Stern Undergraduate Advising Glossary

Browse through our glossary for frequently used words, terms or acronyms.

  • Academic Advising: Academic Advisers offer one-on-one advising to assist in curriculum planning and academic programs to supplement your academic experience. You can email specific advisers or our main advising address ( Advisers are happy to offer guidance on a variety of topics including (but not limited to) the following:
    • Course scheduling
    • Exploring areas of study
    • Selecting minors
    • Study away planning
    • Co-curricular activities
  • Academic Calendar: the Official University Academic Calendar provides relevant holidays, breaks, commencement, and school start/end dates.  
  • Academic Resource Center (The ARC): the place to go when you don’t know where to go with academic navigation questions; offers a variety of academic support resources, including cross-school advising and peer tutoring through the University Learning Center, as well as referrals to other academic resources.
  • Add/Drop: period at the beginning of each semester during which a student can add, drop or switch classes for the current semester. Please refer to Stern's academic calendar for specific deadlines. (Stern's calendar becomes available at least one month before the start of the following semester.)
  • Advanced Standing: you can earn credit for certain requirements if you have earned a qualifying AP, IB or GCE A-level exam score. Please see our "Advanced Standing and Credit by Examination" bullet point under our Academic policies page.
  • Advising Appointment System (AAS): easy way to schedule advising appointments through Albert. Check for your assigned adviser's availability and schedule at your convenience.
  • Advising on Location (AOL): Advising comes to the masses!  A pair of advisers will visit several locations throughout the semester to answer any impromptu questions you may have.  Check out the lobby LCD screens for upcoming dates and locations!
  • Albert: NYU’s class registration and scheduling system.  Here you can register for classes, apply for studying away, check your degree progress, set up an appointment with your adviser and much, much more!
  • Alumni Career Engagement (ACE): provides an opportunity for sophomores, juniors and seniors to receive personalized career guidance from alumni.  Alumni meet with Stern students to share advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing strategies, and careers. Participants are then welcome to network over refreshments.
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS): the national honorary society of collegiate schools of business with more than 750,000 members in more than 160 countries. Membership in the society is open to juniors whose grade point average places them in the upper 10% of their class and to seniors whose grade point average places them in the upper 10% percent of their class.
  • Book Club (Social Impact): in partnership between the Undergraduate Social Impact and Advising teams, this student-driven initiative was piloted in the spring 2014 semester as a way to extend the intellectual journey that is initiated in Stern’s social impact courses. Professor Mark Brennan, the book club’s faculty champion, is passionate about helping students tap into their scholarly curiosity and broaden their intellectual horizons.
  • BS/MS in Accounting (aka - CPA Track): this dual-degree program prepares students to sit for the Certified Public Accountant license examination. Students accepted into the CPA track receive a BS in Business and an MS in Accounting.  Admission is only open to enrolled NYU Stern undergraduate students.
  • Bursar, Office of the: the central billing and collection point for New York University. The department is responsible for managing the university billing, collecting, refunding and cashiering functions.
  • Business and Political Economy (BPE): the BPE program includes two full semesters at NYU's campuses in London and then the option of spending your junior fall semester in New York, Shanghai, Washington, D.C, or any other NYU site where you will be able to fulfill the BPE requirements.
  • Business Practicum Course (see also: Internships): starting your spring semester of sophomore year, you can apply to take our MULT-UB 71 course entitled "Business Practicum".  This course allows you to earn credit for an internship.  If you are an international student, please be sure to check with our Office of Global Services regarding work authorizations before applying.
  • Code of Conduct: NYU Stern Code of Conduct for the NYU Stern Community at large At NYU Stern, we seek to engage our students, faculty and alumni as lifelong partners in the process of learning, debate and discovery. Academic and personal integrity are central to this mission. As members of our community we commit to upholding these values.  
  • Cohort: a group of 50-60 students that you will be together with for all four years at Stern.  Each cohort is assigned a name after the various neighborhoods of NYC. The Stern Student Council often holds extra-curricular activities that are based upon Cohort particiation.
