Happy Trails & Safe Travels!

They say all good things must come to an end, and Precollege is no exception.

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We hope you enjoyed your time at NYU Precollege as much as we enjoyed having you here! Hopefully made the most of your time in New York City, met some new friends, and maybe even learned something!

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Okay, okay, we’re going, Ferris. Jeez.

On behalf of the University Programs, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors and a safe trip home, wherever you may be traveling.

Happy trails!


Finals, Grades, & Transcripts

As the end of the Precollege approaches, many of you are preparing for finals and the end of term. So how do you prepare for finals and what comes after?

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We know you did, Michelle. We’re very proud of you.


How do I get a copy of my NYU transcript? 

Information on how to obtain an official copy of your transcript, or to have one mailed to you or your home institution in a sealed envelope, can be found on the NYU Registrar’s website. Be sure to wait until your final grades have been recorded before requesting a transcript.

When will I get my final grades?

Note that some professors may take longer to post your grade than others. You should make sure all your grades are posted before requesting a copy of your transcript. To do so, you may check your record in Albert. Should more than a week go by with a missing grade, you can contact your professor directly.

We wish you the best of luck with all finals and final projects! As always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

College Prep: NYU College Fair & College 101 Series

By attending Precollege, you’re already showing an interest in the next step of your academic career: college. Good job!very-nice-Borat.jpg

We have two more ways for you to prepare for college: the College 101 series and our annual NYU College Fair.

College 101 is available to all Precollege students during the course of the program and is an excellent opportunity for students to gain the skills they need to succeed in the college admissions process and in college. The series consists of various information sessions on topics including:

  • Admissions 101
  • Time Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Study Skills

These sessions are a great, informal way to find out more about common college concerns– plus there will even be light refreshments served at the events!

Please note that all Precollege students are required to attend a Wellness 101 session, but don’t worry– we will be offering many sessions throughout the first few weeks of Precollege.


The second opportunity is the NYU College Fair! The College Fair offers the chance to meet with college representatives from nearly 100 colleges and universities from all over the country! Discover schools you hadn’t previously considered, ask your general college application questions, and maybe even find your dream school– all without leaving the NYU campus. Want more info? Check out our College Fair flyer below:

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We hope you’ll take advantage of these awesome opportunities to prepare for college. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Reminder: Join Us on Facebook!

Many of you have already joined our Precollege 2016 Facebook group… but if you haven’t what are you waiting for?

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The Facebook group is a great way to (virtually) meet your PAs and chat with your fellow Precollege students before your arrival…and let’s face it, isn’t it always better to have a familiar, friendly face to turn to when you start a new program?

Making new friends is pawsome

Remember, the Facebook group is private, so you’ll have to request to join and be approved by an admin before you can join.  See you on Facebook!

ProTip: Best Study Spaces on Campus

Let’s be honest, Precollege is a ton of fun. But it’s not all fun and games– it’s also a lot of hard work and studying, too! (after all, it is PreCOLLEGE…) Looking to get out of your dorm rooms and still get some work done? Here are some spots that NYU students prefer to study in (relative) peace.

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Bobst Library

“A friend of mine recently turned me on to 4 North in Bobst. It’s one of those rooms with the big windows facing the park. It has a nice view with lots of natural sunlight. Students in there are super quiet. The room is also filled with big tables, so there’s a good chance you’ll grab a seat–oh, and they have built-in electrical outlets for your laptop! Personally, I find the chairs to be quite comfortable, too. Just don’t tell anyone about this secret location–I don’t want it to become any more crowded!”

Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life

“The new Spiritual building has some real nice study areas. I like the lounges right outside the elevators.”

Kimmel Center for University Life

“The 8th and 9th floors of Kimmel have incredible views of the park and it’s so quiet up there!”

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

If you’re having trouble finding the right study spot, we suggest using the Academic Resource Center (ARC). With comfortable seating and small tables, the lounges are ideal spaces for studying, meeting in small groups, or catching up with friends between classes.


For a complete list of student lounges on campus, check out the student lounges page!

What to Bring

So you’re getting all ready for Precollege and starting to pack…but what should you take with you?

