If you are a Conditional Admit General Studies (GS) student, you must participate in either a six-week on-campus or online pre-college summer intensive prior to the start of your freshman year, as determined by Admissions. If required to be on-campus, students must successfully complete a six-week pre-college intensive on the NYU-Poly campus in Brooklyn, NY. This pre-college summer program does not carry course credit but seeks to provide the science, math, and writing background to promote preparation for the full rigor of an NYU-Poly education. The program is mandatory and free of charge. The online summer intensive, also mandatory and free of charge, requires that students successfully complete an online mathematics program during the summer prior to the fall semester. This online program does not carry course credit either but seeks to introduce students to or remind them of math concepts necessary for success at this challenging engineering institution. Your formal acceptance letter indicates if you will begin your Conditional Admit General Studies (GS) Program on-campus or online.
- On-Campus: For six-weeks in the summer before your first year, you will face an intense academic schedule, which includes tutoring, writing consultant sessions, group meetings, and individual advisement sessions, designed to equip you with the knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to meet the challenges of the NYU-Poly curriculum and make a smooth transition to college life. The following is a brief description of the courses you must complete during the on-campus summer intensive:
GS 101 Computer Skills for Engineers
Course focuses on the basic functions and intricacies of AutoCAD, MATLAB, Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, and PowerPoint. Course requirements consist of weekly lab assignments, a midterm, final, and an individual project synthesizing the course content.
GS 102 Pre-College Writing
Course is designed to prepare students for writing at the collegiate level. Class time is composed of reading and writing exercises, grammar quizzes and lessons, and a close examination of student writing (workshops).
GS 103 Pre-College Math
Course focuses on preparing students for the Introduction to Pre-calculus course. Course requirements consist of daily participation, weekly quizzes, daily homework assignments, a midterm, and final exam.
GS 106 Pre-College Physics
Course introduces the foundational concepts and laws of physics and their connection to the engineering disciplines. Course requirements consist of daily participation, weekly quizzes, daily homework assignments and a midterm and final exam.
- Online: For four to six weeks in the summer before your freshman year, you will face an intense online mathematics regimen designed to refresh or introduce the mathematics topics necessary to meet the challenges of the NYU-Poly curriculum and make a smooth transition to college life. Virtual interaction with instructors and peers is a must.
After successfully completing the summer on-campus or online intensive, you will begin your first year of studies in the fall semester alongside other NYU-Poly students. You may be limited to 13 credits in your first semester and take the following courses: English, Math, Chemistry, and Engineering and Technology Forum. English and Math courses are based on placement exam results. Additionally, you are required to attend weekly tutorial sessions. Academic progress is monitored by the GS staff via weekly advisement sessions.
You may take a full load of up to 16 credits if you have satisfactorily completed your first semester of studies. Courses to be taken will be determined in consultation with you and your GS Adviser. Tutoring and advisement sessions are also required in the spring semester.
Requirements to Enter a Major/Program
At the end of the first year, you must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of “C,” or 2.0, and must complete a minimum of 24 credits in order to remain at NYU-Poly. If you successfully complete your first year according to the above-set standards and meet published programmatic requirements, you will be transferred to the departmental advisor in your major department.