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Earning Your Undergraduate 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 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

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. If you do not apply for graduation, you will not be able to attend the Commencement ceremony. 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. 

Eligibility to March in Commencement

Invitations to participate in NYU Commencement and the Gallatin Graduation Ceremony are extended to all graduates and degree candidates for the 2018-2019 academic year (September 2018, January 2019, and May 2019). Candidates for May degrees are identified as those who have applied for graduation through Albert by the Registrar's Office deadline.

In some cases, students who will not complete the degree requirements by the May graduation deadline can march at Commencement and in the Gallatin Graduation Ceremony. To determine your eligibility to march ahead of your degree completion, please apply for a Dean's Exception. Petitions will be granted if students meet the following criteria: 

  • Student has no more than two courses (8 units) remaining after the last day of the Spring 2019 semester.
  • Student has registered for the upcoming summer sessions by April 15 in order to complete the remaining units.
  • Student has completed, or has registered to complete, the Colloquium by the Spring semester deadline
  • Student is in good standing with the University.
  • Student has updated the expected date of graduation on Albert to indicate September degree candidacy.
  • Student has met with the Director of Student Affairs 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 (program title), 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).

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.