A Diverse Community of Creatives

NYSID students come from diverse backgrounds. They hail from more than 30 countries and 20 states. This diversity brings a broad array of styles, cultures, and perspectives to NYSID student life. What they share is a passion for interior design and the drive to make a career out of it. Student activities at NYSID revolve around events for socializing and having fun, exploring New York City, and enhancing life as a professional designer.


Student Activities:

Social Events: The fall semester begins with a kick-off party and continues with other seasonal themed events throughout the year, such as Broadway shows, ice skating in Central Park, NYC landmarks tours, and boat cruises around Manhattan.  

Group Trips: Students travel to places like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate in the Hudson Valley, Grand Central Station, Philip Johnson’s The Glass House, and the Morgan Library and Museum.


Student Activities Calendar

Past Student Activities


Personal/Professional Development Programs

The Lunch & Learn series brings prominent designers, architects, and experts in the field to the campus for intimate discussions with our students. Recent guests include interior designers Alexa Hampton and Mario Buatta.

The Supporting the Whole Designer series teaches the life skills designers need to thrive, from time-management to public speaking. Penni Morganstein, Psy.D., the school’s staff psychologist, curates this series.


Community Service

NYSID’s relationships with area non-profits enable students to share their design skills with those in need and assist with re-building struggling communities. NYSID is involved with such organizations as Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)Ronald McDonald HouseHabitat for HumanityMary Manning Walsh Home, Lenox Hill Neighborhood HouseNew York CaresAvon Walk for Breast Cancer, and Holiday House.

Health & Wellness

The Counseling Center: NYSID’s New York State licensed psychologist, Penni Morganstein, Psy.D., provides free counseling and support services to students.  

The Health & Wellness Festival: a week of offerings designed to stimulate visual creativity and relieve stress. Take yoga, get a massage, visit with dogs from New York Therapy Animals, and attend lectures on topics from nutrition to sleep.

Student Clubs & Organizations

NYSID has active student organizations that support diverse interests, promote student involvement, and encourage leadership opportunities. These clubs and associations help students connect to each other as well as to the global and local interior design community.

Graduate Student Association represents the interests and needs of NYSID graduate students by serving as a liaison between students and the NYSID faculty and administration, working towards enhancing the overall student experience. The association also organizes and sponsors a variety of events throughout the academic year. Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/nysid.gsa/.

Undergraduate Student Association functions as the voice of the student body and is the primary forum through which student concerns are brought to the attention of the College’s administration. The association also organizes and sponsors events throughout the academic year.