New York University - College of Dentistry
Home The College Research Academic Programs Library/Resources Continuing Education Community Outreach International Programs
Click to View Virtual Tour

Publications > Academic Bulletin > General Information > Student Activities

Student Activities

Jerome S. Coles Sports and Recreation Center
The Jerome S. Coles Sports and Recreation Center fills the recreational needs of the University’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The facilities accommodate a wide range of individual and group recreational activities, in addition to serving as home for the New York University intercollegiate teams. The center’s operating schedule provides every member of the University community with an opportunity to participate in a series of programs, recreational courses, free play, intramural activities, and varsity or club teams.

As a result of multipurpose area functions and scheduling, a wide range of activities at varying skill levels is available to all facility users. The Jerome S. Coles Sports and Recreation Center provides the following facilities:

  • A room with a 1/6-mile, three-lane running track, plus a playing surface that accommodates six tennis courts.
  • A natatorium with an NCAA regulations-size swimming pool and diving tank.
  • Six squash courts and five handball/racquetball courts.
  • A large, modern weight-training room and two annexes containing Life Strength and Hammer Strength machines, plus free weights, StairMasters, VersaClimbers, Lifesteps, rowing machines, and abductor/adductor machines.
  • Individual rooms for wrestling/martial arts, fencing, physical fitness/calisthenics, dance, and exercise prescription instruction.
  • Over 1,000 square feet of textured rock wall: Coles Rocks.

The Coles Sports and Recreation Center is located at 181 Mercer Street (between Bleecker and West Houston Streets). The center covers 142,000 square feet and has four levels (roof, lobby, natatorium, and field house). Five hundred people can use the facility at one time, 1,900 spectators can be seated in the field house bleachers, and 230 can be seated in the natatorium bleachers. The center is barrier-free to facilitate access for those with disabilities.

Lockers and recreational equipment are available to members. Reservations are necessary for squash, handball, racquetball, and tennis courts. Tickets for home intercollegiate events that require an admission fee can be secured at the center. The Coles Pro-Shop (Level N) sells attire and equipment commonly needed by center members.

Use of the center is available to all students who are registered for credit-bearing courses and who hold currently valid ID cards. Students who are maintaining matriculation must pay an additional $60 per term ($45 for summer) for the use of Coles. Other members of the University community may obtain access to the center by purchasing a membership. Rules and procedures pertinent to use of the center and its programs are published annually and are available at the Membership Office.

Student Organizations
The Student Council of the College of Dentistry is the official student organization to which all students belong, upon payment of dues. The council supports beneficial and informative student activities, develops social relationships characteristic of a professional group, and ensures student-faculty relations that provide for full understanding and mutual cooperation. Council officers and representatives are elected by the student body annually.

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is the first nationwide organization expressly for dental students. It works actively for the improvement of dental education, health care delivery, and the dental profession. The ASDA maintains standing committees in the areas of education, hospital, insurance, international relations, legislation, minority affairs, national board examinations, practice management, public health, research, publications, and marketing. NYU College of Dentistry is a charter member of this association. The ASDA provides its members with life insurance and group plans in health and automobile insurance, as well as several publications.

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), formerly the American Association of Dental Schools, provides a unique opportunity for deans, faculty, and students from all United States dental schools to discuss common problems and examine possible solutions. The College of Dentistry sends student representatives to the national and regional meetings of the ADEA Council of Students each year.

The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) is a voluntary association founded in 1972 with active membership available to all undergraduate dental students. The objectives are to promote an increase in minority enrollment in all dental schools; to improve dental health care delivery to disadvantaged people; to assist those programs within the greater community that require some measure of dental expertise; to educate and involve its members in the social, moral, and ethical obligations of the profession of dentistry; and to contribute to the welfare of dental students. In 1978 a chapter was instituted at the College of Dentistry. The active members of SNDA elect a representative who attends the annual convention where officers are elected to the national organization.

American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Inaugurated in early 1983, the NYU Student Chapter of the AADR is one of a growing number of components of the national organization. The purpose of the student chapter is to encourage dental students, including postgraduate students, to engage in dental research and to consider careers in oral health research.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is a national organization of dentists who have an interest in children's dentistry. Membership entitles the student to a bimonthly publication and also to participation in the NYU student chapter, which sponsors guest lectures on a variety of subjects.

Fraternities. Two fraternities, Alpha Omega and Psi Omega, offer friendship and assistance to their members.

Student Participation in College Governance. The student body is represented on many committees of the College, including the Curriculum Committee and the Council on Ethics and Professionalism.

Dental Violet is the student yearbook of the College of Dentistry and is published annually by a managing board and staff of dental students.

New York University College of Dentistry Student Handbook is available on-line at It provides information on every aspect of student life and is intended to be a useful resource throughout the student's years at the College.

"Nexus" is the multiple award-winning magazine of the NYU College of Dentistry, and brings together stakeholders in every field of dentistry and beyond to provide a forum for discussion that transcends national boundaries. Global Health Nexus is published twice annually and distributed to NYUCD alumni and friends around the world, U.S. and international dental schools, dental associations, and dental research organizations, public officials, dental industry leaders, and hospital residency program directors.

Omicron Kappa Upsilon
In 1929 Omega Chapter was established at the College of Dentistry. It is a component of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. The chapter elects to membership up to 12 percent of students from each graduating class who entered in the first year. In addition to ranking high in scholarship, candidates must have demonstrated exemplary traits of character and potential qualities of future professional growth and attainment. The chapter encourages students to excel in their chosen profession. It sponsors seminars for students in special areas of dentistry. It supports research by them and awards prizes for outstanding efforts.

Alumni Relations
The graduates of the College of Dentistry join a group of over 10,000 dentists worldwide. Alumni are encouraged to support the Annual Alumni Fund, the educational programs, and patient care services of the College. The Alumni Association provides opportunities for alumni to sustain both professional and social affiliations with classmates and with alma mater.

The involvement of alumni in University activities is crucial to the health and strength of New York University. Alumni provide important ties between the past and the present and help the University build for the future. The New York University Office for University Development and Alumni Relations works with the dean of each school and college to help serve alumni needs and encourage their involvement and support. Contributing alumni are eligible for many University-wide alumni services and benefits including membership in the Bobst Library and Coles Sports Center, guest accommodations at Club Quarters, and credit card membership. They are also invited to participate in All-University events. For further information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations, New York University, College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street, New York, NY 10010-4086; telephone: 212-998-9927.