Student Life at NYSID

A Diverse Community of Creatives

NYSID students come from diverse backgrounds. They hail from more than 30 countries and 20 U.S. 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.

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, PhD, the school’s staff psychologist, curates this series.

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.  

Community Service:

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.