Finals, Grades, & Transcripts

As the end of the Precollege approaches, many of you are preparing for finals and the end of term. So how do you prepare for finals and what comes after?

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We know you did, Michelle. We’re very proud of you.


How do I get a copy of my NYU transcript? 

Information on how to obtain an official copy of your transcript, or to have one mailed to you or your home institution in a sealed envelope, can be found on the NYU Registrar’s website. Be sure to wait until your final grades have been recorded before requesting a transcript.

When will I get my final grades?

Note that some professors may take longer to post your grade than others. You should make sure all your grades are posted before requesting a copy of your transcript. To do so, you may check your record in Albert. Should more than a week go by with a missing grade, you can contact your professor directly.

We wish you the best of luck with all finals and final projects! As always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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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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!

When to Arrive


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Feeling confused about move in? Don’t be like Bieber; check out the info below and get informed!

When do I arrive? Where do I go?

Sunday, July 3
NYU Precollege officially kicks off on Sunday, July 3 with move-in and orientation.

  • Move-in: Residential students should plan to move into Founders Hall between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.   If you need to arrive in New York before Sunday, you will need to arrange for your own accommodations; students will NOT be able to move into the residence hall prior to July 3.
  • Mandatory Orientation: All Precollege students, residential and commuter, must attend the mandatory orientation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.  We will cover important information ranging from academic expectations, safety in the City, program policies, campus resources, and much more.  This orientation is for students. A separate parent orientation will be offered at the same time.


When do I have to leave?

Friday, August 12
The last day of NYU Precollege is Friday, August 12.

  • Last Day of Class: Friday, August 12 is the last day of class, although most students will be done with classes that Wednesday or Thursday, depending on their class schedules.
  • Move-out: All students living on campus must check out of Founders Hall no later than 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12.  Most students will not have class that day.  If you need to remain in New York after August 12, you must arrange for your own accommodation; students will not be able to extend their stays in Founders Hall.

Did I apply for housing…and can I still apply?

As a reminder, if you are interested in living on campus, you would have indicated as much in your application for admission, and additional communication was emailed to you. If you did not answer “yes” to on-campus housing in your application, but would now like to be considered, write to to let us know.  More information about Housing is available in the Housing page above.

This is a lot of information to digest, so as always, feel free to contact us with any questions!

Course Registration 101

Course registration for NYU Precollege is open!  Be sure to activate your NYU NetID and set a password before you log-in to NYUHome to register.

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Here are some tips before you start registering:

  1. Research: Carefully read over the course offerings and descriptions so you know exactly which courses you want to take.
  2. Explore: Pick more than one course that interests you. A good place to start is to consider possible majors. Talking to your guidance counselors at school can also be helpful.
  3. Have a backup: Courses fill up quickly, so it is a good idea to have second-choice courses in case your first choice is full or wait listed.Consider taking a variety of subjects to keep you interested and challenged throughout the full six weeks of the program.
  4. Check for Pre-Reqs: Most Precollege classes require no previous experience, but if a course has a prerequisite that you believe you’ve met, complete the Enrollment Request Form, and we will be happy to evaluate your eligibility to enroll in that course. Note that you must be logged into your NYU email account (your NetID) to access this form.
  5. Know yourself: Create a schedule that works for you. If you’re an early riser, register for courses beginning before noon. If you find waking up is hard to do, try courses offered later in the day.
  6. Read: Check out the registration tips and information available on the blog.
  7. Ask questions: If you have any questions about courses or subjects, contact us!  We’re happy to help guide you with course selection.

Confused by Albert?  The NYU Registrar has awesome online guides on how to use Albert and register for classes.  Still confused? Contact us and we can help you further