Campus Resources: Tools for Success

NYU has many resources to help you succeed in your classes, and for you to make the most of your time with us this summer! Remember that you will be considered a college student when you are here.  College students are expected to make use of the resources available to them, and to seek help when needed. Of course, we are always available to assist you, but in addition, here are samples of other great resources available to you at NYU.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC)
Located at 18 Washington Place, it is the place to go whenever you have questions about your courses or anything else related to academics while in Precollege. First and foremost, the ARC is home to us, NYU Precollege advising!

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The ARC also offers a variety of academic support resources, including peer tutoring through the University Learning Center, as well as referrals and directions to other academic resources around campus.  There are also computers, a printer, and a variety of study spaces for student use.

Bobst Library
As a Precollege student, you will have access to the striking, 12-story Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. Bobst is the flagship of a 10-library network consisting of over 6.3 million books,  5.7 million microforms, 500,000 government documents, and more than 41,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts. They also provide access to thousands of electronic resources to the NYU community both on-site and around the world via the Internet.

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The research librarians at Bobst can also help you with your course papers and projects. They offer librarians specializing in particular subject areas–their job is to help you find the information you need in order to improve the quality of your academic work.

Along with all that, Bobst features a computer lab and laptop rental service. Other computer labs are also available around campus.

Bobst also features some great study spaces, including some areas that are open 24 hours!

The Wasserman Center for Career Development
It’s never too early to start thinking about your career! Whether you have a pretty good idea what line of work you want to get into or if you have absolutely no idea, career counselors at the Wasserman Center are happy to help you explore the possibilities, and talk about what you can do to stay or get on track.



How to: Pay Your Bill

By now, if you have registered for your Precollege classes, you should have received a bill sent directly to your NYU email address. We’ll try to tackle some of your most common questions below:

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When is my bill due?
Your bill is due on May 12th, 2016. Only students who have registered for classes will be charged and required to pay their bill.

How do I access my bill? 
You can access and pay your bill via Albert 24 hours a day. Here’s how:

  • Log in to your NYUHome account.
  • Open Albert.
  • Enter your student center.
  • Click on ‘View Bursar Account’ (bottom right hand corner under ‘Finances’).
  • Follow the instructions to make a payment.

What method can I use to pay my bill?
Our preferred method of payment is by electronic check. There is no additional fee for this safe and secure service. However, there are different ways to pay your bill. For information on how to pay your bill, visit the NYU Bursar Website.

Can my parents see my bill?
If you would like to add a parent to your eSuite account, follow the directions found here. Account activity can be viewed by signing into eSuite and clicking on ‘View Activity’ under the ‘My Account’ tab.

I have a specific questions about my bill…
No problem! If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Bursar at You may also visit their website.

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Scholarships & Financial Aid




Excited about Precollege, but confused about cost? Finances  making you freak out?  Check out our most commonly asked scholarship and financial aid questions below:


Does Precollege offer scholarships or financial aid?
A limited number of scholarships are available to academically qualified students who demonstrate a high level of financial need. Note that international students are NOT eligible for scholarships.

Can I still apply for a scholarship if I haven’t already?
Yes! We have extended the deadline until May 1, 2016.  If you haven’t received the email about submitting the scholarship application, email and we will be happy to send you the information.

I applied for a scholarship but haven’t heard anything yet…what does that mean?
If admitted to NYU Precollege, you must accept your spot in the program; then you will receive an email to your NYU email address with instructions for viewing your scholarship/financial aid award.  All applicants will receive a decision, so if you’ve accepted your spot in the program and not received the email, feel free to email for an update. You can also check your award through your Student Center in NYU Albert.

How much money is available to me?
It depends; awards are based on a family’s financial need AND the number of credits in which you enroll.  It’s important to remember that NYU Precollege scholarships will NOT cover the full cost of the program for any recipients.

Can I reduce the cost of my tuition by dropping a class?
Yes, but be careful: remember that all residential students MUST be enrolled in at least two courses (and at least one must be for credit); commuter students MUST be enrolled in at least one course for credit.

