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The Residential College at Goddard

Welcome to Goddard!

Goddard Hall is the University's only Residential College for first-year students, located right on Washington Square Park--literally steps away from three different dining halls, Bobst Library, most classrooms, and the Kimmel Student Center.  We probably don't need to add that we're at the crossroads of NYC's liveliest neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, SoHo, the East Village, and the Lower East Side!

The Residential College at Goddard is organized around the vital theme of citizen engagement--think volunteering, social entrepreneurship, civic spirit, and the like.  That commitment manifests itself in dozens of opportunities, from group conversations about big local and national issues (the 'Arab Spring' uprisings, for example) to service-learning trips across NYC and to places as far away as New Orleans, where 35 of us spent spring break on a "green build" volunteer trip in the Katrina-devastated Lower Ninth Ward. 

Our 200 students (we're the smallest first-year residence hall, permitting a closely-knit community) affiliate with one of six themed "streams," which range from social issues like environmentalism or "Poverty & Affluence" to affinity-based streams devoted to "Writing New York" or "All the World's a Stage" (for you budding actors, writers, directors, dancers, and producers).  In each stream, NYU faculty experts organize dozens of events like free Broadway shows, talks by visiting notables, and behind-the-scenes tours of NYC institutions like the UN, Stock Exchange, Metropolitan Opera, and on-line 'zines just now coming into existence.


*All the World's a Stage

This stream is for students who want more than just tourist-trap, commercial musicals.  The goal of ATWAS is to turn students into theater omnivores – adventurous audience members willing to see, understand and enjoy the full variety of performances that exist in the Theater Capital of the world.  We'll see everything: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway; new plays, revivals, adaptations, musicals; operas, modern dances, improvised comedies, filmed performances, performative restaurants, burlesques, competitive poetry slams, drag shows, hipster storytellers, avant-garde art installations; we'll even throw in some sports, probably a roller derby.  Theater, dance or film training isn't required; but a desire to expand your idea of performance – of what it can be, where it can take place, and how it can bleed into your everyday life – is.


*Global New York

New York City has long been referred to as the quintessential "melting pot," an energetic and colorful urban utopia that both celebrates and thrives on multiculturalism. Practically every borough, every neighborhood, and every street in NYC possesses some cultural significance, and Global NY stream members will regularly explore the city and its offerings through an inter-national lens. From guided tours of Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, to indulging in authentic ethnic cuisine, to experiencing film, theater, and live music from around the globe, students will be actively engaged in ongoing cultural dialogues in order to learn more about each other, themselves, and the surrounding world NYC so richly represents.


*Poverty and Affluence

More than six billion humans live on the earth. Perhaps a tenth of this number are affluent and overfed, while nearly half live on a daily income of $2 or less. Such inequities are inextricably linked with, among other things, the societal constructions of race and gender. Through films, workshops, compelling conversations with professionals and community service projects, students will examine dimensions of and responses to inequality, with a special focus on the manifestation of these issues in New York City. The stream will offer a reflective space for students to consider poverty as more than just a problem "out there," as well as an empowering environment for taking action.


*Writing New York

E.B. White claimed in his seminal essay “Here is New York” that there are several ways to know this city. The first is the experience of those who have been born here. The second is the tidal familiarity of the commuter. The third is New York as it is for those who have come from somewhere else looking for something. “Of these three trembling cities,” he writes, “the greatest is the last, the city of final destination, the city that is a goal.” Is there a more exciting, more inspiring place to begin a writing life than New York City?  WNY stream members will travel through and write about this extraordinary location that has inspired hundreds of writers, past and present—as well as meet a sampling of the city’s most interesting writers today. 


(Social) Justice League Stream

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

In an effort to avoid that silence, the (Social) Justice League Stream exists to explore issues of diversity and social justice that lie within the exploration of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, spirituality, socioeconomic class, ethnicity, national origin, and their intersections. (Social) Justice League Stream Members will engage in conversations about various social issues through a series of panels, speakers, and group dialogues. We will also travel through New York City, exploring social identity issues at various theatrical, musical, and artistic exhibitions. To do that, we will partner with various offices around campus including the Center for Multicultural Education and Program, the Center for Spiritual Life, the LGBTQ Student Center, the Office of International Students and Scholars, and the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities. Because a huge part of social justice is equal participation, stream members will also have the opportunity to design and propose programs about issues salient to them throughout the school year.


