Update on Completing the Steps to Make NYU-Poly - NYU’s School of Engineering

In 2008, an affiliation was forged with NYU, and this document will serve as an interim update as the Boards of NYU-Poly and NYU have agreed to move forward with the legal process that seeks to complete the affiliation within a two year window.

1. What is the history of the affiliation agreement between NYU-Poly (Poly) and NYU and subsequent move towards a full merger?

  • As a result of the sale of NYU’s Heights Campus and the closing of its School of Engineering and Science, in 1973 the NYU School of Engineering and Science and the then-Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (PIB) merged to form the Polytechnic Institute of New York (later renamed Polytechnic University).
  • In 2004, NYU and Poly agreed to an exchange of graduate enrollments, and had a set of very preliminary discussions about a merger between the two institutions.
  • In 2007, NYU and Poly revived the discussions.
  • In August 2007:
    • The Executive Committee of Poly’s Board of Trustees authorized Poly’s leadership to continue discussions with NYU to create a framework for affiliation and integration.
    • A communication was sent to the NYU community from John Sexton and David McLaughlin informing them of the renewed talks about a possible merger.
  • In June 2008 Poly and NYU entered into an affiliation as a precursor to the eventual merger of NYU-Poly into NYU as its school of engineering.
  • In July 2008, Poly renamed itself the Polytechnic Institute of NYU (NYU-Poly), in recognition of the formal affiliation between the two schools.
  • In October 2012:
    • The Board of Trustees of NYU and the Board of Trustees of NYU-Poly both voted for the institutions to undertake the final steps necessary to complete the merger and make NYU-Poly NYU’s school of engineering.
    • A communication was sent from Martin Lipton, Ralph Alexander, John Sexton, and David McLaughlin to the NYU and NYU-Poly communities informing them of this decision.
  • In June 2013:
    • The New York State Board of Regents, the state’s supervising educational authority, approved the merger between NYU and NYU-Poly.
    • The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) approved the Substantive Change Requests submitted by NYU and NYU-Poly to merge the two institutions.

2. What remaining steps need to be taken to finalize the merger? What is the expected timeframe for completion?

To formalize the merger, the institutions have been in the final stages of securing approvals from regulatory bodies. The final approval required, from the U.S. Department of Education, is expected in the second half of 2013.

The formal legal merger will be effective January 1, 2014, at which time the Institute will become the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.

3. In general, what will the merger mean for current and prospective students of NYU-Poly?

The merger will provide students access to NYU resources and enable them to enjoy a diverse learning environment with students from a broad range of disciplines.  Students will have access to an even greater usage of NYU facilities than they had before.  They will also have access to benefits current NYU students enjoy, including NYU email addresses (available as of May 2013), access to Albert, the online student information and registration system, and NYU ID cards.  This will facilitate a greater sense of community between NYU-Poly students and students at other schools of NYU.

4. What are the admissions processes and requirements for NYU-Poly, now and post-merger?

As of August 1, 2013, all first-time students and transfer students are required to complete and submit NYU’s Common Application (which includes a Writing Supplement) to be considered for admission. For more information on the admissions process, visit admissions.nyu.edu/apply.

5. May students enroll in courses at other schools of NYU? If so, what is the process for doing so?

For the 2013-14 academic year, NYU-Poly undergraduate students who are in good academic standing and have completed their first year at NYU-Poly may elect to register for up to two (2) courses at NYU per semester.  Students will need to work closely with their academic advisers to determine which courses at other NYU schools will be appropriate for, or applicable to, their degree program, as well as follow all regulations/timelines of cross-registration as laid out by the school sponsoring the course(s) for which they wish to register. Schools available for cross-registration include: College of Arts and Science, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development (non-major courses), Stern School of Business (open access courses), Tisch School of the Arts (open arts courses) and Wagner School of Public service (undergraduate courses).

In order to register for classes at another school of NYU, students must complete the NYU-Poly registration form no later than the last day of class of the fall semester for a spring course and no later than the end of the spring semester for a summer or fall course. For full details concerning cross-school registration, please refer to the NYU Cross-School Registration page, which can be found here: http://engineering.nyu.edu/academics/cross-registration.

