The residential college allows students to experience the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small community while still enjoying the exciting cultural and scholarly resources of a large university and global city; the result is a striking level of spirit, allegiance, and powerful sense of community at NYU.
The Residential College is comprised of two buildings but is unified as one community. Once Goddard residents finish their first year in the Residential College, they may elect to join a group moving to Broome, where they have the option of remaining affiliated with the Residential College for all four years (and beyond, as alumni).
The Residential College Advantage
- Small & Connected Community - These smaller communities offer students a familiar, comfortable living environment.
- Socially & Intellectually Engaging - The range of activities and events that take place in Broome & Goddard are as varied and as fascinating as the students who inhabit the community.
- Leadership Development - A Hallmark of the Residential College is the opportunity for its residents to actively help guide and shape the community they inhabit. Formal leadership positions abound within the different student organizations.
- Pride & Allegiance - The Residential Colleges foster spirit, connection, and allegiance, evident from our opening convocation each fall to our closing 'Commencement' event at each academic year's end.
Goddard Hall - Freshmen
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.
All the World's a Stage - Although New York City is the theater capital of the world, our minds often conjure up big-budget Broadway musicals when we think about New York's theater offerings. The goal of ATWAS is to turn students into theater omnivores – adventurous audience members willing to see, understand and enjoy a range of performances. that could include: 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 might even throw in some sports! 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.
Creating New York - Ever iconic and vibrant, New York City and its diverse denizens have always embraced creativity and invention. From graffiti artists to filmmakers to fashion designers, New York is a home to artists and makers of all kinds, and is itself an engine of creativity. This city houses some of the most significant works of art in the world, and its communities have given rise to worldwide creative movements. This stream will explore the creative world of New York through the city's legendary theater and art venues (Broadway! The Met! MoMA!), while also also seeking out the creative communities that lie off the beaten path, at local jazz clubs, poetry slams, and artisanal markets. We will also meet with and learn from members of New York's many creative communities, and host guest creators ranging from game designers, to food stylists, to musicians and poets. We will, of course, pursue some creative endeavors of our own through activities like painting classes, knitting circles, and photography tutorials, as we draw our own inspiration from the city.
Global New York - New York City has long been been called a "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 has the cultural imprint of a rich immigrant history, and Global NY stream members will regularly explore the city and its offerings through an inter-national lens. From tours of Ellis Island and the United Nations, to indulging in authentic or new fusion cuisine, to experiencing film, theater, and 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. Along the way we will explore--and become advocates for--Global Citizenship, an idea that humans across nations, religions, and ideologies share a human bond and responsibility for each other that transcends our differences.
Poverty and Affluence - “Poverty is not a certain small amount of goods, nor is it just a relation between means and ends; above all it is a relation between people. Poverty is a social status.” Marshall Sahlins.
The United States of America has one of the most unequal national distributions of wealth in the world, and Manhattan has the highest degree of wealth inequality in this country. So, the juxtaposition of extreme wealth and extreme poverty is going to be such a defining feature of your life in New York that it might start to seem like a normal state of affairs. Students who join the Poverty and Affluence Stream choose not to normalize this strange situation, but rather to examine it more closely. Through service-learning, participation in cultural events, and compelling conversations with professionals, activists, and each other, you will create opportunities to learn and educate. We'll think about how the distribution of resources is determined not only by the dynamics of the free market, but by the gendered and racialized status structures we inherit from patriarchal cultures and from a national history of white-supremacism. We'll think about the immediate material consequences of economic inequality on poorer New Yorkers and its longer term impact on the social cohesion, peace, and health of the entire community. Above all, you'll think about how things could be changed.
