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!

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!

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.


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.


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!

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.