Beginning with the summer 2014 term, NYU-Poly students will be able to register for courses at other schools of NYU via Albert, the online student information and registration system.  Again, students will need to work closely with their academic advisers to determine which courses at other NYU schools will be appropriate for or applicable to their degree program

6. Can NYU-Poly students minor in a program at another school of NYU?

Students interested in pursuing a minor in a discipline at another school of NYU must complete an NYU-Poly “Declaration of Minor at NYU” form. Cross-school minors will be conferred only upon completion of the requisite coursework.  For more information, please consult the Cross-School Minor page on poly.edu at the following link: http://engineering.nyu.edu/academics/cross-registration/minors. After January 1, 2014, NYU-Poly students will be able to apply for cross-school minors in the same manner as other NYU students, through NYU’s Albert system.

7. What is the 3+2 Program? Will it change post merger?

The 3+2 Program is a five year, dual degree program between NYU College of Arts & Science (CAS) and NYU-Poly.  The Program in Science and Engineering is one of the largest at the College of Arts and Science, fulfilling students’ academic interests from a liberal arts standpoint and providing them with the technical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing society. For their first three years of study, students attend classes at NYU’s College of Arts and Science, completing a major in one of the sciences listed below.  The last two years of study will be spent at NYU-Poly focusing on engineering coursework in a practical, research-oriented environment.  At the conclusion of the fifth year, students receive two degrees: a Bachelor of Science from NYU and a Bachelor of Science from NYU-Poly.  For further information about the dual-degree program, including how to apply, please visit NYU’s College of Arts and Science, which handles advising questions, application questions, and other questions you may have about the program. This program will remain intact following the Jan. 1, 2014 merger.

3+2 Science and Engineering Major Combinations

New York University     Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Biology  Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemistry Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Computer Science Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mathematics Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Physics Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering                       

8. How will the merger affect tuition and fees? 

Currently, tuition and fees for both graduate and undergraduate students are fairly comparable between NYU-Poly and NYU, with NYU’s only slightly higher.  Following the merger, we expect that continuing NYU-Poly students will experience only small incremental increases, as we work to gradually align tuition and fee rates over the next few years.

Up-to-date and detailed information on tuition and fees, as well as announcements of cost changes, can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Services before the start of each semester at the following link: engineering.nyu.edu/life/student-resources/financial.

9. How will financial aid awards be affected?

Financial aid awards will not be changed due to the merger. Students will need to continue to meet specific criteria and remain in good-standing for need-based aid and to ensure eligibility for merit-based awards and other aid.  All new, incoming undergraduates as of fall 2013 were required to complete two financial aid forms, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Common Application’s CSS Profile.  NYU-Poly’s continuing students do not have to complete the CSS Profile.

NYU-Poly students, whether new or continuing, applying for fall 2014 financial aid will be required to apply under NYU’s institution code. For more information on applying for financial aid, visit: Finacial Aid page.

10. Will NYU research opportunities be available to NYU-Poly students?

Yes. As part of a major research university, students will have access to a much broader range of academic and research programs, and will have the opportunity to be part of collaborative research and technology commercialization in such areas as urban sciences, medical science and health care delivery, and information technology. Increasingly, NYU-Poly faculty members have realized more opportunities for forming collaborative research partnerships with NYU colleagues. Both new and existing faculty members are receiving joint appointments with other divisions of NYU, such as NYU Langone Medical Center, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. With more than 30 cross-faculty appointments, students will be exposed to a greater pool of research opportunities from which to round out their academic careers.

Even now, many of NYU’s academic and research programs are open to NYU-Poly students. Select NYU students have been performing research under NYU-Poly faculty through the NYU-Poly Undergraduate Summer Research Program since 2009, and will continue to have the opportunity to do so along with all other NYU students post-merger. Although several of NYU’s academic and research programs are currently open to NYU-Poly students, NYU and NYU-Poly continue to seek out additional research opportunities for students. More information on the program can be found at http://engineering.nyu.edu/research/undergraduate.