Science Matters Stream - Science matters. Science provides us with a means of understanding ourselves and the world in which we live. It allows us to peer at the most distant galaxies and to study molecular changes within our cells. It provides powerful tools to cure disease and harvest new sources of energy. Yet it also raises ethical questions about the appropriate use of the knowledge that we gain. This stream is open to any students who are interested in science and the questions it raises. We welcome not only science majors and pre-medical students, but anyone who is curious about life and the cosmos. This stream will visit important scientific institutions in NYC ranging from the American Museum of Natural History to the New York Academy of Sciences in addition to exploring how science and scientists are represented in art and media.
(Social) Justice League Stream - “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Social Justice League Stream endeavors to make visible and to become vocal about those things that matter and too often go undiscussed. We examine the distribution of resources, power and privilege, and work to strengthen our vision and voices so that we can build capacity to challenge the inequities we encounter. Our explorations take us into the city — on field trips to talks, plays, films, exhibits, rallies, and organizations. And our community becomes a real anchorage point at home in the ResCollege, as we gather for leadership suppers and service commitments, documentary nights and hot choc talks. Exactly what we explore is up to you, but it’s sure to take on questions of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, spirituality, socioeconomic class, ethnicity, national origin, and their intersections. The Social Justice League is for people who value engaged, inspired conversation and want to be a part of purposeful action.
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. The Residential College at Goddard is organized around the vital theme of citizen engagement--think volunteering, social entrepreneurship, civic spirit, and the like.
Our 200 residents (we're the smallest first-year residence hall) affiliate with one of six themed streams. 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.
Broome Street - Upperclass
Community Engagement - Are you ready to get engaged this year? NYU calls itself “a private university in the public service.” In this stream, we take that motto to heart! Through public outreach and service activities that range from voter drives to home building to greenway stewardship, we work in partnership with the diverse and overlapping communities that make up New York City. Our home is Broome; our focus is the city.
Foodie - Eating is only a tiny part of this scrumptious stream. From obesity to malnutrition, food deserts to cornucopias, haute cuisine to farmer’s markets, we will explore the role food serves in culture and society. Stream events may include volunteering at sustainable farm operations, shopping at local farmer’s markets to create meals, lessons in sushi-making and cookie decorating, and so much more.
Performance - This stream, as a continuation of Goddard’s wildly popular “All the World’s A Stage,” will immerse students in the many forms of performance available in New York City. Stream events may include trips to the Bowery Poetry Club, audition workshops, and attending live performances both on and off the NYU campus.
Sounds - Listen, do you hear that? What does NYC sound like? Let’s push the boundaries of what the concept of “sound” actually means. Together --through mediums like theatre, dance, art, film, and music – we will redefine our audio-urban experience in a city like no other.
Laboratory - Have you ever wondered why something works the way it does? Or maybe you’re just interested in learning about the next BIG thing? Explore the science of New York and map this living laboratory through a lens you could never have imagined. From tours to Google to museums this stream will immerse you in the scientific wonderland that is New York City.
Global Affairs - Are you a CNN junkie? Or maybe NPR, Fox, or MSNBC is more your flair. Then this is the stream for you. We will reframe the geopolitical landscape that impacts our daily lives and the generations to come. From engaging political debates to conversations about global political movements and currents that are unfolding before our eyes. In the ever-changing world we live in this stream will be a wild ride that can change in literally the blink of an eye.
Urban Adventure - Students in this stream are signing up for a year of urban adventuring! Most of our quests will take us to the outer boroughs of NYC and the hidden gems few students see. Learn to fly the trapeze, walk the length of Manhattan, and prepare to step outside your boundaries to experience New York like you never have before.
Broome Street is the Residential College for upperclass students, located in the heart of Soho. The Residential College at Broome Street has two principal aims: 1) To bring residents into closer intellectual and social contact with one another and with faculty and 2) To bring residents into a more intimate relationship with the surrounding city – including neighborhood communities, cultural institutions, and historic traditions.
In addition to leading occasional outings for cultural events in the city at large, the Faculty Fellows in Residence will have a regular round of programs in the building to help facilitate relationships among residents. Each resident will also be assigned to a specific programming “stream” according to their expressed interests which will serve as a home base for participation in the community.