  • Cohort Leadership Program (CLP): the purpose of CLP (Introduction to Markets, Professionalism, Analysis, Community, and Teamwork or IMPACT), is to facilitate community building among Stern freshmen. IMPACT achieves its mission by cultivating an educationally stimulating environment of curricular and co-curricular experiences. IMPACT’s dynamic platform exposes students to Stern Undergraduate College’s values: Explore, Collaborate, and Engage. Freshmen explore some of the central tenets of business through academic theory, collaborate to develop a real-world strategy based on social impact, and engage in the implementation and launch of their strategy.
  • Common Hour: Stern's "lunch hour" that lasts from 12:30-1:45pm. Many student clubs and information sessions occur during this period, with clubs typically selecting one day each week to meet during this time.
  • Concentration: students in the Business Program will earn a major in business, but concentrations allow students to delve in deeper in a variety of areas.  Please note that students can apply for up to three designations (2 concentrations + 1 minor; 1 concentration + 2 minors; 1 concentration + 1 major [via CAS])
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT): CPT allows students on an F-1 visa to accept paid, off-campus employment that is an integral part of the curriculum of your degree program. This employment must be directly related to your program of study.
  • Curriculum Worksheet: helps students plan out their classes/course selections to follow a path towards graduation
  • Dean's Leadership Roundtable: provides Stern undergraduate students with an opportunity to engage with distinguished leaders from a broad range of industries, from social impact to finance to marketing. The luncheon is held in an intimate setting where a distinguished industry leader is able to share life and career advice with a small group of students.
  • Dean's List: a list of matriculated Stern students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.7 or more in a program of study of at least 28 graded units over an academic year. The Dean’s List is compiled at the end of each academic year (May).
  • Electives: students are encouraged, and in many cases, required to take courses outside of Stern at the other schools at NYU.  You are required to take 44 units of electives. Of those units, at least 20 must be taken outside of Stern.  The remaining 24 units of elective credit can be taken at Stern (a secondary concentration, interesting electives, etc.) or can also be used to take coursework at other NYU schools.
  • Experiential Learning Seminars: Practitioner and Experiential Seminars provide students with a connection to the business and not-for-profit world in a classroom setting.Executive Practitioner and Experiential Learning Seminars offer eligible students the opportunity to:
    • Have meaningful collaborations with practitioners and organizations in the field
    • Learn first-hand from leading practitioners, entrepreneurs, and top faculty in their fields
    • Apply the skills acquired in the classroom to real-world problems
      • Experiential Learning Seminars:
        • Marketing Social Initiatives in Developing Countries (MULT-UB 101)
        • Fashion Industry: Creativity and Business (MULT-UB 104)
        • Emerging Technologies in the Energy Industry (MULT-UB 105) 
      • Executive Practitioner Seminars:
        • The Dynamics of the Fashion Industry (MULT-UB 151)
        • Financial Reporting: Practical Insights (MULT-UB 152)
  • Faculty Adviser: Faculty advisers are available to provide you with supplementary guidance in academic and professional pursuits. If you have a question regarding a specific area of interest, make an appointment to meet with a departmental faculty adviser or stop by during their office hours.  

  • Gould Standard: NYU Stern's professional student-run newspaper.
  • Grading Guidelines: at NYU Stern, we strive to create courses that challenge students intellectually and that meet the Stern standards of academic excellence. To ensure fairness and clarity of grading, the Stern faculty have adopted a grading guideline for core courses.
  • Holds: be sure to check for any holds each semester before registration (such as past account balances or academic advising holds) by signing in to Albert Student Center. Some holds may block you from registration. Click "Details" in the "Holds" section to see contact and resolution information.
  • Honors Program: invites an elite group of seniors to become intimately involved in graduate-level research. The program pairs students with research-oriented faculty members who partner with and advise program participants throughout their year-long development of a thesis. Additionally, students take part in an honors seminar (3-units each semester of their senior year) with other program participants and have the opportunity to take graduate-level courses in areas of interest.
  • Independent Study: independent study courses are intended to allow students to study material not included in courses at Stern, as a complement to carefully designed programs of study. Independent studies projects should only be sponsored by full-time faculty and are only for Stern juniors and seniors with departmental approval. Students must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA to be eligible for independent study.
