Precollege Hack: To Do List

Who’s excited for the start of Precollege?



We are, too! But wait– before you skip happily to your first class, there are a few things you need to remember to do:

  1. Activate your NYU NetID and read your NYU email
  2. Get your NYUCard
  3. Double-check your course registration and student account on NYUHome to make sure everything is set and you are meeting the program’s registration requirements for residential or commuter students
  4. Submit your required program and health forms
  5. Get your book list from the NYU Bookstore
  6. Attend a mandatory OGS Check-In Session (international students only)
  7. Attend the mandatory NYU Precollege Orientation (all students)

More detailed instructions are also available on the Critical Instructions page of our Admitted Students website.

You may also want to:

  1. Submit your travel details to NYU Traveler
  2. Register with the Moses Center, if applicable
  3. Map your class location(s)

Finally, if you have decided that you cannot attend NYU Precollege, just let us know!  We can process your full withdrawal now so your NYU record will be updated and you can receive a refund on tuition. Just email us with an official withdrawal request at

Reminder: Program Forms Due

Just a friendly reminder that your required program and health forms are due June 1, aka TOMORROW.

You can find the forms, along with instructions for submission, on the NYU Precollege Handbook website.

Program forms should be submitted online via your Precollege admission application accountTip: When you log into your old application account, be sure to use the username and password you set-up for yourself when you first applied.  Do not use your NYU netID and password. 

Health forms should be submitted directly to the NYU Student Health Center.  All students must submit the Treatment of a Minor Form, and students registered in six or more credits/units during the summer must also submit immunization forms (as required by New York State law and University policy).

If you have questions about submitting your forms, contact us!

College 101: Time Management

As part of the Precollege experience, we will be offering a number of College 101 sessions on various subjects to help you succeed at Precollege, and be better prepared for college after you have graduated from high school. This post will highlight our session on time management. Be sure to attend one of the College 101 Time Management sessions. More information will provided at the July 3rd Precollege Orientation.

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What do you mean by “time management?”
Time management is something everyone struggles to balance.  As a high school student, you probably already have to juggle your academics, extra-curricular activities, social and family life, and much more. As you prepare for your Precollege experience, you will now be independent in your scheduling, decision-making, and self-discipline. In other words, you get to choose your classes, when you want to take them, and you are responsible for your success!

Do you have any tips for me?
Sure! Although virtually every college student will have a different schedule from the next, there are some tried and true tips that can help ensure you make the most efficient and effective choices for a successful and fun summer. The College Board suggests the following 8 Ways to Take Control of Your Time:

  • Make a to-do list every day
  • Keep your work with you
  • Don’t be afraid to say no
  • Find your productive time
  • Create a dedicated study time
  • Budget your time
  • Don’t get sidetracked
  • Get a good night’s sleep

For a complete description of each of these tips, click here.

Manage your time well, and this could be you! (Well, maybe with fewer arms…)

What if I need a little more help?
In addition to these tips, NYU’s Academic Resource Center (The ARC)  has numerous resources available to assist you– including your academic adviser– so stop by for more information once you’re on campus! Remember: although you will be responsible for managing your own time, resources are available to help you!

Double Check: Am I Registered Correctly?

It is around this time that you should be making sure you are properly registered for NYU Precollege to avoid any issues at the start of the program. So what does this mean?check out some friendly reminders and FAQ below:



How can I check on my registration? 
Take a moment to log into your NYUHome account, click on the “Academics” tab, and log into Albert to view your Student Center to make sure you are properly registered.

Remember, the requirements are different for residential and commuter students. (Pssst— did you forget what those requirements are? See our previous post about the differences between residential and commuter requirements).

What if the course I want has a waitlist?
For both residential and commuter students, if you are interested in a course that is wait listed, we strongly recommend that you identify an alternative course for credit and set up what’s called a “Swap” function in Albert.

How does “swap” work?
The Swap allows you to be on the wait list of your first-choice class, and be registered into your second-choice class. Then, if enough space opens up in the class you are wait listed in for you to be enrolled, Albert will automatically drop you from your second-choice class and enroll you in the first-choice class. To set up the Swap function, refer to the Albert Registration Guide.

How will I know whether I’ll be accepted off the waitlist or not?
Unfortunately, there is no way for us to know when or if you will get into a waitlisted course; course registration is open until July 8th. We therefore recommend this Swap function so you can be sure you will be registered in the right amount of courses.

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

Join us on Facebook

Precollege Blog Exclusive: The NYU Precollege 2016 Facebook Group is live and ready to go!

Why should I join the Facebook group?
The Facebook group is a great way to connect with other students in NYU Precollege this summer, and to learn about what’s happening around campus and in the city. Also, it’s where all the cool kids will be, obvi.

(Disclaimer: Echosmith is not part of the fb group– it’s just a terrible pun)

Sounds pretty rad. How do I join?
The group is private (aka VIP) so it’ll only be open to NYU Precollege 2016 students. You’ll have to request to be added. Once in, you can meet other students and stay in touch with each other!


So request to join today and don’t miss out on any info– we’ll see you on Facebook!

How To: Navigate NYU

NYU and NYC can be an intimidating and confusing place if you aren’t familiar with the campus and the city. However with our tips and tricks you should have no problem finding your way around once you arrive!

Don’t worry, Stitch, we won’t let you get lost.

NYU is primarily located around Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. The campus is easily accessible via New York City public transportation. Directions on how to get to NYU are on the NYU visitor’s website. Please note: there is no NYU transportation service to bring you to campus from the local airports or bus/train terminals.  All students are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus.