11. When will students receive an NYU diploma? How will the graduation diploma read?

Starting January 2014, graduates will receive diplomas that read “New York University” along with the school affiliation, “Polytechnic School of Engineering,” consistent with other schools of NYU. A timeline of name changes over NYU-Poly’s nearly 160-year history follows:

  • 1854:  Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute
  • 1889:  Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
  • 1973:  Polytechnic Institute of New York
  • 1985:  Polytechnic University
  • 2008:  Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • 2014:  New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering

12. When will NYU-Poly students have @nyu.edu email addresses?

All newly admitted matriculating students already have been assigned NYU email addresses.  As of May 2013, all NYU-Poly students enrolled in a degree granting program became eligible for NYU email addresses via Google Apps for Education (Gmail). During the summer, students are being encouraged to migrate their NYU-Poly Microsoft-based accounts to their new NYU Gmail accounts which assign @nyu.edu extensions.

The new email accounts offer students a 25GB mailbox for life, and access to rich features like:

  • Google Drive, a document sharing and storage service that allows them to create, save and share documents instantly.
  • Google Groups, which may be used as mailing lists, a shared inbox, or as a group e-mail alias.
  • Google Calendar, a service that makes it easy to find and schedule meetings with other members of the NYU community.
  • Goggle Contacts, a central repository for all contacts.
  • Google Sites, which allows for easy building a publishing of websites.
  • Google Chat, NYU Chat allows NYU community members to communicate in real-time via instant messaging.

To learn more about Gmail features, new users should visit the Google Apps Learning Center at http://learn.googleapps.com. Students in need of assistance with activating their new email accounts, or with migrating old account information to their new account, may contact the NYU-Poly Help Desk at: help@poly.edu or 646.997.3123. For more information about NYU IT Services visit the following link:

13. Will students have access to all NYU resources, including buildings and athletic facilities?

Since the time of the affiliation in 2008, NYU-Poly students have increasingly been granted access to services and facilities across NYU.  For example, students may tap into programs and activities of the Wasserman Center for Career Development, the Kimmel Student Center, the Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service, the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Student Center and The Student Resource Center. Students may also access the NYU Libraries and academic support services.

Additionally, NYU-Poly students who are registered for at least 3 credit hours and are enrolled in a degree-granting program from NYU-Poly may enjoy access to the Jerome S. Coles Sports Center and the Palladium Athletic Facility by presenting an NYU-Poly student ID.

14. What about the merger between the two athletic departments? What should students expect in the year ahead?

For the 2013-2014 academic year, NYU-Poly students will continue to compete as a member of the Skyline Athletic Conference and NYU teams will continue to compete as a member of the University Athletic Association. The two institutions requested and received a waiver from the NCAA to allow NYU-Poly to continue as an NCAA Division III active member in good standing for the entire 2013-2014 academic year.

Due to the NCAA waiver NYU-Poly petitioned for and received to continue separate Division III athletics so as to minimize disruption to NYU-Poly scholar-athletes as well as to other Skyline Conference member participants, NYU-Poly is maintaining its separate athletic programs for 2013-2014.  As such, NYU-Poly students continue to be eligible to participate on NYU-Poly teams, but not on NYU teams.

Following the 2013-2014 academic and athletic year, a merger plan has been developed for the athletic departments that both maximizes the strong varsity, club, intramural, recreational, and free play structure and services at NYU, while significantly minimizing or effectively eliminating the potential for lost opportunities for student-athletes already in the NYU-Poly and NYU systems.

Once fully implemented, this plan expands the NYU varsity sports opportunities by offering baseball and softball.  It also increases opportunities currently available to NYU-Poly students by adding the varsity sports of men’s and women’s fencing, swimming and diving, women’s track and field, and men’s wrestling.  Additionally, a host of intercollegiate club sports that NYU-Poly does not currently offer will be available, and NYU students will benefit from the addition of Judo to its club intercollegiate offerings. 