Also be aware that if you reduce the number of courses you are taking, the amount of your scholarship will also change; awards are adjusted to the number of credits in which you’re enrolled. For example, if you anticipated taking 8 credits and were awarded a scholarship based on that amount, but you are now only planning on taking 4 credits, you will not be able to keep your original scholarship amount. To receive your scholarship, you must either register for 8 credits or have your scholarship adjusted for your new number of credits (see next question).  You can view the number of credits you selected on your application by logging into your Student Center.

What if I want to change the number of credits I’m enrolled in?
If your plans have changed and you will not be taking the same number of credits you indicated on your scholarship application, whether more credits or less, please write to with your new course credit total so your scholarship can be adjusted and added to your bill.  Be sure to include that your are an NYU Precollege student as well as your University ID # (N#) in all communications with the university.

I keep seeing this message that says “Enrollment Mismatch”?
If the number of credits you have registered does not match the number of credits you listed on your scholarship application, you may see this message as a hold on your record. For information on how to view your NYU Albert account to see if you have an Enrollment Mismatch hold on your bill, click here. Refer to the previous two questions above for more information. If you have questions, contact

I’ve received a scholarship, but I don’t see it in my student account or e-bill. What does that mean?
Most likely, you have not yet registered completely for your courses. Remember, you must register for the exact number of credits you listed on your scholarship application or your awarded aid will not be added to your account.

I wasn’t awarded a scholarship OR I was awarded a scholarship, but the cost of the program is still too much for me to afford…what can I do?
We understand that cost can be a cause of concern for students; that’s why we set aside money for a select number of scholarships. However, when this just isn’t enough, there are some ways to make the program more affordable:

  • Consider being a commuter student, if possible. This would alleviate the cost of housing and reduce the required course load to one course instead of two.
  • Take only one course for credit. If you must live on campus, then you will be required to take two courses, but only one must be for credit.The second course could be the non-credit college-writing workshop (EXPOS-UA 30), which only has a fee instead of tuition. This could significantly reduce the cost of your overall tuition.
  • Ask your high school counselor.High school counselors can sometimes be aware of local scholarships, grants, or other sources of additional funding for students participating in summer programs. So, don’t be afraid to ask them!
  • Contact our office, for information about other NYU High School programs that may be more affordable.


Meal Plans & Dining Services

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Several dining locations and meal plans will be available on campus to Precollege students this summer. Here’s what you need to know about NYU Dining Services:


Do I need a meal plan?

Residential students are required to have a meal plan of at least 10 meals per week–meal plans cannot be dropped or modified to below 10 meals/week.

For commuters, meal plans are optional, but some students may find participating in a meal plan enhances their college experience and are welcome to sign up for summer dining.

How do I change my meal plan? 

If you live on campus, you will be automatically enrolled in the required minimum meal plan of 10 meals/week, but you have the option of increasing the size of their meal plan.   Information about upgrading or signing up for a meal plan is online.

How does my meal plan work? 

Your NYUCard acts as your dining card.  You swipe your card whenever you get a meal.

What are dining dollars? How do those work? 

Meal plans include dining dollars, which are accepted as cash at NYU dining locations. They work on the same principle as debit cards by swiping your NYUCard. You can use your dining dollars to purchase beverages, snacks, or full meals, and the total amount is subtracted from your balance. Unused dining dollars carry over each week. Unused dining dollars at the end NYU Precollege are not refundable.  Be sure to use all your dining dollars before the program ends!

Where can I go for meals? 

Precollege students will have access to a variety of dining options, ranging from traditional cafeteria-style dining halls (like The Market Place at Kimmel and Weinstein Passport Dining)  to coffee shops and cafes (like Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts). 


When are dining hours?

Dining locations are open every day at various times. For information about specific location hours, check the hours of operation online. Note: When looking at the dining hours schedule, remember that Precollege takes place during Summer Session II.

What if I have dietary restrictions? 

NYU dining options include  gluten-free, vegan, and Kosher options. NYU is also able to make reasonable accommodations for any dietary restrictions you may have. If you need accommodations, please contact the NYU Dining Services Office at  and they will be happy to assist you.

More information about dining is available on the Summer Dining page.

