The College Advising Center

The College Advising Center (726 Broadway, 7th floor; 212-998-8130) offers a wide range of academic services and thoughtfully designed programs to meet the ever-changing needs of our diverse student body. The academic advising team serves as an integral source of information on matters pertaining to the College Core Curriculum, degree requirements, procedures of the College, and both CAS and University policies.

Advisors consider the unique academic and professional aspirations of each student while working in a manner that is collaborative and explorative and that promotes intellectual growth. Advisors are available to meet with students Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m., virtually or in person, to discuss their academic plans, clarify program requirements, or assist in connecting students with institutional resources. Advisors also liaise with other University offices and can make referrals to support services when appropriate.

In collaboration with institutional partners, the advising team facilitates programs geared towards the professional, social, and cultural development of our students. Career-focused events, such as department spotlights, faculty seminars, and alumni panels, are intended to assist students in exploring and choosing a major,  and in preparing for post-baccalaureate life.

The College Advising Center’s various co-curricular activities and initiatives aim to complement students’ academic experiences. Specialized programming provides enrichment opportunities and support for diverse and underrepresented student groups. These programs begin in the summer when entering first-year students are invited to participate in the College’s Academic Achievement Program (AAP). Through AAP, Black, Latino, and Indigenous students may engage in a first-year mentorship program in which they are paired with an upper-level mentor who provides them with support and guidance during their first year.

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, a number of specific initiatives continue to ensure that diverse students are fully engaged within the College. Students also have the opportunity to study away at a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) through the Faculty Resource Network (FRN) Domestic Exchange Program.

First-Year Students

The advising process for first-year students in the College of Arts and Science begins in the summer. All first-year students are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar during their first year in CAS. Seminars are small, discussion-based courses taught by professors who are leading thinkers in their fields. During the fall of the first year, students attend bi-weekly Cohort meetings; these interactive sessions are led by an instructor and College Leader (an upper-class student mentor). Meetings will cover a wide range of topics and are all carefully crafted to provide first-year students the resources they need to be successful at NYU. Cohort meetings are supplemented by programs led by the College Leader throughout the semester to help build community and acclimate first-year students to NYU and New York City. The Cohort serves as a "home-base" -- not only throughout their first year, but across their entire time at NYU and in CAS. 

Transfer Students

Advising for students who are transferring to the College of Arts and Science from another college or university commences once the College is notified that they have accepted admission. Students begin with an advising and registration process which includes direct contact with a CAS adviser who can interpret the transfer credit report, assist with course selection, and answer questions pertaining to degree requirements and registration.

Transfer students are also invited to a special orientation session  that supports their transition to CAS. These sessions are co-led by a CAS adviser and current upperclassmen who serve as student resources throughout the orientation and transition process.

Transfer students participate in the College Cohort Program (CCP) and are assigned an adviser within the College Advising Center. Transfer students approaching junior standing must also declare a major and meet with an adviser in their major department in order to ensure that they are choosing the appropriate courses for their plan of study.

International Students

CAS has a Global Advising and Engagement team composed of experienced academic advisors who work on issues related to international students in the College. Advisors on team coordinate enrollment in appropriate Expository Writing courses, promote writing support resources for multilingual learners, review international maturity certificate exams and international transcripts for credit, and assist international students with questions related to F-1 visa compliance and work authorization.

The team collaborates with other relevant campus offices, such as the Office of Global Services (OGS), the International Student Hub (I-Hub), the Wasserman Center for Career Development, the University Learning Center (ULC), the Expository Writing Program (EWP) and Writing Center, Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS), and Undergraduate Admissions, to ensure that CAS international students are as well supported as possible while pursuing their studies. 

The CAS Global Advising and Engagement team hosts regular events for international students, including social hours, cultural activities, and informative workshops, as well as topical discussions related to international student concerns.

In addition, the Global team supports students as they navigate cultural transitions by coordinating the CAS International Student Mentor Program. This program orients new international students to NYU and NYC by connecting them with returning student mentors.  The team also advises the CAS International Student Club (CAS ISC) which offers a wide array of events for the international student community in CAS.

Advisors on the Global Advising and Engagement team host drop-in hours for international students and send out a regular informative newsletter, the International Edition.

CAS Preprofessional Advising

The College of Arts and Science Preprofessional Advising Center (726 Broadway, 7th Floor; 212-998-8160) oversees programs (not majors) in prehealth and prelaw and a certificate program in Postbaccalaureate Prehealth Studies, as well as several joint and accelerated degree programs.

Prehealth and Prelaw Programs

For information on the programs below, please consult and contact:

Robert and Ellen Salant Prehealth Program;

Barbara and Evan Chesler Prelaw Program;

Postbaccalaureate Prehealth Studies Program;

BA/DDS Program (with the NYU College of Dentistry, and administered by the Department of Biology);

Accelerated and Joint Options Leading to Graduate or Specialized Degrees

For information on the options below, please consult and contact:

College of Arts and Science Pathway with the Stern School of Business;

Joint BS/BS Program in Engineering (with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and administered by the College of Arts and Science Advising Center); (and see also the individual program pages in this Bulletin)

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Track (with the Graduate School of Arts and Science);

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Teacher Education Programs (with the Steinhardt Department of Teaching and Learning);

Accelerated BA/MPA and BA/MUP Programs (with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service);

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Track in Bioethics (with the College of Global Public Health);

Accelerated BA/MS track in Clinical Research (with the College of Dentistry);