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Guiding Principles of Advisement

Advisement in NYU Steinhardt works in concert with the School's mission to prepare students to challenge conventions, redefine the educational process, and lead in a dynamic, changing, global society.

Advisement in NYU Steinhardt is:

  • a process of shared responsibility and works best when both the student and advisor are active participants.
  • integral to the academic experience, playing a key role in student satisfaction, success, and retention.
  • comprehensive, holistic, and developmental, beginning at recruitment, continuing throughout orientation, and undergraduate and/or graduate study, and may extend to alumni/alumnae.
  • sensitive to the needs of a diverse, global student population.
  • organized by department, may vary in format by program, and is connected to School and University resources through the Office of Student Affairs.
  • reviewed and evaluated regularly to ensure ongoing high quality and best practices.

The Role of the Student

Students are responsible for planning and making decisions about their academic, professional, and personal paths. They work in concert with their advisors to:

  • refine educational and career goals.
  • understand academic and professional expectations.
  • craft a meaningful program of study.
  • engage in professional, personal, and career development.

In particular the students:

  • understand the philosophy that guides the discipline/major.
  • learn about degree requirements, including prerequisites, electives, and course sequencing.
  • develop an academic plan that meet requirements for the successful completion of the degree and the maintenance of good academic standing.
  • plan a program of study that integrates other academic options and opportunities (e.g. study abroad, independent study, honors courses, and co-curricular and professional activities).
  • are aware of and adhere to the policies, procedures, and deadlines that guide undergraduate and/or graduate study (e.g. drop/add, registration, pass/fail option, etc.).
  • initiate meetings and actively prepare for consultation with their advisor, bringing a planned schedule and concerns and/or questions for discussion.
  • are familiar with School/University student services and resources and actively seek assistance when needed.
  • pursue professional development opportunities by engaging with faculty, alumni/alumnae, professional organizations, and career resources on campus.

The Role of the Advisor

Advisors are a primary point of entry into the Steinhardt community and the academic department. As professional and academic mentors throughout a student’s academic tenure, advisors interface with students, faculty, field placement supervisors, and administrative offices to serve as a core connection between a student’s classroom learning, professional development, and co-curricular opportunities.  They work in concert with their advisees to:

  • refine educational and career goals.
  • understand academic and professional expectations.
  • craft a meaningful program of study.
  • facilitate professional, personal, and career development.

In particular the advisor:

  • communicates the philosophy that guides the academic discipline/major.
  • explains degree requirements, including prerequisites, electives, and course sequencing.
  • assists in developing an academic plan that meets requirements for the successful completion of the degree and the maintenance of good academic standing.
  • oversees the planning of a program of study that integrates other academic options and opportunities (e.g. study abroad, independent study, honors courses, and co-curricular and professional activities).
  • explains and clarifies the policies and procedures that guide undergraduate and/or graduate study (e.g. drop/add, registration, pass/fail option, etc.).
  • prepares for consultation by maintaining up-to-date records, monitoring student progress, retention and success, and provides a safe and confidential environment for concerns and/or questions.
  • refers students to School/University student services and resources, as appropriate.
  • is proactive in addressing student issues.
  • connects the student with professional development opportunities through faculty, departments, professional organizations, and career resources on campus.

 Advisors also pursue their professional development by:

  • connecting to professional resources for continued improvement of advisement, e.g. professional development networks, conferences, and other resources.
  • actively participating in the intellectual and educational life of their departments, Steinhardt, and NYU.
  • analyzing and monitoring academic retention patterns and success rates for recruitment.
  • reviewing and evaluating advisement quality.

Academic Advisement 

Advisement and Student Success

Marni Vassallo, Director
Advising and Student Success
212-998-5891, marni.vassallo@nyu.edu

Advisement in the Steinhardt School is integral to the academic experience and is organized departmentally and by program. Undergraduate and graduate students are admitted to the Steinhardt School to pursue a chosen major. Advisement provides the framework for educational planning and assessing progress toward educational, personal, and career goals. The most important person to meet with for academic advisement is your department program advisor.

Doctoral Studies

Nancy Hall, Associate Director of Doctoral Studies
212-998-5044, nancy.hall@nyu.edu

After you enroll as a doctoral student, all matters affecting graduate status are processed through this office. Find out more about doctoral policies

Go to the Office of Doctoral Studies for:

  • Applications for doctoral candidacy
  • Directions for filing doctoral dissertation
  • Extension and reinstatement information and materials
  • Filing adviser's written requests for exemption/submission of degree requirements
  • Formation of dissertation committee

International Student Advisement

Nicholas Voelker
Senior International Student Engagement Administrator
212-998-9149, nicholas.voelker@nyu.edu

Meets with international students and nonnative speakers of English with refugee or permanent resident status prior to their first registration.

