Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the General Studies (GS) Program?

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-site or Online pre-college summer intensive which is indicated in the formal acceptance letter from Admissions. At the end of the summer, having successfully completed either the On-site or Online pre-college summer program, students follow Academic Bulletin 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. Before they can be transfered to an advisor in their major department, GS students must earn 24 credits and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C") by the end of their second semester.

Q: Who attends the pre-college summer intensive?

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.

Q. What are the dates for the pre-college summer intensive?

A: To learn the dates for the summer intensive to which you were admitted, follow this link: http://engineering.nyu.edu/academics/support/general-studies/forms then click the link labeled "Important Dates" for your intensive.  Other deadlines are listed there as well.  Check back often for updates.

Q. If I need housing for the pre-college summer intensive, how do I go about getting it?

A: Go to NYU Summer Housing (http://www.nyu.edu/summer/housing/) to start your application.  A group for General Studies is in process and will soon appear as a choice, but for now, you should apply individually and pay your Summer Housing deposit to secure your room.  You will be assigned to a shared room in the Othmer Residence Hall in Brooklyn.

Q. What happens if I am academically unsuccessful in the six-week pre-college summer intensive?

A: In the event that you do not successfully complete the Summer On-site or Summer Online Intensive, you will not be permitted to continue at the School of Engineering.

Q: Why was I selected for the General Studies (GS) Program?

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.

Q: Are all students who are not offered admission into their selected major selected for GS?

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.

Q: Is it possible for students to apply directly to the General Studies (GS) Program?

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.

Q: I would like to transfer to the School of Engineering. Am I eligible for the General Studies (GS) Program?

A: No. The General Studies (GS) Program is designed for students who are at the very beginning of their college careers.

Q: If I enroll in the School of Engineering General Studies (GS) Program can I graduate with my bachelor’s degree in four years?

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 13 credits, and your second semester to have a maximum of 18 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).

Q: What if my GPA is below 2.0 at the end of my second semester of the General Studies (GS) Program?

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.

Q: What are the advantages and benefits of the General Studies (GS) Program?

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.

Q: Are charges for this program greater than those for other the School of Engineering programs?

A: No. Although there is a charge for NYU Summer Housing, both the Summer On-site 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.

Q: I have AP and/or transfer credits. Can these credits be applied to the General Studies (GS) Program?

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 at the School of Engineering location in Brooklyn.

Q: If I enroll in the General Studies (GS) Program am I still eligible to apply to the BS/MS program?

A: Yes. All students who meet the academic requirements for the School of Engineering BS/MS program may apply.

Q: If I enroll in the General Studies (GS) Program could I declare a dual major (e.g., Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering) or declare a minor?

A: Yes, with permission from each respective department.

Q: If I enroll in the General Studies (GS) Program could I transfer to the Honors Program?

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.

Q: Is it possible to change my original major after I complete the General Studies (GS) Program?

A: Yes; however, you will need to meet with your academic adviser prior to doing so.

Q: If I accept admission into the General Studies (GS) Program at the School of Engineering may I later transfer into a school of NYU?

A: Yes; however, you must first complete GS. Then, you may apply to that school of NYU as an internal transfer.

Q: What if I have more questions, whom do I contact?

A: You may contact Melissa Barnes, Ph.D., Director of the General Studies Program
E-mail: mbarnes@nyu.edu
Phone: 718.260.3882