Variable Credit Enrollment & Policies | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Variable Credit Enrollment & Policies

Undergraduate and graduate options, long-term engagement, elective credit policies

The VIP Program emphasizes long-term engagement on a VIP Team to promote students' disciplinary and professional growth, and support the sustainability of the VIP Teams. 

Three-tier organizational tree of people: one leader icon, three sub-team leaders, and nine team members.

Frequently Asked Questions

Undergraduate Enrollment

All undergraduate students are expected to enroll on the same VIP Team for at least 3 consecutive semesters. The level of VIP credit earned per semester is determined by the workload and leadership position of each student. 

  VIP-UY 300X VIP-UY 3000
Credits per semester ** 1-3 0
Maximum Enrollment 6 credits 3 instances
Grading A-F Pass/Fail

**Credit Policy Criteria

0 Credit: This credit option is available to students for whom enrolling in a VIP for credit will incur extra tuition by exceeding NYU's credit limit for a semester (18 credits/semester) OR who have reached the VIP enrollment limit (6 credits)

1 Credit: All new students and most returning students enroll for 1 credit per semester, equivalent to approximately 4 hours per week. 

2+ Credits: Students who grow into positions of leadership, management, and specialization may enroll for more credit, commensurate with increased workload and responsibilities. Pre-approval is required from the VIP Advisor. 

Enrollment Restrictions: A student can only enroll in one VIP Team at a time. Students on academic probation cannot enroll in VIP. 

Graduate Enrollment

The VIP Program now has a graduate-level course option, VIP-GY 5001. Graduate students earn 1.5 VIP credits per semester and are expected to enroll on the same VIP Team for 2 consecutive semesters. If enrolling in a VIP team for credit will incur extra cost, students may enroll in VIP-UY 5000 for zero credits.

  VIP-UY 5001 VIP-UY 5000
Credits per semester 1.5 0
Maximum Enrollment 3 credits 2 instances
Grading A-F Pass/Fail

Graduate students are encouraged to contact their advisor to discuss joining a VIP Team before applying, and to reach out to with any questions. 

Elective Credit Policies

Several NYU Tandon departments have a policy to approve VIP credit towards undergraduate degree requirements (see table below). Where marked, departments recognize 3 credits on the same VIP Team as credit towards your degree. 

NYU Tandon Department Free Elective In-Major Elective Capstone / Senior Design
Applied Physics    
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering  
Civil and Urban Engineering  
Computer Science and Engineering ✓* ✓*
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mathematics (Tandon)    
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering  
Technology, Culture and Society  
Technology Management and Innovation    

If your school or department is not listed below, consult your departmental advisor to determine if you can apply VIP credit to your degree. Your advisor can approve on a provisional basis as your school or department determines its policy. 

*The CSE Department may allow up to three credits of VIP to fulfill CS electives or CS-UY 4523: Design Project with prior department approval. When taking VIP credits to fulfill the CS-UY 4523: Design Project requirement, students should take three credits of VIP in one semester.


The VIP Program strongly discourages student volunteers. All students participating on a VIP team should be receiving credit, either through VIP or through an affiliated course (e.g., senior design).