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The Comm*Unity First Year Service Learning Experience is designed to bring together service-minded incoming freshman commuters to participate in community service projects. The program provides an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills, strong friendships, and share rewarding experiences while engaging in uplifting community service.

Participants will create a series of service projects throughout the fall and spring semester and attend an Alternative Break over spring break. An Alternative Break is a trip where a group of students participate in a week of volunteer service during Spring Break.

The Comm*Unity experience supports students by connecting them with an NYU faculty member and 2 student advisors (one undergraduate student, one graduate students) to help create the community service projects.


The Pathways program is part of an effort to provide opportunities for new incoming (both transfer and first-year) commuter students to engage in experiential learning outside the classroom.

The program has themed learning communities that allow you to discover different topics with an NYU Faculty Member and either a Commuter Assistant or Transfer Ambassador as your guide. The program combines formal teaching, informal learning, creative activities, and personal support to bring students together to build a shared community while delving into all that New York City has to offer.

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Within the Internationally Known learning community, students will visit various New York City neighborhoods that have a significant immigrant cultural identity. During the year, students will visit distinct cultural enclaves in NYC with their Faculty Affiliate and Commuter Assistant as their guide. This program will afford an enhanced learning experience on the subject of immigration, New York City, and it’s relation to the past, present and future of New York City.

Within the Street SmARTS learning community, students will immerse themselves within the various art and literature outlets throughout New York City.  In a place that offers a rich grasp on all forms of the arts, being a part of this group will offer the ability to explore the whole range of options available.  Students will go on outings with their Faculty Affiliate and Commuter Assistant to various museums, plays, galas, literary panels, and events with notable guest speakers.  Students will unearth another side of the city as this program will provide an experience to feel and see the various artistic flows and strokes that NYC holds.

The Boroughs and Beyond learning community will allow for students to discover the rich cultural aspects of New York City through the lens of a broad range of arts. With both a Faculty Affiliate and Transfer Ambassador as their guide, students will travel to various neighborhoods within the five boroughs to explore how the arts (film, theatre, literature, culinary arts and other mediums) has shaped and developed the storied history of New York City and it’s residents.


Faculty In & Of the City provides the opportunity to share the excitement of learning in an environment that combines the inclusiveness of a small learning community with the resources of a large research university.

This program is specifically targeted toward commuting and off-campus students, though open all NYU students. FIOC programs combine formal teaching, informal learning, creative activities, and personal support to create an environment where students are engaged with experiential learning with faculty as their guides.

Faculty In & Of the City will concentrate its programs outside Washington Square and focus initially on the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.

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