  • Industry Introduction Series (IIS): provides freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with critical resources for professional development. The IIS is a 9-week, fall semester workshop series that will inform students’ internship and career exploration. Each week, students will have the opportunity to learn about a different industry from Stern faculty, companies, and alumni.
  • International Business Exchange Program (IBEX): as a Junior or Senior in NYU Stern's IBEX (International Business Exchange) Program, you will have the chance to discover the intellectual, cultural and social life of another country and university by directly enrolling in a top business school abroad. Through partnerships around the world, IBEX allows you to continue focusing on your business education while experiencing all the benefits of international study.  
  • International Studies Program (ISP): is a strategy-based course, taken during spring of your Junior year, which will teach you how to understand the competitive positioning of a company in its industry, country and international context. The course includes a one-week visit to a country in either Asia, Europe, or Latin America to experience the culture first-hand and meet with the executives of a major corporation based in that country. A final project is prepared analyzing the competitive positioning of the target company in its global marketplace.
  • Internships: see Business Practicum
  • Inter-Club Council (ICC): is the governing body of the member clubs and is overseen by the Undergraduate Office of Student Engagement (OSE). ICC is charged with creating cohesion between the clubs, marketing events to the Stern community, and planning large-scale events that further promote the club system. The ICC connects students to the Stern community and enables students to develop networking, team building, and leadership skills
  • January Term (J-Term): January Term allows students more flexibility and new scheduling options. Students have the opportunity to earn major/minor credit or explore a new interest. During this time, students can take advantage of intensive study at one of the foremost research and teaching universities in the United States as well as have a chance to enjoy New York City during a bustling and exciting time of year.
  • Judiciary Committee: a group of students, faculty and administrators that represents the entire NYU Stern community and serves as a resource to educate students about Stern’s Code of Conduct. In the event of a suspected infraction, the committee initiates an investigation, holds a hearing, and recommends sanctions if necessary.
  • KMEC/KMC: one of three buildings that comprise NYU Stern's complex. Official name and address: Henry Kaufman Management Center (44 West 4th Street)
  • Leave of Absence: leaves of absence are approved for medical, obligated military, or personal reasons. Students may, in advance, request a leave of absence from the Stern Undergraduate College for a period of up to two semesters in their career. The typical period for a leave is one semester, but students may request a second semester as well. To request a leave of absence, students must meet with their academic adviser. This meeting is necessary to discuss not only the reason for the leave but also the ensuing ramifications and possible alternatives to taking a leave. Once approved, a Leave of Absence Form must be filed, and students must complete the NYU Semester Withdrawal Form.
  • Lower Concourse (LC): refers to the lowest floor located in Tisch Hall.  The LC is located two floors below the building's lobby.
  • Math Placement Exams: all Stern students are required to take at least Calculus I or equivalent.  Placement exams can be taken to determine proper placement into a math course in the absence of eligible test scores.  

  • Next Stop NYU: your one-stop-shop to prepare for on-boarding as a student at NYU.  You'll be able to find important deadlines, links and resources through this page to help you get ready for NYU.
  • NYU Classes: NYU's learning management system enables faculty to use web-based collaborative and assessment technologies to enhance the teaching and learning experience. Participants may access course materials, collaborate with others, engage with interactive assessments and assignments, and track their progress in a course gradebook. Students can access NYU Classes via the Course Sites channel within the NYUHome Academics tab.
  • Office of Global Services (OGS): the Office of Global Services seeks to further the aims of the Global Network University through excellence in advising, designing and maintaining specialized administrative processes and procedures, ensuring federal compliance related to the immigration statuses and mobility needs of our academic community worldwide, developing appropriate technical and cultural programs, and advocating effectively for the needs of the NYU international community.
  • Office of Student Engagement (OSE): facilitates students’ exploration, collaboration, and engagement through leadership, social, and career development experiences that cultivate and strengthen Stern’s local and global communities. Our approach to student engagement integrates co-curricular and extracurricular activities that build community between students, faculty, alumni, and employers while developing leaders who are able to create value for business and society.
