Prospective Students FAQs
Common questions we hear from students
What is the VIP Program?
- Is VIP a course?
Yes, the Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) Program encompasses a set of project-based learning courses that enable students to participate on real-world projects for course credit. Each section of VIP corresponds to a particular VIP team. These multidisciplinary teams are each supervised by a faculty in their area of expertise, advising the team to accomplish objectives across research, design, entrepreneurship, and service.
Students earn repeatable course credit for participation on a VIP team and are expected to participate for at least three semesters. Long-term participation provides students with the time and opportunity to gain disciplinary insights, hone professional skills, and grow into positions of leadership within the team organization. Many students are able to earn elective credit toward their graduation requirements. Learn more about the credit policies for VIP.
- What does "Vertically Integrated" mean?
"Vertically Integrated" refers to the composition of a VIP team which incorporates students from across academic years and expertise levels.
What can I expect as a VIP student?
- Is previous experience required?
Previous experience is not required. It is important to have a willingness to learn and to work with others.
- What is expected of me?
All enrolled students attend regular team meetings, collaborate on tasks to accomplish team objectives, and maintain documentation of their work. The specific VIP team objectives are diverse, and so are the student activities. The workload can vary week to week, and team to team. The VIP teams are open-ended and student-driven; this means that students are expected to be motivated, accountable, and creative. Learn more about student expectations.
- What can I expect of others?
When joining a VIP team, students should expect to be integrated into the communication and documentation processes of the VIP team. Depending on the team, more advanced VIP team members may provide onboarding resources and/or training for new members. Regardless, be ready for a fruitful and rewarding journey with other like-minded students.
- How will I be graded?
The VIP courses are graded A through F, for which each student is primarily evaluated for their individual contributions to the team objectives and their documentation of that work. Students are also evaluated based on their consistent engagement and accountability to the team. The final deliverable from the VIP team also factors into the VIP grade.
Can I join a VIP team?
- Who can join VIP?
The VIP Program is open to all undergraduate students! There are no prerequisite or major requirements.
- When can I apply to a VIP team?
The VIP team applications are always open. It is ideal to apply during the enrollment window for the upcoming semester. Applications are reviewed by individual teams. Contact the team representative listed on this website with any questions about the status of your application to a particular team. All students should enroll in VIP prior to NYU's add/drop deadline. Check out the NYU Calendar for deadlines.
- How do I join?
You can apply to all the VIP teams that interest you, then enroll on one VIP team of your choice.
When accepted, you will be given an enrollment permission code that you can use to enroll in the correct course section for the correct number of credits. Check out this guide to add classes.