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NYU Card & Campus Cash

In NYU Precollege, you are considered a college student just like any other NYU college student. And like every college student here, you will need to have an NYU ID card.

What does my NYUCard do?
Your NYUCard is what will identify you as a student at NYU, and what you will use to get around campus. You will need it to gain access to your classes, your residence hall, and all other NYU buildings and facilities such as the library, the gym, the Student Health Center, etc.

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What is Campus Cash?
You can also use your ID card to make purchases. By adding Campus Cash to your card, you can make purchases at both NYU and commercial establishments that accept campus cash. Also, many shops, restaurants, cafes, and even dry cleaners will give you a student discount if you simply show them your NYU ID card. So be sure to always carry it with you!

How do I get my NYU ID card?

Residential Students
Submit your ID photo online.  Be sure to submit your photo no later than June 25 to ensure the Card Center has enough time to approve your photo and print your card before you arrive.  Then on move-in day, you can pick up your NYU ID card at 7 Washington Place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You will need to show a photo ID in order to pick up your NYUCard.

Commuter Students
The preferred method is to simply submit a photo online and, once approved by the NYUCard Center, you can pick up your card in person. The NYUCard Center is at 7 Washington Place. You must bring a valid photo ID with you to get your card. Photos submitted and approved by 3:00 p.m. can be picked up the following business day. More information about submitting your NYUCard photo and information is available online.

You may also get your NYUCard in person at the NYU Card Center at 7 Washington Place after you are registered in courses and before the program begins.  The Card Center is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

How do I add Campus Cash to my NYU ID card?
Visit the NYU Campus Cash website for information on how to add campus cash to your card, and to learn more about the benefits of doing so!

Do I get to keep my ID Card when Precollege is over?
Unfortunately, no; all students will have to turn in their NYU ID Card at the end of their term of study (it will be deactivated at that time). If a student doesn’t return their ID card and returns for ANY future term, they must pay a $25 replacement fee.

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As always, feel free to contact us with any questions!

Health & Wellness

As an NYU student, health-related services on campus are available to you while you are in the Precollege program.

Do I have to send in any health forms? 

If you will be taking 6 or more credits (residential and international students!), you must submit immunization records to the NYU Student Health Center. You can find more information in the Precollege Handbook.

karen-mean-girls-cough-im-sickWhat kind of health services are available to me at NYU? 

The Student Health Center (SHC) provides students with urgent medical, psychological, and support services, as well as crisis response measures.  The SHC staff is available to meet the urgent health needs of all Precollege students.  If you have any questions about health support for Precollege, please contact the SHC at 212-443-1000. Please note: the SHC is available to all students, but its services may not be covered by a student’s private insurance policy.

Do I need insurance? 

Yes, of some kind. International students are automatically enrolled in NYU Student Health Insurance, and are covered at the SHC, as a requirement of their visa. American Precollege students must have their own health insurance that meets the minimum threshold of coverage in New York City. American Precollege students are encouraged to check with their current insurance provider to determine if the SHC is in their approved network.

What if I just need to talk to someone?

TI-stock-Counseling-Image.jpghe Wellness Exchange is available to all students and connects you to services at NYU that support your overall health and mental health needs.  The Exchange is available 24/7 by calling 212-443-9999, and it puts you in touch with professionals who can help you address day-to-day challenges and questions, as well as any crises you may encounter including depression, sexual assault, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Courses can be stressful, New York City can be overwhelming, and there are so many health services and resources available on campus, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of them all!  Whenever you have questions or need to speak with someone, do not hesitate to contact the SHC or the Wellness Exchange!  They are there to help.

Subject Spotlight: The Arts

The Arts are how we as individuals and as a society express ourselves. From the dawn of cave paintings to the digital media art of today, from silent films to blockbuster hits, from classical music to top 40, humans have communicated their stories, emotions, and conditions through a multitude of art forms. Whatever your talent or passion, NYU Precollege offers a wide range of choices for you to express your creative side, learn a new skill, or be boldly exposed to territory you’ve never ventured art

Here is just a sample of some of the art courses being offered at NYU Precollege:

Art History: ARTH-UA.6: Modern Art

Art in the Western world from the late 18th century to the present. The Neoclassicism and Romanticism of David, Goya, Ingres, Turner, Delacroix; the Realism of Courbet; the Impressionists; parallel developments in architecture; and the new sculptural tradition of Rodin. From postimpressionism to Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism, Cubism, geometric abstraction in sculpture and painting, and modernism in architecture in the 20th century. After World War I, Dadaism and Surrealism. Developments since 1945, such as Action painting, Pop art, Minimal art, and numerous strands of Postmodernism.