There are many ways to get from the airport to NYU, including buses, shuttles, and trains. The easiest way to get to campus is to use a taxi or car service. If you use a taxi, be sure to get one from the official taxi stand at the airport. DO NOT accept a ride from an unauthorized taxi driver.

Also, if you are flying, it is a good idea to register your trip with NYU Traveler, the University’s web-based travel safety service.

Once you arrive, familiarize yourself with campus using our interactive and downloadable campus map or by downloading the NYU Mobile App, which features a campus map among other useful features!


Information about navigating the city’s streets and using public transportation can be found on the Getting Around Page.

It’s a good idea to plan your route to class ahead of time. Resources like the Student Resource Center exist to help you in this process, or, if you’re ever lost, don’t hesitate to call NYU Public Safety.  Check back next week for a final to-do list and hints about what to pack!

Books & NYUClasses

Now that you have enrolled in classes and paid your bill, you can start getting your materials ready for the first day of class. Check out some of our most frequently asked questions below:

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How do I know what books I’ll need for class? 
You can search for a list of required books online at the NYU Bookstore website.

How do I find my books? 
You can search for your books by entering your NYU N# and birth date or by entering individual course information. ProTip:  We recommend you search using both channels to double-check your book list and make sure you receive as much information as possible.

I tried to search but there are no books listed…what do I do?
If you have no books listed for your classes, do not worry!  Summer term books are often not listed online until closer to the first day of class.  Additionally, not all NYU professors order their books through the NYU Bookstore.  You can always wait until the first day of class to receive the syllabus and list of required reading.  Many students do this to determine for themselves which books they will purchase.

Can I buy used books at the NYU Bookstore?
Absolutely: the NYU Bookstore has used and new trade and textbooks for sale.

Where is the NYU Bookstore? Do they sell anything besides books?
The NYU Bookstore is located at 726 Broadway. Apart from books, the Bookstore also features NYU aparrel and merchandise. Be sure to stop by when you arrive on campus to stock up on NYU gear and souvenirs, too!

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Do I have to order my books through the NYU Bookstore?
Certainly not; students also use other booksellers to get their books: both Barnes & Noble Union Square and The Strand are within walking distance of the NYU campus. Alternatively, many students opt to order books online via Barnes & Noble and  To make the decision of where to buy a little easier, the NYU Bookstore website offers the option of online price comparison.

What is NYU Classes?
 NYUClasses is an online system that some professors use to post their syllabus, homework assignments, and even utilize message boards to supplement class discussions with online ones. You can find NYUClasses in the “Academics” tab of your NYUHome account. Be aware that professors use NYUClasses differently; some professor have already posted their syllabii; some might wait to post until the first week of classes; some might not post at all!  For that reason, don’t worry if not all, or even none, of your classes appear in NYUClasses, as not all professors use it.


Things to do in NYC

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting parts of being in NYU Precollege is experiencing all that New York City has to offer! It’s no wonder that NYU is known to be “in and of the City.”

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There are countless things to do in the City, let alone in Greenwich Village itself where NYU is located. It would be impossible to list them all here, but we can certainly recommend some fun activities!

Sight Seeing
You may not have time to accomplish visiting all of these landmarks, but we hope this list helps you decide where to go:


Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)
The American Museum of Natural History
China Town
Little Italy
Brooklyn Bridge
Times Square

Foodie Adventures
One of the best ways to explore the city is through the tastes and smells of its countless food offerings. New York City is considered by many to be the cultural capital of the world, which means that you’ll find any type of food you want: whether it’s Chinese, Indian, Italian, or classic NYC fare, or whether you keep Kosher, Halal, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, you will find a bounty of options to enjoy! Check out Buzzfeed’s 21 Must-Eat NYC foods under $10 for a great starting point of food to sample in NYC.

Precollege Programming
Precollege offers its own variety of events and programs for you to enjoy during your time here in NYC, such as Broadway show tickets, sporting games, neighborhood explorations, and more! Residential and commuter students alike are welcome to participate! Keep an eye out for our calendar of Precollege outings.


Reminder: Pay Your Bill!

So, you’ve registered for classes, you have your schedule, and you’re reading the blog. Good for you! But have you remembered to pay your bill?


If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to pay your NYU student account balance by the deadline on Thursday, May 12! If you add or drop a course after May 12th, you will have 6 business days to pay the adjusted bill. All students registered in courses should have received notification of their bills at their NYU email address. Even if you think you have paid your account, it is a good idea to double-check online via NYU Home to make sure everything is settled.

To check your account balance, click on the “Academics” tab in NYUHome. Then click on the bright pink “Student Center” link. Once you’re in your Student Center, locate the “Finances” tab, under which you can find “View Bursar Account.” This will bring you to your eSuite, where you can review or pay your account balance. More detailed instructions can be found on the Bursar’s website. All students may contact the Bursar’s Office directly with further inquiries about their account

Information about paying your bill is available on the NYU Precollege website and NYU Bursar website.

You may also contact us with any questions.

New Sections of College Writing Workshop!

That’s right, NYU Precollege students.  You’re correctly reading the title of this post and are not dreaming. With so much demand from students for the College Writing Workshop, the Expository Writing Department has created new sections that are open with seats available as of today.  Thanks, Expository Writing!

The new sections are 072 and 073.  If you’re on a wait list for College Writing Workshop and these sections match your schedule, feel free to drop your wait listed section and sign up for one of the new sections.  If you miss open seats and end up on a wait list for any section, do not worry yet.  There may be students dropping the course between now and the start of Precollege, and a space may become available to you.  While there is no guarantee you will get into a class you are wait listed for, it is always better to be wait listed than not registered at all.

You can find the non-credit College Writing Workshop in the course list under the College of Arts and Science and Expository Writing.  Happy registering!