Hallway of education wing at NYU Wallkill

Our college-in-prison program operates at Wallkill Correctional Facility, a men’s medium-security facility located two hours north from the Washington Square Campus in Ulster County, New York.

All students at Wallkill complete an admissions application and, upon matriculation, are enrolled in an Associates Degree program in Liberal Studies at New York University, earning transferable college credits while working towards their degree. Faculty travel weekly to teach in-person. Staff work directly with the NYS Department of Corrections to provide students with access to ongoing informational meetings, advising, and student life programming at the prison.

Our educational wing includes: two large seminar rooms, a computer lab with 21 computers and creative software, a library, and a study room with over 300+ books and research materials. The library and computer lab is supported by student clerks at Wallkill. Read about our courses.

Student holding diploma at 2019 graduation at prison

Since 2017, an annual graduation ceremony has been held at the prison to celebrate recent graduates (who often remain incarcerated after degree completion). To date, there have been 14 graduates from the college-in-prison program at Wallkill. 

In addition, many students go on to continue their education and earn advanced degrees post-incarceration. Learn about our program on campus. 

Note: this year’s 2020 graduation ceremony has been postponed due to COVID-19 health concerns. 

Students performing at event
Two PEP students reading work at event inside prison

Photos taken from the annual spring event at Wallkill where current students share their work from the academic year.

See more photos & videos about our program.