Advanced Standing Credits
Advanced standing credits are college credits earned before entering NYU. Examples of advanced standing credits include those earned at other accredited colleges and universities before admission to NYU completed with a grade of B or better, and those earned through qualifying scores of 4 or 5 obtained on the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. International Baccalaureate (IB), French Baccalaureate, Advanced Level (“A-Level”), Abitur, and some other foreign maturity examination credits may also result in advanced standing credit. Some courses taken at other colleges may not be honored by NYU.
LS accepts a maximum of 32 credits of advanced standing.* While GLS accepts up to 32 advanced standing credits, the structure of the program does not typically allow for early graduation. The work reflected by advanced standing credits will not substitute for any of the required courses in the Core Program or in GLS. The only requirements that advanced standing credits may satisfy for the Core Program and GLS are mathematics and science. Please see “Advanced Placement Credit and Global Liberal Studies Requirements” below for more information.
Advanced standing credits must be submitted to the NYU Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center and are only then evaluated by the LS Advising Center. Students should request that official AP scores, college transcripts, and other documentation be sent to the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions, New York University, 665 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10012-2339. AP scores may also be sent electronically through www.collegeboard.com/student.
Students should also note that the various undergraduate schools and colleges of NYU have different policies on whether AP or other advanced standing credit will be accepted in fulfillment of major and other requirements. Students should consult with the LS Advising Center about advanced standing credits and how they will be counted.
For detailed information on AP, IB, and A-Level equivalences, please refer to the AP/IB/Advanced Levels equivalencies charts in the CAS bulletin.
In general, transfer credit may be awarded for satisfactory work completed at another accredited college or university upon receipt of an official transcript that demonstrates a qualifying grade. In granting credit, the following are considered: the content, complexity, and grading standards of courses taken elsewhere; individual grades and grade averages attained by the applicant; the suitability of courses taken elsewhere for the program of study chosen for NYU; and the degree of preparation that completed courses provide for more advanced study at NYU. Advanced standing credit toward the degree is given only for a grade of B or better, provided the credit fits into the selected program of study and courses were completed within the past 10 years. In addition, quarter hours will be converted to semester hours to determine the number of credits transferable to NYU; and credits based on semester hours will be transferred at face value to NYU.
*Students should consult the websites and bulletins of other NYU schools and colleges for specific residency requirements.
Advanced Placement Credit and Global Liberal Studies Requirements
GLS participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. GLS students who present AP test results with the appropriate score (usually 4 or 5) may receive college credit toward the bachelor’s degree. Students who receive AP credit may not take the corresponding NYU course for credit. If they do so, they will forfeit the AP credit.
Science is the only GLS degree requirement that AP credit may satisfy. AP credit in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics B may be used to substitute for Natural Science I and II. AP credit in Environmental Science may be used to substitute for Natural Science II (as opposed to Natural Science I for Core Program students).
Note that the AP equivalencies listed below are for students in GLS only. Students who declare certain cross-school minors should consult the LS Advising Center about advanced standing credits that may or may not apply to particular minors or that may satisfy certain departmental prerequisites. The Core Requirement will be satisfied with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP examination listed.
| AP Examination
||Core Requirement Satisfied
||Natural Science I and II
||Natural Science I and II
| Environmental Science
||Natural Science II
| Physics B
||Natural Science I and II
| Physics C—Mech. and Physics C—E&M
||Natural Science I and II
| Physics C—Mech.
||Natural Science I
| Physics C—E&M
||Natural Science I
|Physics 1 or 2
|Natural Science I
|Physics 1 and 2
|Natural Science I and II
A student internship can be defined as "a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting" (National Association of Colleges and Employers). Credit towards the NYU degree, however, is awarded for courses, not for internship placements. Although an internship placement (either paid or unpaid) may be a co-requisite for a course, students receive credit only for academic work that is assessed by an instructor as part of a course—not for the professional development that they receive through their placement or the hours spent at the placement site. In such cases, students are expected to select appropriate placements in collaboration with the course instructor. For advice on this matter, students and faculty should review the Wasserman Center’s Important Considerations Before Accepting a Job or Internship. If interested in requesting credit for an internship experience, students can contact the internship program advisor in the Liberal Studies Advising Center for more information about the proposal and approval procedures.
In special circumstances (such as when a student is working on a pre-approved research paper with a faculty member), a student may be allowed to register for an independent study course. Independent study proposals must be sponsored by a full-time LS faculty member and approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Summer Session/Winter Session
NYU offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit to supplement coursework during the regular fall and spring semesters. Summer Sessions are intensive courses offered at the New York City campus and global sites during summer recess. Students interested in Summer Sessions should visit www.nyu.edu/summer and consult their academic advisor for registration guidance. January Term sessions are intensive courses offered at the New York City campus and global sites during winter recess. Students interested in January Term session should visit www.nyu.edu/winter and consult their academic advisor for registration guidance.
NYU does not normally accept summer school transfer credits taken at another university. In rare circumstances, and only with prior approval, students may take such courses. Students who wish to apply for approval must do so by filing a petition (forms are available through any academic advisor or the Liberal Studies website) no later than the first of May preceding the summer in which work is to be taken. No late applications are considered. Students are also advised that courses taken during the summer at other universities may not fulfill requirements toward degrees and majors in the other undergraduate schools and colleges of NYU. LS students who wish to have summer work at another university substitute for courses or requirements at NYU will require approval from the appropriate NYU school or college, as well as from the LS Advising Center. To receive NYU credit once permission is granted, a student must earn a grade of B or better and then arrange for all official transcripts and scores to be forwarded to the LS Advising Center, New York University, 726 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, NY, 10003, and to the Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center, New York University, 665 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10012.
Liberal Studies students are not permitted to pursue coursework at other universities while in the Core Program or Global Liberal Studies during the regular academic year. Students interested in studying at other universities during the summer or intersession should consult with their academic advisor in New York for permission and approval, as well as guidance on how these courses may or may not count toward graduation or other requirements. In addition, students should consult their transition school if they would like to study outside of NYU in the junior or senior year, as policies vary by program and department.
In general, credit may be awarded for satisfactory work completed at another accredited college or university upon receipt of an official transcript that demonstrates a qualifying grade for transfer. In granting advanced standing, the following are considered: the content, complexity, and grading standards of courses taken elsewhere; individual grades and grade averages attained by the applicant; the suitability of courses taken elsewhere for the program of study chosen for NYU; and the degree of preparation that completed courses provide for more advanced study at NYU. Transfer credit toward the degree is given only for a grade of C or better, provided the credit fits into the selected program of study and courses were completed within the past 10 years. In addition, note quarter hours will be converted to semester hours to determine the number of credits transferable to NYU; and credits based on semester hours will be transferred at face value to NYU.
LS will only consider transfer credits for online courses if they are earned by a student at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning, and which receive a C or higher as demonstrated by an official transcript. Courses that meet those conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
GLS students are expected to study away for the entire junior year at an NYU global study site in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London (by special permission and petition), Madrid, Paris, Shanghai, or Tel Aviv. Students are not permitted to satisfy the global study requirement at any other NYU Global Academic Center. In addition, students cannot satisfy the global study requirement at any of NYU's international exchange partners or a non-NYU study away program. Instead, students participate in GLS specific coursework at each of the aforementioned sites that prepare them for the senior year, senior thesis, and graduation.