Welcome to the College of Arts & Science (CAS) at New York University! We are excited to work with you, as you transition to the College, and will start reaching out to you in the beginning of May. Until then, be sure to read through all of the information on our website about first-year students to help you prepare for your transition to the College.
During CAS Orientation, you’ll meet your cohort (including your College Leader and Academic Advisor), learn the basics about CAS, and we’ll get you ready to start your classes!
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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. First-year seminars are the perfect way to explore a budding interest --or discover a new passion-- in a way that meets graduation requirements and allows conversation to flow. First-Year Seminars are part of the College CORE Curriculum, and do not fall under any Major Department.
Cohort meeting are bi-weekly interactive sessions led by an academic advisor and College Leader (an upper-class student mentor). Meetings will cover topics ranging from academic resources to study away opportunities to cross-cultural communication. All meetings are carefully crafted to provide first-year students the resources they need to be successful at NYU. Cohort Meetings are supplemented by programs led by your College Leader throughout the semester to help build community and acclimate first-year students to NYU and NYC. Think of cohort as your "home-base" throughout not only your first year, but your entire time at NYU and in CAS.
College Leaders are upper-class students who will assist first-year students in their social, personal and academic transition. College Leaders are responsible for leading first-year students through CAS Orientation Events during Welcome Week and facilitating bi-weekly cohort meetings. In addition, College Leaders host events for their cohorts throughout the academic year which follow the three pillars of CAS: College Life, Academic Inquiry, and Service.