Steps to Graduation

Degree Requirements

The College of Arts & Science Bulletin is your most valuable resource and specifies all academic requirements for your degree. If you have questions regarding degree requirements or difficulty satisfying these requirements, consult an advisor in the College Advising Center or the Office of the Associate Dean. Questions specific to your major or minor should be discussed with your major advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies in your department.

Registrar's Degree Progress Report

The University Registrar provides a Degree Progress Report of your degree requirements via Albert throughout your college career. Your Degree Progress Report will indicate which requirements must be completed in order to be eligible for your bachelor's degree and which requirements are complete.

  • Review your Degree Progress Report carefully now. Review your Degree Progress Report carefully again before and after you register for your final semester. If you have reason to believe that your Degree Progress Report contains an error or something is unclear, contact an advisor in the College Advising Center as soon as possible.
  • Provide all documentation requested by the University Registrar in a timely manner.

Applying for Graduation

You must apply for graduation via Albert by the deadline. It is your responsibility to notify the Registrar within the specific graduation application period.

Your Degree

Degrees are awarded by the University three times each year -- January, May and September.

Academic Standing & Honors

Each student must be in good academic standing in order to graduate. This means achieving a minimum cumulative and major grade point average of 2.0 as well as satisfactory completion of the general degree and major requirements.

Latin honors are awarded by the University Registrar to a percentage of the graduating class.

Department honors are presented by your major department faculty. Special requirements set by a department must be satisfied. You must apply to your major department for honors.

Phi Beta Kappa is a national honorary society. Students are elected by members of the NYU Chapter. You will be notified by late April if elected.

Founders Day Awards are mailed to degree recipients and May degree candidates who have met the eligibility requirements set by the University. A certificate and a distinctive gold tassel is sent to each recipient. This tassle is worn in place of the standard tassel to the CAS Baccalaureate and NYU Commencement ceremonies.

Additional College and Departmental awards are presented at Dean's Award Night and the Baccalaureate Ceremony.

Student Accounts

In order to be eligible for graduation, a student must be in good financial standing with New York University for all accounts, including but not limited to:
  • Tuition
  • Dining
  • Damages to University property
  • Housing
  • Other charges for services and fees

Transcript of Record

The Office of the University Registrar will issue official transcripts for all work completed at NYU directly to schools, employers, and scholarship organizations at your request. Be sure to request transcripts well in advance.

It is advisable to request a transcript for yourself before you graduate or send it to a third party. Be certain that your transcript contains no surprises.


Your diploma is a certificate of your academic achievement at NYU. It will be sent by the Office of the University Registrar by mail to your address of record about 8 weeks after your degree is awarded.