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.


Tips for Commuter Students

Last week, we posted some tips for residential students about dorm living. But we know not everyone who attends Precollege is a residential student. Therefore, we’re happy to present this celebrity guest blog post featuring real tips from a real commuter student and PA, Daniel.


Establish boundaries at home. For those of you commuting from home and living with your family, it’s important to have conversations about this transition. It can be difficult to balance home life and academic life, and if you don’t take the time to explain that you stay on campus late to study or finish an assignment, for example, it can turn into additional stress that you shouldn’t have to deal with. Remember, the transition from taking high school to college courses isn’t just a transition for you.
Take advantage of available spaces. The Commuter Lounge on the second floor of Kimmel is a great place to study, relax, eat, and everything else. The Student Resource Center (Kimmel 210, right behind the Commuter Lounge) has access to printing, computers, a microwave and fridge, and tons of other resources. Ask around for people’s favorite places on campus – there are a lot to take advantage of!
Attend programs! It can be difficult to feel as connected to campus when you’re commuting, but one surefire way to meet new people and feel that connection is to attend programs. They’re put on just for you, and they’re tons of fun! Put yourself out there and take a break from studying and classes – everyone needs one.
Budget some cushion time into your morning commute. As anyone who has taken the train in NYC will tell you – things happen. Delays, reroutes, and service changes can happen without warning. Always plan to leave a little earlier in the morning to save yourself the stress of running late to class. Plus, if you get here early, you have time to grab some coffee or breakfast!
Bring your chargers with you. You never know when you’ll need to charge your devices, and it can be difficult to find chargers on campus. Bring your chargers for your laptop, phone, and anything else you’ll need – especially if you need your phone to communicate with people back home.
If you take NJ Transit, use the student discount. Go to NYUHome > NYU Life > NJ Transit (on the left) and enroll in the Student Pass program.
Build in extra commute time: you never know what might happen on the subway…
Remember: many students commute to NYU– you are not alone! Take advantage of the resources available to you and, as always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Campus Resource: Center for Spiritual Life

One of the best things about NYU is that it is such a diverse and welcoming community.For example, if you are a person of faith, or even just curious about faith, you can find support and services at NYU no matter what your spiritual or religious background.

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The NYU Global Center for Spiritual and Academic Life, located at 238 Thompson Street, is a great place for students to get resources on religious and spiritual life on campus and around New York City. We encourage any student who is seeking spiritual support to visit the Center, which hosts 70 chaplain affiliates of various faiths and groups. You can learn more about the Center and its offerings by visiting in person, or emailing with any questions.


Want to work on mindfulness and self-care? MindfulNYU will be offering yoga classes three times a week until August 10th. These classes are taught by certified, dynamic, and experienced teachers from all over the city. Classes focus not just on physical fitness and health but also on connecting to our center and finding peace through meditation-in-movement. Classes require a current NYU ID (which you will have!). Mats are first-come, first-served. You can also find out more about MindfulNYU on their Facebook page.


Dorm Living…with a Roommate

Many of you will be living on campus, and for some, this may be the first time you live on your own away from home. Living in a college dorm can be a very rewarding experience, as there can be a sense of community, and all around fun! But living in a dorm is not like living in a hotel. You will be responsible for yourself, and there are some things you should be aware of.


First, there are residence hall rules that all students must follow. We will go over some of these at the Precollege Orientation on July 3rd, and your Program Assistants, or P.A.s, who will be living in the residence hall with you, will have hall meetings to go over important things you should know when living on campus.

Next, you will have a roommate. Roommates are randomly assigned so we cannot take or make any special requests. For many college students, their roommate is their first friend on campus. As you will both be new to the NYU environment, feel free to explore the university together! However, every now and then, two individuals living as roommates with one another may not be the perfect fit, but there are ways to make it work. Here are some tips from NYU Residential Life for successfully living with your roommate:

A dissimilar roommate doesn’t have to mean “unadulterated loathing.”

1. You roommate does not need to be your best friend.  Two different people with different interests can live together and learn from each other.  Have respect and an open mind, and your chances of developing a solid roommate connection are strong.

