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 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 academic record system.  Here you can register for classes, apply for studying away, check your degree progress 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 3.667 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.