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Slow down there, Jenna. You probably don’t need ALL that stuff…

The following is a basic list of suggested items to bring this summer:

  • Official Photo ID.  Drivers license or state-issued ID for American students, passports for international students.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.  New Yorkers walk everywhere…and we mean everywhere!  If you prefer to wear heels or sandals wherever you go, it’s a good idea to invest in a large supply of band-aids for your many inevitable blisters.Or, skip the pain and just invest in a pair of comfy flats.
  • Water Bottle and Sunscreen. Summer is a ton of fun, but the glaring sun and high humidity are no joke. Make sure to apply sunscreen if you’re trekking around the city and top off your water bottle before you head out!
  • Umbrella. For those unexpected summer showers.
  • Laptop or desktop.  There will be several computer labs available to you around campus, but if you prefer to use your own laptop, feel free to bring it.  If you are an international student, don’t forget an adapter!
  • Backpack or school bag.  You will be carrying your books and supplies with you everywhere and your classes may be blocks apart.  It is a good idea to have a sturdy bag with you not only for your classes but for your explorations in the city.
  • Medication.  If you need medication, you should bring enough to last you for the entire program.  Having copies of your prescription(s) in generic form is also a good idea.
  • Linens. If you plan to live on campus, you will need extra-long twin sheets (80 inches) for your residence hall bed and towels. You can, if you wish, order linens through the NYU Bookstore.
  • Toiletries you can’t live without — those brands you know you can only get at home or will be too expensive in New York.
  • Battery-powered alarm clock— to ensure you wake up if you’ve forgotten to charge your phone.
  • Notebooks, pens, pencils, and calendar/planner for class.  Bring whatever supplies you know work best for your studying style.
  • Journal. Don’t forget a single moment!
  • Camera. For seeing those one-of-a-kind New York sights!
  • Guidebook(s). So you’ll have a list of all your “must-see” locations.

The following is a list of what NOT to bring!

  • Air conditioners
  • Candles or Incense
  • Drugs and other controlled substances without prescription
  • Electric heaters
  • Flammable decorations including natural or artificial Christmas trees
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, grills, or other open flame or heating coil devices
  • Pets or animals of any kind..
  • Weapons of any kind
    This includes firearms, fireworks, ammunition, knives, swords, or explosives.

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Questions about what you should or shouldn’t pack? For more information, check out the Founders Residence Hall website and our What to Bring page.

Important Reminder: Precollege Orientation

Can you believe that Precollege is less than two weeks away? We hope you are as excited about it as we are!

Super excited.

To help you get all situated and settled at NYU once you arrive, we are holding a mandatory Precollege Orientation:

Sunday, July 3rd from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Check-in will begin at 4 p.m.

The orientation will be held at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, located at 60 Washington Square South, in the 4th floor Eisner & Lubin Auditorium.

What about my parents and guardians? Can they come?
This orientation is for students only. If your parents will be with you that day, we will be holding a separate Parent Orientation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, in the 10th Floor Rosenthal Pavilion. We encourage parents to attend the parent orientation.

So…how important is this orientation?

It is VERY important that you attend the mandatory orientation. (Hence the “mandatory” part.) Why? We’ll be going over important information that you’ll need to know as an NYU student! Everything from getting your NYU ID card to fun programs and activities will be covered, and you will then be taken on a tour of the NYU campus!

I totally understand that I have to go…but what if a cataclysmic circumstance beyond my control prevents me from going (or my flight is delayed)?
If for some (very legit) reason you are not able to make it to the orientation on July 3rd, we will be holding a make-up orientation on Friday, July 8th at 10:30am in the Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 909. 

We ask that if at all possible, you attend the orientation on July 3rd, but if you know that you can’t, make sure you RSVP here: Make-Up Orientation. (Psst: Be sure you’ve signed in to your NYU email address and signed out of any other Gmail accounts before trying to access the form).

I’m an international student; is there a special orientation for me?
International students are expected to attend the mandatory Precollege orientation, too! However, international students will also be required to attend one mandatory check-in with the NYU Office of Global Services so they are in compliance with their visa.

RSVP to an international student check-in session here: International Student Check-In.


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We’ll see you at orientation!