Making Your Decision

NYU Wagner is committed to supporting our admitted students through their entire decision-making process. We strongly encourage you to reach out to us with any questions. Contact us at or at 212.998.7414 and we will do everything we can to provide you with the information and resources to ease your decision-making and matriculating process.

Below is information on the various Admitted Student Activities taking place in late March and early April – some online and some at NYU Wagner. We encourage you to participate in as many as possible to get better acquainted with our community.


Navigating Your Career in Public Service Webinar | March 24, 2014 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

NYU Wagner's Office of Career Services Director, Surabhi Lal, will discuss NYU Wagner's approach to public service career development, resources available to NYU Wagner students and alumni, and examples of jobs and internships by program. There will be plenty of time for questions. RSVP for the Navigating Your Career in Public Service Webinar.


Financing Your Graduate Education Webinar | March 26, 2014 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

NYU Wagner will host a webinar that covers the basics of Federal Student Aid through the FAFSA process, the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and applying for external scholarships. Sidney Uderani, Assistant Director, Admissions at NYU Wagner and Denise Breland, Manager, Client Relations Team in the NYU Office of Financial Aid will faciliate the webinar, and will answer questions at the end.

RSVP for the Financing Your Graduate Education Webinar.


Individual Financial Aid Consultations | April 3, 2014 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm

NYU Wagner, The Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor,New York, NY 10012

Admitted students will have the opportunity to meet individually with an NYU Financial Aid counselor for 10 minutes to discuss any financial aid questions or concerns. Consultation availability is limited, and is based on order of registration.

To request a financial aid consultation, you must first login here. Then go to the Class Visits tab, click Request a Class Visit, go to April 3 on the calendar, and choose a time slot under Financial Aid Consultation.


Visit a Class | April 2 - 3, 2014 | Various Times

Various locations across the NYU campus

Attending an NYU Wagner course gives you an opportunity to experience an NYU classroom in person, interact with current students, and learn from NYU Wagner's dynamic faculty. Most classes are conveniently offered in the evening. Class visits are subject to availability and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

View the Spring 2014 Class Visits schedule.

To request a class visit, you must first login and then complete a registration form. After registering, you will be instructed to complete the class request form.

If you do not already have a login email address and password, click on "Sign up" below the login fields. After signing up, you will be instructed to complete the class request form.


Diversity Matters Reception | April 3, 2014 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

NYU Wagner, Rudin Family Forum
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor,New York, NY 10012

We believe that diversity is an important part of NYU's pursuit of excellence, and it is a critical lens through which we aim to reframe public service. We invite you to join us at the Diversity Matters Reception, an event that showcases the many ways that NYU Wagner makes issues of diversity and difference discussable, both in and out of the classroom. During the reception, you will have the opportunity to meet with NYU Wagner students, alumni, faculty, and staff, to discuss how markers of identity influence public policy and management in local, national, and global contexts.

*Co-sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA)Association of Latin@s and Allies in Publics Service (ALAS), Black Student Alliance (BSA), Bridge: Students for Innovation (BRIDGE), International Public Service Association (IPSA), Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA), Student Network Exploring Arts and Culture (SNEAC), Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA), Wagner Health Network (WHN), Wagner International Student Society (WISS), Wagner Management and Leadership Organization (WMLO), Wagner+, Wagner Student Association for Africa (WSAFA), and the Wagner Women's Caucus (WWC)

RSVP for the Diversity Matters Reception.


Admitted Student Day | April 4, 2014 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

The Kimmel Center at NYU
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

NYU Wagner students come with a wide range of professional and personal experiences, and yet all are united by a shared commitment to public service. Admitted Student Day is a unique opportunity to meet other admitted students, and to learn from current students, alumni, and faculty. The day-long event includes panel discussions featuring current students and alumni, faculty presentations about academic offerings, and a campus tour. Incoming students will have ample time for getting to know one another, as well as the rest of the NYU Wagner community.

RSVP for Admitted Student Day.

Admitted Student Day Agenda


NYU Wagner Day of Service | April 5, 2014 | 10:00am - 6:00pm

Various service locations around New York City and

NYU Wagner, The Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor,New York, NY 10012

WagnerCares and NYU Wagner's student groups invite admitted students to join current students, faculty, and staff for our second annual NYU Wagner Day of Service on Saturday, April 5 from 10am - 6pm.

The NYU Wagner community will spend the first half of the day working together on a variety of volunteer projects in the New York City area to give back to the community that makes our NYU Wagner experience so unique. Volunteer projects include working at urban farms, schools, and advocacy organizations, among many others.

The day will conclude with an afternoon group activity and celebration at NYU Wagner.

RSVP by Monday, March 24, 2014. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early. We will accommodate as many requests as possible. If you RSVP, you are committing to one of our partner organizations that you will be present. So please be mindful and commit only if you are absolutely certain that you can participate.