15. Can NYU-Poly students take advantage of NYU’s Student Health Center services?  If so, what benefits are available?

Yes, NYU-Poly students can utilize all NYU Student Health Center (SHC) services. On site at NYU-Poly, counseling and psychiatric medication services are available through the NYU Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) satellite office (232 Dibner). Additionally, NYU-Poly students can utilize all services offered at the NYU-Washington Square CWS location (726 Broadway, 4th floor) including counseling, psychiatric services, group counseling, toolkits and the 24-hour Wellness Exchange hotline (212-443-9999).

In terms of medical services, NYU-Poly students can access all health services available at the NYU Student Health Center (SHC). Examples of services offered at the NYU SHC include primary care, urgent care walk-in, women's and men's health, HIV testing and counseling, allergy, immunology and travel medicine, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, diagnostic testing, case management, health promotions, nutrition, physical therapy, radiology, optometry, and dental care. A complete listing of medical services can be found at http://www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/student-health-center/services.html.

There is no cost for certain SHC services including counseling, groups and toolkits, 24-hour emergency response hotline, Health Promotion office programs and services and HIV testing and counseling. There is no co-pay for office visits including psychiatric medication services for students with NYU-Poly student health insurance. Co-pays will apply for specialty services and to students with other insurance plans. Students may be billed by SHC Patient Accounts for deductibles, co-insurance and/or fees, not covered by insurance. Students referred outside SHC for treatment and/or services may be billed separately by those outside providers.

16. Can NYU-Poly students participate in NYU clubs, associations and social events at the Washington Square campus?

All NYU-Poly students will continue to have the opportunity to join NYU All-Square clubs and associations, as well as attend social events offered at the Washington Square campus.  In addition to NYU-Poly’s own 40+ organizations, students are able to participate in the 300+ All-Square student organizations that focus on interests related to cultural, social, religion, ethnic, art, politics and community service. Please visit the following link for more details: http://www.nyu.edu/life/student-life/resources-for-nyu-poly-students.html

Presently, NYU-Poly students are eligible to join fraternities and sororities based at NYU’s Washington Square campus, and will be eligible to participate in Athletic Collegiate Conference and Intramural and Club teams beginning September 2014. In the meantime, students are welcome to participate in club sports and intramurals offered by NYU-Poly. Also, students are able to attend events and programs offered in Washington Square, along with those held specifically for NYU-Poly students at our downtown Brooklyn location.

17. Will transportation be provided to link NYU’s Washington Square campus and other locations with NYU-Poly’s location in Brooklyn?

At this time, no dedicated, free transportation system is planned to connect Brooklyn and Manhattan locations.  However, the New York City subway system, easily accessible from NYU-Poly, provides fast, convenient, and affordable service between locations.  In fact, via the A/C/F trains the trip from NYU-Poly to Washington Square is a mere 20-30 minutes in duration. Going forward, a dedicated transportation system may be considered if demand warrants it.

NYU-Poly members have access to the NYU bus/trolley system in Manhattan by showing your NYU-Poly ID. Visit http://www.nyu.edu/public.safety/transportation/ for details.

18. Can NYU-Poly faculty, staff, and students shop at the NYU Bookstore?  Where is the store located?

Yes.  For the past couple of years, NYU-Poly faculty and students have been welcome to shop at the NYU Bookstore. The NYU Bookstore, located at 726 Broadway near Astor place in Manhattan, offers textbooks for all NYU schools and colleges (including NYU-Poly), carries general trade books, study aids, magazines school supplies, stationary, and more. The store also stocks a full array of NYU-branded merchandise, as well as NYU-Poly mugs, t-shirts and caps.  Convenient online shopping is available, too.

Additionally, the NYU Bookstore features an event space for author readings and community events, a Kid’s Corner for families and young readers, an enhanced clothing department which includes an expanded range of clothing and merchandise, and Think Café, a popular organic and Fair Trade coffee shop, to which all NYU-Poly faculty, staff, and students are welcome.  NYU-Poly faculty, staff, and students also may take advantage of the NYU Computer Store, located at 242 Greene Street in Manhattan, which carries computer hardware, software, accessories and iPods at exclusive NYU discounts extended to NYU-Poly.