Go to the international student adviser for:

  • Preadvisement
  • English competency testing information
  • Orientation
  • Information about the New International Student Seminar (SAHS-GE 2003)
  • General academic information
  • Assistance with issues specific to international students

Special Student (Nondegree) Advisement

Doctoral Level: Nancy Hall, Associate Director of Doctoral Studies
212-998-5044, nancy.hall@nyu.edu

Master's Level: Departmental Advisors, Facilitator: Mark Perez, Senior Certification Services Administrator
212-998-5033, mark.perez@nyu.edu

Undergraduate Level, Visiting Students:  Registration Services
212-998-5055

A nondegree (nonmatriculanted) student is one who is enrolled for course work but is not a degree candidate. Requirements for admission are the same as those for degree candidates, and all course work must be taken for credit. No auditing is permitted. Applications for admission may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 665 Broadway, 11th Floor, or the Office of Graduate Admissions, Pless Hall, 3rd Floor. Clearance to register must be obtained for each semester's registration. After obtaining the permit to register, nondegree students meet with a special student adviser. See detailed information regarding the registration process.

Go to the special student or departmental advisors for:

  • General advisement and registration clearance

Teacher Certification

Mark Perez, Certification Officer, Senior Certification Services Administrator
212-998-5033, mark.perez@nyu.edu
Contact the Certification Officer with any concerns you may have that cannot be answered by your departmental certification liaison.

Go to the Certification Officer for:

  • Information on education statutes, requirements, and certification in other states
  • Information on teacher certification requirements
  • Requirements for New York State Teacher Certification Examinations

    Registration Services 

    Kate Legnetti, Senior Director
    Registration Services
    212-998-5053, kate.legnetti@nyu.edu

    Belkis Baez, Senior Administrator
    Registration Services
    212-998-9031, belkis.baez@nyu.edu

    Andrea Fannelli, Senior Administrator
    Registration Services
    212-998-5684, andrea.fannelli@nyu.edu

    Registration for both graduate and undergraduate students is completed through Albert, the online student information system, at www.albert.nyu.edu, and the most important person to see about registration is your adviser. You may also find answers to your questions in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) area of www.steinhardt.nyu.edu/registration.

    Go to Registration Services in Pless Hall for:

    • Course permission forms
    • Deferred tuition payment
    • Drop/add course forms
    • Incomplete grade forms
    • Independent study forms
    • Pass/fail option forms
    • Change of curriculum
    • Permission to take courses off campus
    • Domestic and study abroad programs
    • Permission to declare a minor/major/double major
    • Undergraduate reevaluation of transfer credit
    • Substitution forms

    Special Programs

    Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP)

    Jacqueline Banegas-Abreu, Associate Director
    383 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, 212-998-4500, cctop@nyu.edu

    The Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP) is a scholarship and assistance program for students transferring from partnership community colleges into NYU. 

    Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP/CSTEP)

    Luis Lopez, Counselor
    Pless Hall, 2nd Floor, 212-998-5679; lal13@nyu.edu
    Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
    Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
    18 Washington Place, 212-998-5667

    HEOP/CSTEP provides preadvisement, academic advisement, personal counseling, tutoring, and educational workshops for students enrolled through these programs.

    Professional Studies (PRST) Program

    Belkis Baez, Senior Administrator
    212-998-9031, belkis.baez@nyu.edu

    Undergraduates in their senior year who have not met departmental requirements for their original course of study are referred to, and may graduate through, the Professional Studies Program, following a liberal arts curriculum.

    Undergraduate Academic Planning

    As new students entering NYU Steinhardt, you will pursue career and personal paths in every imaginable occupation and setting, both at home and abroad.

    Liberal Arts Core

    Explore the NYU Steinhardt courses that satisfy the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum requirements.

    Undergraduate Advisement

    Advisement resources and information for undergraduate students. Browse this page to familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures of the School.

    International Student Advisement

    Resources available to students who are studying at the graduate level and are part of NYU's international community.

    Special Non-Matriculated Advising

    Information guide for NYU Steinhardt non-matriculated special students.

    Graduate Student Advisement

    Academic department advisement information for master's students.

    Forms and Publications

    NYU Steinhardt forms, handbooks, and bulletins for all students.

    Doctoral Policies

    Doctoral policies for PhD and EdD students.