2. Living with someone is not just about the stuff in your room. Being flexible, respectful, and communicating are key elements to a roommate relationship.

3. Compromise.  Discuss with your roommate at the start of the program how you want the room to be set up; how technology such as phones and laptops will be used (Are you okay answering each other’s phones? Should you use headphones when watching Netflix? How will you keep your stuff safe in the room?); what you would like to share or not share; when it is okay to have friends in the room and when there can be quiet study time, etc. Talking things out and making decisions together will help a lot in establishing a roommate relationship and guidelines for your living situation.

4. Communicate!  Of all things, this is the most important thing you can do to help foster a strong roommate relationship.  If you have a concern or a conflict occurs, it can get ugly fast if roommates do not talk to one another, start complaining to others, or you expect your roommate to just know when something is wrong.  Do not lapse into assumptions about your roommate’s behavior–there are always more layers to a person than meets the eye.  Do not gossip–it just lets the problem continue, spreads negativity, and keeps your roommate in the dark.  Say what you mean–dancing around an issue may confuse your roommate, and it rarely gets to the core of the concern.  Finally, agreeing to politely disagree is also a solution sometimes.

5. Reach out to your P.A.  Your P.A.s are worldly experts in the field of roommate relations.  If you have concerns about your roommate or need help figuring out how to address a conflict, ask your P.A.!  They are there to help you, can give you guidance, and can even help facilitate discussions between you and your roommate if you need.

So remember, as anxious or excited as you are feeling about living with someone new during Precollege,  your roommate is feeling the same way!  Be respectful, communicate openly and directly, and be flexible, and you and your roommate will live happily ever after.

Who knows? You might even find that your roommate has changed you–for good.

College 101: Wellness 101

College is a great time, but it can also be stressful. Sometimes managing classes, homework, exams, a social life, getting enough sleep, exercise, the hustle and bustle of New York City, and everything else that goes on in life can seem overwhelming!

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Everyone responds to stress in different ways. The Wellness 101 session of our College 101 series is designed to equip you with tools and resources you’ll need to have to best manage all the demands of being a college student. We’ll share tips on how to make sure you take needed breaks; have a buddy or someone to talk to; and take care of your physical well being by getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising. Because we want to see you succeed and make the most of your NYU experience, this session of College 101 is mandatory. For your convenience, multiple sessions will be scheduled throughout the summer; you’ll be able to RSVP through the events calendar when you arrive at Precollege.

As a reminder, here at NYU there are many resources on campus available for you. Some of these include:

The Wellness Exchange (212-443-9999)
The Student Health Center
The Writing Center
The University Learning Center
Your Professors
Your academic adviser and the University Programs Team

So don’t stress; come to Wellness 101!

Open Courses!

While many people have finalized their course schedules, some of you may still be looking for course recommendations. Maybe you’ve been procrastinating registering for courses (tut tut); maybe you are 4th on a waitlist for a popular course and need a good alternative; maybe you just are completely overwhelmed and have no idea what to take. Whatever your story, here are some recommendations for some great Precollege courses that still have open seats, conveniently sorted by interest rather than subject.


So, if you’re interested in…

The arts (Music, Dance, Theater), try:

  • MUSIC-UA 100 Music of New York
  • OART-UT 804 Modern Dance: Mind Body Knowledge and Expression
  • FMTV-UT 1083 Intro to Special Effects Make-Up

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

History or cultural studies, try:

  • SCA-UA 608 Urban Cultural Life
  • EAST-UA 950 Topics in Asian Studies: East Asia in Western Travel Writing 1850-1940s
  • MEIS-UA 690 The Emergence of The Modern Middle East
  • MEIS-UA 798 Topics in Modern Middle Eastern Culture: Music and Society Through the Lens of Literature & Cinema
  • SOC-UA 471 Politics, Power, and Society

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Pop culture and society, try:

  • SCA-UA 157 Hip Hop & Politics
  • SCA-UA 608 Urban Cultural Life
  • IDSEM-UG 1494 Monsters in Popular Culture

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Human nature, behavior, or the human body:

