A: The General Studies (GS) Program provides proactive academic support in mathematics and the sciences through weekly tutoring and advising sessions while students maintain a full-time course load. Students are selected by Admissions to participate in either an On-campus or Online pre-college summer program which is indicated in the formal acceptance letter from Admissions. At the end of the summer, having successfully completed either the On-Campus or Online pre-college summer program, students follow course catalog guidelines for their intended major in the fall and spring semesters. In each of those semesters, students continue to attend required weekly advising, tutoring, and up to two pass/fail GS courses per semester dedicated to enhancing time management and study skills. In order to be allowed to transfer into the major of their choice, GS students must earn 24 credits and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C") by the end of their second semester.
A: Those students whose overall high school GPA is high but who lack certain courses in math, science and/or writing are chosen by the Admissions office to complete the mandatory six-week program with the purpose of fortifying the students' academic foundation.
A: In the event that you do not successfully complete the Summer On-Campus or Summer Online Intensive, you will not be permitted to continue at the School of Engineering.
A: The Admissions Committee believes that your interest in and passion for the world of invention, innovation, science and mathematics would make you a valued and contributing member of the School of Engineering community. However, we also believe that your academic success is contingent upon the School of Engineering providing you with the tools necessary to enhance your current foundational skills in order to succeed at the School of Engineering. This is what the General Studies (GS) Program seeks to provide.
A: No. You have been selected because of your potential for success at the School of Engineering as evidenced by your previous academic success and motivation. No more than 100 students enter the General Studies (GS) Program each year.
A: No. Students in the General Studies (GS) Program are selected by the Admissions Committee. You are one of a small group of highly qualified students selected for this program.
A: No. The General Studies (GS) Program is designed for students who are at the very beginning of their college careers.
A: It is possible to do so, but you may need to take classes during the summer after your first year to graduate within a four-year time frame. The first year courses students take while in the GS Program fulfill the requirements of all majors offered at the School of Engineering. However, you can expect your first semester to have a reduced course load of 12 credits, and your second semester to have a maximum of 17 credits. Thus, to earn the credits required, students in the GS Program may need to enroll in summer courses after their first year to enable them to graduate within four years. (Please note that in most cases, no tuition is charged for first-year courses taken the summer after the first year).
A: In the event that your overall GPA falls below a 2.0 or you fail to complete at least 24 credits by the end of your second GS semester, the summer following your first year will be a probationary period during which you have a chance to meet minimum GS requirements. If you fail to earn at least a 2.0 and/or 24 credits by the end of that probationary summer, you will be dismissed from the School of Engineering. However, our rigorous initial admissions standards as well as the pro-active and structured weekly tutoring and advising sessions during your first year are designed to promote your success in pursuing your the School of Engineering degree as planned.
A: The program promises a friendly, supportive structure that enables students to transition into a college life that is known for its rigorous academic program. The weekly advising sessions focus on developing time management skills, establishing study habits and helping students navigate the emotional hurdles that they often face when transitioning into university life. This ready-made community of students, advisors and peer-tutors feels like a home away from home, where student advocacy and support is the primary focus.
A: No. Although there is a charge for on-campus housing, both the Summer On-Campus and Summer Online Intensives are free of charge as are the support services (i.e., tutors and advisors). Even courses taken to catch up with first-year curriculum the summer following the first year are free of charge in most cases to ensure that you stay on your four year graduation track.
A: No. Although AP and/or transfer credits, if accepted by the School of Engineering, can apply toward graduation completion requirements, all credits for the General Studies (GS) Program, including any courses that must be taken the summer after the first year, must be completed on the School of Engineering campus.
A: Yes. All students who meet the academic requirements for the School of Engineering BS/MS program may apply.
A: Yes, with permission from each respective department.
A: No. Like GS, the Honors Program is an admissions based program, meaning that you would have to be accepted directly into it by the Admissions office.
A: Yes; however, you will need to meet with your academic adviser prior to doing so.
A: Yes; however, you must first complete GS. Then, you may apply to that school of NYU as an internal transfer.
A: You may contact Melissa Barnes, Ph.D., Director of the General Studies Program: