NYU Steinhardt
Welcome from Dean Dominic Brewer

Dear All,

I am delighted to welcome you to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University and to share some of the opportunities in store for our newest students.

We Welcome a New Class

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new freshman class of 2019. They are joining us from across the country – from Oregon and Illinois to Louisiana and Maine – and from around the world – from Ecuador and Turkey to Cameroon and Vietnam. They are from small towns and large cities and hail from many different cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. They bring with them a rich diversity of points of view, beliefs, and experiences. We have met our new students during online orientation and are already deeply impressed with their energy, intellect, and aspirations. They are brimming with talent.

We Welcome New Faculty

We are also excited to welcome several new scholars and teachers to our faculty this year that will teach, mentor, and guide your son or daughter. They include Stella Flores, a scholar and policy expert who studies college access and completion among immigrant students; Natasha Schüll, a media specialist who explores the relationship between technology design and the experience of addiction; Irwin Fisch, an Emmy-nominated composer and performer who creates music for film, media, and live performance; Tamarie Macon, a psychologist who studies fathers and child development; and Noel W. Anderson, a printmaker, painter and sculptor.

Our faculty have recently received prestigious honors, including Pulitzer, Grammy, Guggenheim, and MacArthur awards. They are cited frequently in newspapers, magazines, and journals across the country.

We Celebrate a Year of Excellence

In my first year as dean, I’ve been honored by the recognition our School and academic programs have received from external sources. Some highlights include: 

  • LinkedIn proclaimed NYU – and, by extension, our program in Media, Culture, and Communication – as the best undergraduate university for media professionals.
  • The Hollywood Reporter put NYU – and our Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions – among the top 10 music schools in the country.
  • USA Today included NYU and Steinhardt’s programs in several of its best colleges lists: 
    • #3 of top colleges with the highest paid graduates in education 
    • #5 in top colleges for a degree in studio or fine arts 
    • #10 in top colleges for the health professions
  • Our performing arts alumni won prestigious awards: 
    • NYU Steinhardt music business alumni Ian Axel (B.Mus., ’07) and Chad Vaccarino (B.Mus., ’07), the duo who comprise A Great Big World, took home Grammy awards in the category of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
    • Ruthie Ann Miles, a vocal performance graduate from 2007, won a Tony for her performance in the King and I

Our Centerpiece: Academic Programs

Our academic programs are demanding and innovative, and combine liberal arts education with professional training, which includes fieldwork and/or internships. This past year, for example: 

  • Nutrition and Public Health students in New York City participated in a collaborative course on health and society with NYU students in Ghana, using web-based courseware to work together on assignments and share their insights.
  • Applied Psychology students conceptualized and published their own student research publication, OPUS.
  • Studio Art students spent a semester in Berlin, immersed in one of the most vibrant contemporary art scenes in the world.
  • Early Childhood and Childhood Education students participated in the program’s innovative block scheduling model, which integrates the teaching of science, social studies, music, and drama into classroom instruction for children.
  • Communicative Science and Disorders students observed real-time speech therapy sessions in our state-of-the-art speech and hearing clinic.
  • Global Media Scholars spent January in Abu Dhabi for their Senior Media Seminar capstone course.
  • Music and Performing Arts Professions students performed in more productions than we can list, but I note in particular that our production of the musical Sweet Smell of Success inspired The Huffington Post to declare that “the future of New York City theater is bright;” our NYU Madrigal Singers and Jazz Choir performed in Japan, and students from our string studies program played to a full house at Symphony Space.

Global Study and Undergraduate Honors

Your daughter or son will have many opportunities to learn abroad and to challenge him or herself personally. With portable financial aid during the academic year and with careful planning with an academic adviser, it is possible for any qualified student to study abroad. NYU’s global sites offer semester and year-long programs around the world and Steinhardt offers pathways in the majors for our students in many of them, including:

  • Accra: Teaching and Learning, Global Public Health and Nutrition 
  • Berlin: Studio Art 
  • Buenos Aires: Applied Psychology, Media Studies, Global Public Health 
  • London: Teaching and Learning 
  • Paris: Media Studies, Music 
  • Prague: Media Studies, Music 
  • Shanghai: Media Studies, Studio Art 
  • Sydney: Global Public Health

Our undergraduate honors program is aligned with our commitment to global study and offers many ways for all qualified students to participate. Four Dean’s Global Honors Seminars, taught by full-time faculty, incorporate a travel component in January or Spring Break to an overseas destination to enhance students' learning experiences. This past year, one seminar examined malnutrition in a global context and traveled to China in January, and another seminar explored Developmental Psychology across cultures and traveled to Buenos Aires during Spring Break.

Other activities, such as Grants for Student Research, research-based honors programs in selected majors, and cross-school minors in a wide range of fields further deepen students' intellectual development and prepare them for work and/or graduate school. We encourage you to learn more about these programs on our website.

Academic Success through Advisement and Student Services

To help students progress successfully through their studies, Steinhardt's Office of Student Affairs, in cooperation with our academic departments and University offices, provides a broad array of student services, activities, opportunities, and events. We want our students to get connected, be involved, and stay informed. Throughout the year we encourage our students to take advantage of the wealth of resources for learning and growth at New York University and in New York City.

Perhaps most important to our students' academic success is their contact and engagement with their academic advisers. Advisement in Steinhardt is a process of shared responsibility between student and adviser and works best when both student and adviser are active participants in that process. Advisement is more than just course scheduling, which is why we encourage our students to reach out and meet with their advisers throughout the year.

Welcome Week and the New Student Experience

At the end of August, our newest students will join their department peers and participate in a variety of stimulating events and activities with their classmates from across the University. In Steinhardt, we will greet our new students at the Dean’s Welcome on August 31.

All new students in Steinhardt participate in the New Student Seminar, a full-semester course that introduces their new academic community. The summer reading for this class is Dave Eggers’ The Circle, which offers a sweeping view of a world where social connection is replaced by online connection. We will use The Circle to spark a discussion about how technology shapes our lives, frames our identities and alters our interaction with others. At the Dean’s Convocation for New Students in October, a panel of faculty and students will lead a Steinhardt-wide discussion on the book. In addition, we will award prizes to the student winners who submitted an interpretation of our new student theme as part of Express Steinhardt! I invite you to read and talk about the book with your sons and daughters.

Visit Us on Campus: Parent and Family Day

Please mark your calendars for NYU's Parent and Alumni Day on Saturday, October 24. In the meantime, please visit our parent website for important dates and information. You may also wish to sign up for Steinhardt's e-newsletter to stay informed about School happenings and news.

Stay in Touch

I hope that if you have any questions you will let us know. In particular, you should not hesitate to contact our Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Patricia Carey, by email at patricia.carey@nyu.edu or by phone at 212-998-5065.

We do ask, however, that your daughter or son remain your primary source of information on academic matters. We are limited in the information we can share with you by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In addition, we wish to treat our students as adults, and that means that the primary responsibility of communication with Steinhardt rests with them. We shall respond to the best of our ability to any concerns you may have, and we always welcome your suggestions.

Enjoy the final days of summer, and we will look forward to seeing you on October 24.

With all best wishes,

Dominic Brewer 
Gail and Ira Drukier Dean


Contact the NYU Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs at 212 998 5065 or email steinhardt.orientation@nyu.edu.

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