  • On-Campus Recruiting (OCR): one of the many ways for NYU juniors, seniors, and graduate students to discover job and internship opportunities. Through OCR, employers come to the Wasserman Center to interview students. In addition to participating in OCR, we recommend that you also attend our seminars, apply for positions via NYU CareerNet, attend career fairs, and meet with a career coach to help identify opportunities that are right for you.
  • Opportunity Finance Program (OFP): professionals utilize quantitative, analytic, business, and technical skills to generate a tremendous social impact in underserved communities. Through OFP, learn more about this $40 billion industry, its impact on communities, and paid summer internship opportunities at tri-state community development financial institutions (CDFIs) only available to NYU Stern students!  Applications are available each February for summer opportunities.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT): temporary employment that is directly related to your major field of study. If you want to work off-campus as an F-1 student, one way to do so is to be approved for OPT. And remember, once you are authorized to work, you must first have a Social Security number in order to be paid. Learn more about how to apply for a Social Security number. You cannot begin work on OPT until you receive your approval in the form of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and it is within the dates listed on your EAD.
  • OrgSync: an online tool to list calendars, schedule events, track membership, and communicate to members. Through OrgSync, students can log in and browse clubs and organizations categorically or by events. OrgSync is your way to connect to organizations, communicate with other members, and vote in the student government elections!
  • Orientation Leader (OL): the first week at NYU consists of a week-long orientation program for freshmen and transfer students in August. During this orientation new students will learn more about the resources and activities available to you as a Stern student, meet the rest of the 60-65 person cohort and participate in community building events.  Orientation Leaders (OL) are role models and a source of support and information for first-year and transfer students.
  • Pass/Fail: designed to encourage students to explore new and potentially challenging courses throughout the University, Stern students are permitted to declare a maximum of four courses in the elective category pass/fail during their undergraduate career (limited to one elective per semester). A pass/fail grade cannot be taken in any required course, or courses used to satisfy general education or business studies requirements. 
  • Plagiarism: students are required to submit their own work. Ideas, data, direct quotations, paraphrasing, or any other incorporation of the work of others must be clearly referenced. To do otherwise constitutes plagiarism. Students suspected of any form of plagiarism will be subject to disciplinary action. Examples of plagiarism include the following:
    • The use of other persons or services to prepare written work that is submitted as a student's own.
    • The use of previously or concurrently submitted papers or segments thereof written by other students or by the student himself or herself.
    • Submission of the same or very similar papers in different sections of multiple-section courses by collaborating students.
  • Professional Development Series (PDS): introduces freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to the essential personal and professional skills that are necessary to compete for internships and full-time jobs. In each session, a distinguished industry professional discusses the relevant topic, shares personal stories and advice, and answers students’ questions.
  • Quick Visits: Stern UC Advising holds Quick Visit Advising for any quick questions that don't warrant a 30-minute appointment. Quick Visits are held Monday through Friday form 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm  **Quick Visit schedules may change for holidays, the first week of classes each semester, Welcome Week/Orientation and in the weeks leading up to and including Registration.**
  • Recitation: a presentation by a teaching assistant (TA) or instructor that supplements the course lecture. In recitations that supplement lectures, the instructor will often review the lecture, expand on the concepts, and carry on a discussion with the students.
  • Registrar, Office of the: The Office of the Registrar supports teaching and learning at New York University by maintaining the integrity of academic policies and the student information system. Registrar handles New York University's student records from application to degree conferral in perpetuity.
  • Registration: period during which students can enroll for classes in the following semester.  The general calendar of registration is as follows:
    • Fall: mid-April
    • Winter: mid-October
    • Spring: mid-November
    • Summer: late January
    • Incoming Freshmen: early June
  • Shopping Cart: when in enrolling in classes through the Student Center in Albert, click on the "Enroll" link on the left-hand side of the page and select classes to enter into your shopping cart. Be sure to use the search function on the right hand side of the course guide in order to narrow your search by subject, session, or by open/closed status. Once your selected courses are in your shopping cart, confirm classes by clicking "Finish Enrolling."
