you are letting the Registrar know that you plan to complete your degree in a particular term. In this context, graduation refers to completing and receiving your degree, not to participating in the commencement ceremonies. (It should be noted, however, that students must apply for graduation in order to be invited to participate in the commencement ceremonies.)

Eligibility to Participate in Commencement

Invitations to participate in the 2022 NYU Commencement and the Gallatin Graduation Ceremony are extended to all degree recipients from September 2022 and January 2022, and degree candidates for May 2022. Candidates for May 2022 degrees are expected to complete all outstanding requirements for the degree by May graduation, and must have applied for graduation by the graduation application deadline.

Students who will not complete all degree requirements in time for May 2022 graduation, but who will complete all requirements by September 15, 2022, may submit a petition requesting permission to participate in the 2022 NYU Commencement and Gallatin Graduation ceremonies in May. Petitions will be granted if the following criteria are met:

  • Student has no more than two courses (8 units) remaining after the last day of the Spring 2022 semester.
  • Student has registered for the upcoming summer sessions by April 15, 2022 in order to complete the remaining units.
  • Student has completed or has registered to complete the Colloquium by May 13, 2022.
  • Student is in good standing with the University.
  • Student has updated the expected term of graduation on Albert to Summer 2022.
  • Student has submitted the Petition to Participate at Graduation for Undergraduate Students by April 15, 2022.
  • Student has met with the Director of Community Engagement to confirm plans for degree completion.


Final Transcripts

Final transcripts are produced by the Office of the University Registrar. It should be noted that once the degree is conferred, the final transcript cannot be altered or amended. For more information about transcripts and how to order an official transcript, students should refer to the website of the Office of the University Registrar.

Every Gallatin student completing the undergraduate degree program will earn a BA Individualized Major. The final transcript for Gallatin students who earn the BA will contain a section called Degrees Awarded. This section will list the name of the degree, the date the degree was conferred, the name of the NYU school, Latin Honors designation (only if applicable to the student), the cumulative GPA, the major (Individualized Major), the title of a minor (if completed by the student), the title of the Gallatin Colloquium topic (if the student opts to list the title) and the title of the Senior Project (if completed by a student, along with Senior Project honors designation if applicable). Please note the titles of the Gallatin Colloquium topic and Senior Project will not be posted on the student transcript until at least 30 days after the degree conferral date.

Below is an example of how the Degrees Awarded section of a Gallatin BA transcript will look. The sections labeled Honors, Minor, Senior Colloquium Topic and Senior Project will not appear if these items are not applicable to the student. Items in CAPS are individualized by student; all other items are standardized for Gallatin students receiving the BA.

Degrees Awarded

Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Honors (if applicable): (CUM LAUDE or MAGNA CUM LAUDE or SUMMA CUM LAUDE)
Major: Individualized Major
Minor (if applicable): (MINOR TITLE)
Senior Colloquium Topic (if applicable): (TOPIC TITLE)
Senior Project (if applicable): (SENIOR PROJECT TITLE and HONORS AWARDED (if applicable))



The NYU/Gallatin diploma will list the name of the University, School, degree (i.e., New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Bachelor of Arts) and date of conferral. Students who earn Latin Honors will also see this designation (either Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude) on the diploma. Diplomas are generated a few weeks after degree conferral. More information about diplomas, including how to receive it by mail and how to collect it in person, is available on the website of the Office of the University Registrar.