***Artistic New York: Past, Present, Future

There is no single path through the dynamic world of the arts in New York City. The arts scene of New York is at once historical and contemporary; it is both local and global. This city houses some of the most significant works of art produced across the globe throughout time, while at the same time it has given birth to artistic movements of intensely local origin. This stream will explore the artistic world of New York from all of these dimensions. We will venture into iconic museums – such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Rubin Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art – through the side door to speak with curators about how, and why, they bring arts from around the world to the city, and we will attend contemporary reformulations of historical theatre. We will also explore rich local artistic resources, even just around the corner from Goddard with a visit to the Fales Library “Downtown Collection,” which documents the downtown arts scene that evolved in SoHo and the Lower East Side during the 1970s through the early 1990s. We will attend events that continue to define New York as a center for the arts, including the Brooklyn Book Fair and the Whitney Biennial Show, and we will hear from writers who choose this city as the only home for their craft.

*** Note that this stream will be attached to a Goddard Liberal Studies course. You do NOT have to be in LS to be a part of this stream, but LS students who are placed in Goddard may be administratively per-registered for this special Goddard-specific Course 1 (Fall Semester) and 2 (Spring Semester).

**Attached to a Goddard Liberal Studies Writing Course, but you do not have to be an Liberal Studies student to be in this stream.

*These Streams are attached to a “Writing the Essay” Course but you do not necessarily have to be enrolled in the course to be a participant in the stream.




The following streams are affiliated with a theme-based Writing the Essay course.

  • All the World's a Stage
  • Global New York
  • Poverty and Affluence
  • Writing New York
The following stream is attached to a LS Writing Course
  • Artistic New York

“Writing the Essay” is a course that is required of most First-year students at NYU. Additionally, students in the Liberal Studies program are required to take a specific writing course as part of their curriculum. The sections of these courses taught as part of the Goddard Residential College experience are uniquely integrated with stream programming experiences.  

Advantages for Goddard students who take one of these courses is that these sections are taught in Goddard (our own classroom is conveniently located on the second floor) by the same Stream Faculty Affiliate – you really get to know your instructor well.  Taking the class with fellow Goddard residents (and stream-mates) leads to very rich in-class discussions!      


Experience confirms that students enrolled in these Goddard sections are more connected with their faculty members and are very satisfied with their required writing course experience.    


The streams listed above are connected to one of these courses. (Because of space limitations, not all stream members will be in the attached Goddard-specific writing course, though they'll be able to participate fully in stream activities.)  We will notify your academic advisors and academic school of your enrollment prior to your registration/academic orientation.


The community at Goddard is one of the most socially engaging on campus.   From hosting its own week-long series of programs during Welcome Week to karaoke nights, pizza parties, park picnics, museum and ice skating trips, and visits to famous NYC landmarks (Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, etc.) during the year, there’s always something fun going on in Goddard.  We’re also a force to be reckoned with at various friendly hall-wide competitions that take place throughout the year.  We may be the smallest hall by numbers, but we’re the biggest when it comes to pride and energy; we’re regular winners at these events!  Only in Goddard will you regularly find students hanging out in the hallways, laughing and discussing everything imaginable.  Goddard is NYU’s most connected community for first-year students. 

Along with our terrific Residence Hall Director, Taris Mullins, Residence Hall Assistant Director Justin Lerner, and six amazing Resident Assistants, Goddard’s “Faculty-Fellow-in-Residence” Carley Moore is a visible and active member of the Goddard Res College community.  Other recent Fellows include renowned playwright Tony Kushner, Citigroup CEO Richard Parsons, esteemed linguist/political philosopher Noam Chomsky, and the Sundance Green Channel creator Simran Sethi.

If you are already an NYU student (or transferring from another institution) and are interested in joining the Residential College, check out more information on the Upperclass Residential College community at Broome Street.

Goddard in Pictures

In short, there's a whole host of reasons to check out the Goddard Residential College as your first-year NYU home.  Goddard is large enough to provide residents a fascinatingly diverse community, but small enough that the staff and Faculty know students by name (and more) and every resident knows they’re an important part of a strong community. 

With our intimate size, unsurpassed location, amazing Faculty & Staff, and unique, NYC-integrated programming, we can guarantee that participating in the Residential College at Goddard will provide first-year students a terrific home to establish a solid footing for a successful NYU student career. 

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How do I apply for the Residential College at Goddard?

Incoming students may access the Residential College application through the NYU Housing application (available through NYUHome: Housing Forms).

When will I find out if I was placed in the Residential College at Goddard?

You will receive an e-mail with your Residential College community placement information in mid-June. You will receive your room assignment in early August. If you are placed in a stream that is affiliated with Writing the Essay, you will be informed prior to your summer orientation, as it will affect your class registration.

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