2011-2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog (with addenda) 
    Jun 16, 2021  
2011-2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies Program

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The General Studies (GS) Program provides proactive support for students, allowing them an opportunity to matriculate and successfully obtain a science-, engineering, humanitiesand management-based education. To ensure student success, the General Studies Program provides a broad variety of services that begin with a mandatory summer program before the start of freshman year and continue throughout the academic year with mandatory weekly tutoring and advisement sessions. Once admitted into NYU-Poly, students must participate successfully in the program for one year before they are allowed to apply to transfer to a degree program. Advanced Placement (AP) and transfer credits may not be used toward the completion of GS Program requirements.

For further information, visit the GS website, or call (718) 260-3882.

Admission and Application Procedures

Admission to the General Studies Program is by invitation only. Selected first-year applicants to NYU-Poly are invited to submit an application and may be interviewed by an admissions counselor to determine if their goals correspond with program objectives and services. Accepted students who plan to attend the program must take a math-, beginner level physics- and writing-skills assessment tests before the summer program starts.

Academic Support Services

GS students have an array of services to help them adjust to the rigorous NYU-Poly curriculum. Services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A six-week on-campus or online summer program before the start of their freshman year.
    • On-campus students take a computer skills for engineers class and pre-college math, physics and writing courses. Otherwise, students take an online Math course. The Admissions Office decides whether the student’s summer experience will be on-campus or online; regardless of format, student participation in one or the other is required for admission to NYU-Poly in the fall.
  • College survival skills course.
  • Individualized tutoring and group review sessions.
  • Individual and group advisement sessions.


At weekly advisement meetings students discuss questions and concerns about the academic curriculum and general collegeadjustment issues. Individual advisement sessions are a more personal continuation of the group meetings. Students meet with a General Studies staff member weekly to discuss a broad range of topics, including academic, financial and personal concerns.

Financial Aid

General Studies students’ financial-aid packages are based on the information entered on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Students are urged to complete the FAFSA forms as early as possible to get the best financial aid package.

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