  • Social Impact: at Stern, we encourage you to think critically about the role of organizations in society and your influence as a prospective leader. Through a balance of curricular and co-curricular offerings, Stern develops socially responsible individuals who:
    • Think critically about how business affects society
    • Apply classroom lessons to make a real world impact
    • Are prepared to tackle the economic and social challenges of this century as future world business leaders
  • Social Impact Volunteers (SIV): SIV Ghana is part of the Stern International Volunteers Program, an important component of NYU Stern’s Social Impact co-curricular programming. SIV Ghana offers freshmen, sophomores and juniors the opportunity to travel to Accra for 10 days in the spring to serve the needs of the local community. Through this program students gain a heightened inter-cultural awareness while deepening their commitment to community service.
  • Stern Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR): this program connects students with world-renowned Stern faculty, providing a unique research opportunity outside of the classroom. The experience sharpens students’ analytical skills as well as helps them in their future studies and careers. Besides being exposed to cutting edge research and working with individual faculty members, SPUR allows students to explore potential career pathways in academia and gain an advantage when applying for graduate studies.
  • Street Team: the NYU Stern Undergraduate College Street Team is here to help prospective, admitted, and current students and families at NYU Open House, NYU Parents Day, NYU Weekend on the Square, and NYU Welcome Days, and connect with prospective and admitted students through social media.
  • Student Council (StuCo): the Stern Student Council is the governing organization of the undergraduate student body and the source of various school-wide programming aimed at enhancing the student experience and school spirit. 
  • Student Health Center: students can apply for health insurance, receive medical care, obtain information about wellness workshops and programs, and receive advice on general nutrition and exercise.  
  • Student Resource Center (SRC): the SRC assists students in navigating the sometimes complex NYU organizational landscape and provides connections to appropriate campus resources.
  • Study Away: As a Stern student you have two opportunities to study away for a semester - through NYU Study Away or Stern’s International Business Exchange Program (IBEX).  You can study away in your Sophomore, Junior or even Senior year, depending on the program. NYU Global Programs fit in best during Sophomore year (spring) or Junior year (fall); IBEX is open to Juniors (fall, spring) and Seniors (fall only). Explore each program to learn about the many locations and courses that are available. Meet with an Academic Adviser as early as possible to start planning your adventure.
  • Swap or Edit/Swap: During course registration, the SWAP function allows you to swap enrolled classes with classes in your shopping cart in order to avoid losing your position.  
  • Teaching Assistant (TA)/Teaching Fellow (TF): TA/TFs assist professors with class preparation, office hours, and grading. Other specific responsibilities are at the discretion of the professor.
  • Tracks: provides you with a roadmap of coursework that will help you develop both intellectually and professionally in areas of interest that cross traditional disciplines. Tracks are designed to be multidisciplinary, in-depth, and supplemental to students' business concentration(s). Completion of a track will not be noted on a student's transcript. A track consists of a set of approximately eight courses and includes a progression of three types of courses:
    • Prerequisite courses
    • Essential courses
    • Advanced electives
  • Transcripts (Official/Unofficial): 
  • Tutoring: Educational resources are available for both Stern and non-Stern courses:​
    1. Academic Resource Center (ARC) → Stern and non-Stern courses
    2. University Learning Center (ULC) → Stern and non-Stern courses
    3. Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) tutoring for Stern courses

  • University Learning Center (ULC): the University Learning Center's mission is to assist students in developing the knowledge base, skills, and strategies that will help them to become confident, independent, and active learners. Its various academic support services are intended to help students meet the challenge of NYU's rigorous academic standards.
  • Upper Concourse (UC): refers to the floor located right below Tisch Hall lobby. 

  • Waitlist: unfortunately we cannot guarantee a spot in any course for any student.  When enrolling for courses, students can select to be placed on the Waitlist if the section is already full.  
  • Wasserman Center for Career Development: is open to all New York University undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and alumni.*  Here, students can prepare for the job search, find a job/ internship, check out career fairs, programs, and workshops.  
  • Welcome Week: 'Welcome Week' programs occur at the start of both the Fall and Spring semesters and are intended for new first year and transfer students, as well as students visiting NYU Washington Square. Overall, the week boasts over 500 programs that cover a multitude of topics from getting involved and learning about NYU, to staying safe and navigating public transportation. And of course... you won't want to miss the awesome Marquee Events! The NYU Fall Welcome Week 2017 schedule is now available online.