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?

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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!

Guide to Precollege Events & Activities

In case you haven’t heard, there are countless NYC-based social activities happening throughout your time at Precollege!


A campus-wide scavenger hunt, Broadway shows, tons of museum exhibits, Yankees games, and trips to iconic NYC sites such as Governor’s Island,  the Empire State Building, and Top of the Rock will all be offered this summer. Sound cool? Don’t miss out! In order to attend these events, students will be required to submit an RSVP form for each week’s upcoming activities.

Here’s how it works:

  • Wednesday: Each Wednesday you’ll receive an email to your NYU email account (be sure to check it!) outlining the events for an upcoming week (Sunday-Saturday), including meeting times and locations and a description of the event itself on our NYU Summer16 Tumblr calendar. This email will also include a link to the RSVP form for the events. As soon as you receive that email, the RSVP form is live. Students are allowed to submit one form each, identifying which events they would like to attend. Please note: You will NOT be able to edit your form responses once the form has been submitted, so choose wisely. Each event has a limited number of spaces available, so keep in mind that you will likely not be able to attend every event that you would like to, especially if it is a ticketed event such as a show or baseball game. That said, we will do our best to make sure everyone gets to attend at least one large group ticketed event this summer.  The RSVP form will stay open until…
  • Tuesday Morning: The RSVP form will close the following Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m., meaning you have 6 full days to respond. After this point you will no longer be able to submit an RSVP for the week’s upcoming events. Once all of the RSVPs are received our team will randomly choose students to attend each event. The rosters for each event will then be sent to the PAs in Founders Hall, who lead each activity, and then…
  • Saturday Morning: By the Saturday before the events, PAs will contact students chosen to attend their events. Because there are a limited number of spots for each event, if you are chosen to attend an activity, but are no longer able to do so, please be sure to reply back to the PAs to cancel your spot! If you forgot to sign up for an event and want to attend, don’t worry! For each event there is the opportunity to “rush,” meaning you can wait at the meeting spot for the event on the day of. If a student who was chosen to attend does not show up, and there is an extra spot available, students will then be drawn in order from the rush list to attend.
  • Rinse & repeat: The process will all begin again each Wednesday throughout Precollege. Because Precollege begins on Sunday, July 3, we will be sending out the first RSVP form on Wednesday, June 22. It is very important that you check your NYU email account if you wish to RSVP for events that will take place: No late requests will be considered after the RSVP form has closed.

What if I don’t get into an event?
You can try to rush it!  Rush lists will be available at the front desk of Founders Hall one hour before any event departure time.  Then, if there any no-shows or last-minute cancellations, the PA running the event will use the rush list to fill spots.

More information about events and the RSVP process will be covered at orientation!

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at!

New Writing Workshop Sections?!

For those of you on a wait list for the College Writing Workshop (or those of you who wish to change your class schedule), we have good news for you.

There are two new sections of EXPOS-UA 30 College Writing Workshop!  Count them: TWO!  You can find them in the online course list under the Expository Writing Department in the College of Arts and Science.  The new section numbers are 074 and 075, and both are scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays.  Also, both have seats available at the time we are publishing this post.

Happy registering!


College 101: American College for International Students

NYU is one of the most diverse universities in America, if not the world! It has the highest number of international students in the US, with about 90 countries represented in the freshman class.

Pictured: Actual NYU students on NYU’s actual campus.

For some of you, this might be your first time in the Unites States and in an American college setting. So, as part of the College 101 series, we are hosting a one-hour session specifically for Precollege international students where we will go over fun and helpful information that you’ll need to know during your time at NYU. For example, we’ll discus the American style class room, debate culture, agreeing and disagreeing, and other topics.

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For example: Debates are typically not settled by rap battle. 

More information about College 101 will be given at the mandatory Precollege Orientation on July 3rd.We hope to see you there!

Great Courses to Consider

By now, you’re probably finalizing your course registration. But if you’re stuck on a waitlist or still looking for a great course with an open seat, try one of these:

CLASS-UA 291: Special Topics in Classics: Science Fiction Before Science 

How would you define science fiction? Are futuristic settings, advanced technologies, and alien worlds fundamental aspects of the genre? If so, what roles can subsequent exploration, discovery, and innovation play in changing our reception of a work as science fiction? In this class, we will read excerpts from a variety of ancient texts, including Homer’s Odyssey, Herodotus’ Histories, and Lucian’s True History alongside modern works by Doris Lessing, Richard Adams, and Ursula K. Le Guin (among others) in order to assess what parallels can be drawn between their respective treatments of technology, history, religion, and culture. Our goal is to work toward a definition of science fiction critically, while paying special attention to the techniques that each author employs in describing and analyzing a world that is not their own.”

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BIOL-UA 8: Living Environment

An issues-oriented course in biology emphasizing the current understanding of fundamental contemporary matters in life and environmental sciences. Covers topics such as evolution, biodiversity, genetic engineering, the human genome, bioterrorism, climate, pollution, and diseases. Examines the interrelationship within living systems and their environments.

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COLIT-UA 132: Delirious Knowledge and Desire in Literature, Film, and Music

At its limit, ecstatic experience threatens to pull you dangerously into the unknown, to destroy your sense of self, to change you in such a way that you can no longer return to what you used to be.


SOC-UA 111: Sociological Theory

Is a society more than the sum of the individuals in it? Does it have its own history of growth and change? Can people work together to change it for the better? Social theory illuminates the ways that individuals are shaped and constrained by the social relations into which they are born, yet social theorists have often argued that existing social relations are unnecessarily harmful, holding out hope for their reform or revolutionary transformation. Sometimes, problems that seem to each individual to be their own personal troubles can only be confronted together, as issues for public debate and action. It is the job of social theory to make the connection from personal trouble to public issue. Above all, social theory shows that inequalities—in workplaces, families, the public sphere, and elsewhere—are not immobile facts of nature but instead can be challenged. In this course, we will delve into some of the foundational (but conflicting!) contributions of social theorists who have sought to understand, first, why society is the way it is and, second, whether and how its harms can be fixed.