Messages from the Dean

Welcome Steinhardt Undergraduate and Graduate Students!

I am delighted to welcome you to the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. We feel a wonderful sense of excitement and promise as we begin the new Academic Year.

As a student at Steinhardt, you are part of a very special moment in our history. We are celebrating our 125th birthday.

We were founded on March 3, 1890 as the first School of Pedagogy at an American university. In the words of Henry Barnard, the first U.S. Commissioner of Education, the goal of the School of Pedagogy – our Steinhardt School – was to raise the “art of teaching to the same dignified plane as the professions of law and medicine.”

Today you join one of the best universities and schools in the world.  

You are part of a vibrant community of faculty, students, and alumni, who are working to improve our local and global populations through applied psychology, art, education, health, media, and music.

We urge you to take advantage of all the resources that are available to you in your Department, our School, the University, and the city at large. Work with your professors; engage your classmates; enrich your life and the lives of those around you; become an involved and engaged citizen in our community.

And don’t forget to savor every moment of your college education. A new school year is a new beginning, an occasion for you to grow personally and intellectually, and to challenge yourself. You’ve earned your place here. Make the most of it!

You can learn more about the many services, events, and opportunities through the Student Matters blog.  The Office of Student Affairs and your advisor can also answer any questions you may have.

Stay connected with us through our online communities: Like us on Facebookand Instagram (where I post my occasional Selfie), follow us on Twitter, and watch out for upcoming events and our 125th Anniversary lectures and concerts.

Here’s to a great year!

Dominic Brewer
Gale and Ira Drukier Dean