For SPS Students

While COVID-19 has affected the ways in which we live, study, and work, rest assured that we are committed to providing you with an outstanding academic experience and myriad opportunities to grow personally and professionally. The resources below will enhance your learning and provide the guidance you need to make the most of your time at NYU SPS.

SPS Student Life

SPS Student Life

Student life is a signature part of the SPS experience. Programming during the 2020-2021 academic year will be as engaging and fun as ever, but will be conducted in the safety of an online environment. You’ll be able to:

  • Participate in a wealth of social and professional events
  • Get involved in student organizations
  • Take part in community service opportunities
  • Take advantage of workshops to hone time management and presentation skills
New Students

New Students

For those students who are joining us for the first time, take a look at all of the ways you can engage with your fellow students, faculty members, and advisers during our SPS Welcome 2020. Be sure to participate in our orientation programs to learn more about all that NYU and SPS have to offer.

Wasserman @ SPS

Wasserman @ SPS

Regardless of how and where in the world you are studying, the NYUSPS Wasserman Center offers digital and specialized support for SPS students and alumni to maintain career wellness in the wake of COVID-19.

Fall 2020 Course Modalities

Spring 2021 Course Modalities

Courses at SPS are designed by faculty to engage students as partners in the educational process. A range of instructional strategies, exploratory activities, and assessments are used to support your learning. The table below highlights key features of three course modalities you will encounter at NYU SPS this spring. To learn more about your specific courses, please contact your academic adviser or the course instructor.

Modalities Chart

In-person classes:
 Instruction is in-person. Students unable to attend class in-person for excused absences (e.g., travel restriction, mandatory quarantine) may attend some or all sessions remotely.

Online classes: All of the instruction is remote, whether the course meets at a designated time (synchronous), is self-paced (asynchronous), or a combination of both. Though wholly online, these courses will retain their usual enrollment size and students will have opportunities for regular engagement with the professor.

Blended classes: A mix of in-person and remote. In most cases, blended courses will be assigned a classroom, but due to COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines and adjusted room capacities, not all students will be able to attend every class session in person. For example, you may enroll in a class with 24 students but your assigned classroom might fit only 12. In this scenario, your instructor might assign you to either group A or group B (12 in each group for a 1/2 split) or to group A, B, or C (8 in each group for a 1/3 split). In all cases, your instructor will tell you which class sessions to attend in-person and which to attend remotely. Students unable to attend class in-person for excused absences (e.g., travel restriction, mandatory quarantine) may attend some or all sessions remotely.

Preparing for Remote Instruction

Preparing for Remote Learning

The SPS Center for Academic Excellence and Support (CAES) has developed a Remote Learning Guide for students. Familiarize yourself with the essentials of this modality to ensure that you have the most enlightening and rewarding learning experience.

Bobst Library Resources

Bobst Library Resources

The NYU Elmer Holmes Bobst Library is the flagship of a 10-library system that provides students and faculty members with access to the world’s scholarship and serves at the center of the University community’s intellectual life.

Explore a suite of Bobst Library virtual tools and resources to support your work.