RSVP for NYU Wagner Day of Service.


Overview - Admitted Student Day 2014

Agenda is also available


Note: Coat and bag check will be available at the Kimmel Center throughout the day. Because the day’s activities will end at the Puck Building, for your convenience you can drop off any luggage at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, between 8:15am – 9:00am. You will be able to retrieve your luggage prior to happy hour. The Puck Building is approximately a 12 minute walk to the Kimmel Center, so please plan accordingly if you want to drop off your bags prior to arriving at the Kimmel Center by 9:00am.

Welcome and Remarks by Dean Sherry Glied

Panel Discussion: Why NYU Wagner - Current Student Perspectives

Facilitated by David Schachter, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

  • Safiya Arnaout, MPA-Health Policy & Management, 2014 (full-time student)
    Specialization: International Health
  • Conor Muldoon, Master of Urban Planning, 2014 (full-time student)
    Specialization: Economic Development and Housing
  • Raquel Vazquez, MPA-Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, 2015 (part-time student)
    Specialization: Public Policy Analysis

Academic "WAGTalks"

Beth Noveck, Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor
“Big Data, Small Data, Open Data”

In this brief introduction, we will survey the landscape of how government is and could be using data to create jobs, catalyze innovation and improve people’s lives. We’ll talk about the pragmatic, positive and purposeful things we can affirmatively do with data and examine the question of how data complements and substitutes for traditional forms of policymaking.

Karen Grépin, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy

Nirupama Rao, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy

“The 47 or 67 Percent? Makers, Takers and the Lifecycle of Tax Liabilities”
The fact that 47 percent of Americans paid no federal income taxes in 2011 drew considerable attention during the most recent presidential election cycle. Whether not paying federal taxes and/or receiving transfer benefits is symptomatic of a culture of dependency, where the federal government is in effect subsidizing the obsolescence of skills and labor force dis-attachment, depends in part on how chronic these states are. We will examine how individuals enter and leave these states over their lifetimes.

Mitchell Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy & Planning
“The Future of New York”

How will new information technologies,demographic trends, and global forces shape the future of New York City. The city faces new challenges in the 21st century, and this talk will explore why New York is a magnet for people from across the nation and world, and factors that will influence its future economic and physical development.


You will eat with other admitted students in your degree program or specialization and the faculty director.

MPA - Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management
Hosted by Joe Magee, Associate Professor of Management

MPA - Health Policy and Management
Hosted by John Billings, Director of the Health Policy and Management Program and Professor of Health Policy and Public Service

Master of Urban Planning
Hosted by Ingrid Ellen, Director of the Urban Planning Program and Professor of Urban Policy and Planning

International Specialization
Hosted by John Gershman, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service


Panel Discussion: Why NYU Wagner - Alumni Perspectives

Brief Course Overviews:

Carolyn Berry, "Program Analysis and Evaluation" (PADM-GP 2171)
John Billings, "Current Issues in Health Policy" (HPAM-GP 2836)
Jan Blustein, "Estimating Impacts in Policy Research" (PADM-GP 2875)
Gordon Campbell, "The Intersection of Operations and Policy: A Multimedia Learning Experience in the New York City Family Homeless Shelter System" (PADM-GP 2174)
Sewin Chan, "Public Economics and Finance" (PADM-GP 2140)
Salo Coslovsky, "Institutions, Governance, and International Development" (PADM-GP 2201)
Rajeev Dehejia, "International Economic Development" (PADM-GP 2203)
David Elcott, "Community Organizing" (PADM-GP 2106)
Ingrid Ellen, "Urban Economics" (URPL-GP 2608)
Erica Foldy, "Race, Identity, and Inclusion in Organizations" (PADM-GP 2129)
John Gershman, "Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective" (PADM-GP 4250)
Zhan Guo, "Planning Practice and Methods" (URPL-GP 1603)
Paul Light, "Organizational Design and Social Change" (PADM-GP 2132)
Joe Magee, "Managing Public Service Organizations" (CORE-GP 1020)
Irshad Manji, "Moral Courage and Your Purpose" (PADM-GP 2196)
Shankar Prasad, "Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management" (CORE-GP 1011)
Victor Rodwin, "Introduction to Health Policy and Management" (HPAM-GP 1830)
Leanna Stiefel, "The Economics of Education: Policy and Finance" (PDAM-GP 2441)
Scott Taitel, "Financial Management for International Organizations" (PADM -GP 2242)
Rae Zimmerman, "Planning for Emergencies and Disasters" (URPL-GP 2645)

NYU Wagner Neighborhood Tour

NYU Wagner Student Happy Hour

Join current students and fellow admitted students for happy hour, organized by the Wagner Philanthropy and the Wagner Management and Leadership Organization student groups.

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