FAQs

Q) Where is the NYU Prison Education administrative office located?

Our office is located on the NYU Washington Square campus at 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003. To contact our office, feel free to call us on 212-992-8673 or email at prisoneducation@nyu.edu.

Q) Where does the NYU Prison Education Program (NYU PEP) offer college courses?

The NYU Prison Education Program is offered at Wallkill Correctional Facility, a medium-security men’s prison located about 2 hours north from the NYU Washington Square campus.

Q) When was NYU’s Prison Education Program established?

The NYU Prison Education Program was founded in January of 2015 by a group of NYU faculty, staff, and community members. It was launched with the support of a start-up grant from the Ford Foundation. The first cohort of 30 students were admitted and enrolled at NYU Wallkill during the spring semester of 2015. After only one semester, we were able to expand program capacity and currently offer six courses each semester and have approximately 50 enrolled students. Please visit the program details page to learn more about us.

Q) What kind of degree does NYU PEP offer?

The college program at Wallkill Correctional Facility offers college courses that lead to an Associate of Arts degree from New York University in Liberal Studies.

Q) What kinds of courses do students take at Wallkill Correctional Facility?

All of NYU PEP’s courses are taught in-person by NYU faculty and working professionals who have a background in various disciplines and come from schools university-wide. Please visit our courses page for a list of the courses we’ve offered.

Q) How can I teach or volunteer for NYU PEP?

Please complete a teaching and/or volunteer application on our contact page. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Q) What is teaching like at Wallkill Correctional Facility?

Faculty travel to the prison each week to teach a three-hour seminar. We offer 4-credit courses and follow the NYU academic calendar. In addition, we offer regular tutoring and special workshops on-site.

Q) How does NYU PEP prepare students to continue their education after incarceration?

NYU provides students with academic advising both before and after their release from prison. Students are encouraged to continue their education post-release, and can apply to transfer their credits into a program at the NYU Washington Square Campus or another institution.

Q) How can I contribute?

At NYU PEP, we welcome a variety of contributions. We are looking for anything from building community partnerships to book donations for our library at the prison. Previous monetary contributions have supported everything from purchasing metrocards for student travel to campus to tuition assistance. Let us know your ideas by completing our donation application.