  • CAMS-UA 110 The Science of Happiness
  • ANTH-UA 2 Human Evolution
  • ANTH-UA 3 Archaeology: Early Societies & Culture
  • ANTH-UA 326 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • SOC-UA 1 Intro to Sociology
  • OC-UA 301 Research Methods
  • APSY-UE 2 Introduction to Psychology and Its Principles
  • SOC-UA 471 Politics, Power, and Society
  • PHIL-UA 21 History of Modern Philosophy
  • STS-UY 1002 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • BIOL-UA 4 Human Physiology
  • JOUR-UA 505 Issues and Ideas: Writing the Body

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Ethics or law, try:

  • PHIL-UA 21 History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL-UA 50 Medical Ethics
  • SOC-UA 471 Politics, Power, and Society
  • SOC-UA 503 Criminology

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Reading and literature, try:

  • CLASS-UA 404 Classical Mythology
  • CLASS-UA 291 Special Topics in Classics: Science Fiction Before Science
  • THEA-UT 705 Realism & Naturalism: European Origins
  • IDSEM-UG 1494 Monsters in Popular Culture

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Movies & film, try:

  • COLIT-UA 132 Topics: Ecstasy: Desire in Lit, Film
  • MEIS-UA 798 Topics in Modern Middle Eastern Culture: Music and Society Through the Lens of Literature & Cinema
  • FMTV-UT 1095 Producing for Film

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Writing and storytelling, try:

  • SPAN-UA 551 Topics: Nueva York/New York: Writing the City
  • JOUR-UA 21 Report New York
  • JOUR-UA 202 Methods and Practice: Pop NY, The Personal Essay
  • JOUR-UA 505 Issues and Ideas: Writing the Body

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

The environment and nature, try:

  • BIOL-UA 8 Living Environment
  • ENVST-UA 100 Environmental Systems Science

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Math, engineering, or business, try:

  • MATH-UA 140 Linear Algebra
  • MATH-UA 233 Theory of Probability
  • G-UY 1003 Introduction to Engineering and Design
  • MA-UY 1124 Calculus II for Engineers
  • MA-UY 1424 Integrated Calculus II for Engineers
  • UPADM-GP 242 The Business of Nonprofit Management
  • STS-UY 1002 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • FMTV-UT 1095 Producing for Film

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Computers & programming, try:

  • CSCI-UA 2 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • CSCI-UA 4 Introduction to Web Design and Computer Principles
  • FMTV-UT 1123 Internet Design

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Learning a new language, try:

  • EAST-UA 201 Elementary Chinese I
  • EAST-UA 247 Elementary Japanese I
  • FREN-UA 1 Elemen French Level I
  • SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners- Level I
  • GERM-UA 20 Intensive Intermediate German
  • ITAL-UA 20 Intensive Intermediate Italian

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Bonus  Blogger’s Pick: CAMS-UA 110 The Science of Happiness

This is one of our most popular courses at NYU every fall and spring, which “examines the state of college-student mental health and wellness” by looking at “how individuals can create positive change by reinterpreting their goals and identifying steps toward a successful college experience.”



Dude, Where’s My Class?

So you’re registered for classes. Excellent! But…where are they being held? NYU can seem like a concrete jungle within a concrete jungle, but don’t worry–by the time you finish reading this entry, you’ll be an expert at finding your away around campus.

Dude…where IS your class?

How do I find out where my class is being held?

The first thing to do is to log into your NYUHome account, and pull up your class schedule via the Student Services Center in Albert. Your schedule will tell you where your classes are being held. Easy right? Well…except that it says something along the lines of “269M 206.” How is anyone supposed to know what that means?

What do the codes mean?

First, you’ll need to look up the building code (the “269M” mentioned above) to find out which building your class is in. Then, find your building on the NYU campus map. You can use the interactive map or download a PDF map with a key.

Going back to the example from above, “269M 206″ means this class will meet at 269 Mercer Street, Room 206.  Eureka!  You now know where to be for your first day of class.

What if I’m taking engineering courses?

Students taking classes at the Tandon School of Engineering can find directions to our Brooklyn campus online here.

Is there an App for all this?

Of course. You can access a campus map (and more!) by downloading the NYU Mobile App.