New Student Retreat: Reflect, Build, Learn

We use the phrase "Orientation Over Time" to describe our approach to welcoming new students to our community. We see orientation as a series of activities and resources designed to help each student get the best possible start to his or her graduate school journey.

Our New Student Retreat is our signature orientation event. All incoming masters students attend the new student retreat, where they begin to develop academic and professional skills that are critical to their success during their time at Wagner and beyond.

A commitment to public service is at the core of NYU Wagner's mission. During the New Student Retreat, students reflect on their choice to attend graduate school in NYC and at NYU, discuss their motivations for pursuing public service careers, and refine their intentions for their time at Wagner.


Students build a  diverse, and multi-dimensional community at the retreat, with access to faculty, administrators, and peers before the rush of classes begins. Students get their first glimpse at the many ways the NYU Wagner community will inspire them and support their academic, personal, and career growth.


Faculty facilitate modules designed to help students hone skills in case analysis, team work, and networking. Students learn more about what to expect inside and outside of the classroom and how to conduct themselves with integrity in the context of an academic and professional community. Students also begin to explore our "Composing Your Career" framework.


Join the tradition

Over the years, we have come to understand how critical the New Student Retreat is to each student's overall experience at Wagner and his/her readiness to start the program. The retreat is therefore required for all new masters students. All incoming fall-start students attend an overnight retreat on the last Sunday/Monday in August in Rock Hill, NY, which is approximately 90 miles north of New York City. All incoming spring-start students attend an evening Welcome Reception and an all-day retreat at NYU on the Thursday/Friday before spring classes begin.

Acceptance of your Wagner offer of admission (via your enrollment deposit) indicates your intent to attend the retreat. Under rare and extreme circumstances, we will allow an incoming student who cannot attend the retreat to begin classes. Any incoming student who needs to request such an exemption must notify NYU Wagner immediately upon making an enrollment deposit. 

For Fall 2014-start Students:

New Student Retreat

When:  August 24-25, 2014; Sunday, 8:00am-Monday, 6:00pm

Where: Iroquois Springs, Rock Hill, NY

Please complete the New Student Retreat Registration Form (available in May), so that we can prepare for the New Student Retreat