Music: MUSIC-UA.100: Music of New York

This course is designed to take advantage of New York’s dynamic music community. There are in-class presentations by local musicians and scholars, and students regularly attend performances throughout the city. The focus is on the everyday practices of musical life in New York City by both performers and listeners in a number of the City’s musical constituencies: immigrant communities; amateur and professional music-makers; and popular, classical, and avant-garde scenes. Examination of these processes of music-making will be enhanced by a look at the histories of these different kinds of music-making. There will also be a historical discussion of the vibrant musical life of New York in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which will contribute to an understanding of why New York is seen, and sees itself, as a musical city.


Drama: THEA-UT 705 :Realism & Naturalism, European Origins

This course will examine the primarily 19th century European movement toward Realism and Naturalism that remains a major influence in today’s theater, shaping both dramatic practice and audience expectation. It will look at the relationship of Realism and Naturalism to the philosophical climate of the 1800s (Hegel, Darwin, Marx, Freud), to other theatrical movements (Romanticism, Symbolism, Expressionism and Aestheticism), to contemporaneous dramatic and literary forms (melodrama, the well-made play, the novel, photography), and to concrete historical trends (the rise of nation states, changing sex roles and family structures). The course focuses on the plays of the major European dramatists who defined the movement (Zola, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw), and tentatively traces its transformation in early to middle 20th century American drama.


Cinema: CINE-UT.393: NYC on Film

Summer in the City: This course examines New York City’s role as America’s second “movie capital” from the time of the invention of motion pictures right up through the mid-1980s. Topics covered include: New York’s centrality to the creation of the American film industry in the early silent period; the City’s role as an icon of modernity in Hollywood movies of the 1930s and ‘40s; and Manhattan’s emergence in the Postwar period as a center for alternate filmmaking practices, especially independent and exploitation features, “underground” experimental films, and early televisual forms such as “direct cinema” and live “anthology” dramas. In sum, the course analyzes a set of generic and formal practices intimately associated with Greater New York as well as offering an introduction to the City’s rich cultural history. Screenings include Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Escape from New York (1981), King Kong (1933), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Twelve Angry Men (1954).


Film: FMTV-UT 1083: Intro to Special Effects Make-Up

 This is an introductory level hands-on workshop designed for students wishing to develop their artistry, experienced make-up artists seeking advanced techniques, non-make-up artists just starting out, and anyone who has always wondered “how’d they do that?” This course explores the art of special effects make-up. Topics include skin safe molding procedures; casting and painting silicone replica props; applying “out-of-kit” make-up effects including cuts, bruises, black eyes, scabs, scars, wounds, burns, and decayed flesh; designing an executing a zombie make up, designing and executing a frozen death make-up; sculpting a 1;1 scale Replica Character Maquette; using anatomical reference to enhance a character sculpt and safely using all tools and materials. Students receive a make-up kit specially designed with all materials necessary to complete in-class projects.


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Of course, there are more courses being offered– this is just a select sampling! Check out the full Precollege 2016 course listing can be found here.

Campus Resource: The Moses Center

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What’s the Moses Center? 

Students in need of support, large or small, due to any kind of disability are encouraged to contact the NYU Moses Center for Students with Disabilities to register with that office prior to the start of NYU Precollege.

The Moses Center determines a student’s qualified disability status and assists the student in obtaining appropriate accommodations and services. Services provided vary depending on a student’s need but can include assistance with class note-taking and lectures, alternative exams, and special housing.

If you need assistance or have questions about disability services, please contact the Moses Center. We recommend that you register with the Moses Center no later than mid-June to ensure that office enough time to evaluate need and arrange for services prior to your arrival on campus and the start of class.

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As always, you are welcome to contact us with any questions.