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.

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!

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!

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.


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!

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.


Safety in NYC

Feeling a little nervous about life in the big city? NYU Precollege has you covered. We understand how important safety is to you (and your parents)!

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Check out our important safety info below, and breathe a sigh of relief.

How safe is NYU?
At NYU, your safety is paramount. NYU has a strong security presence on campus. NYU Public Safety handles emergency help and information 24 hours a day.  If you have an emergency on campus, you can call Public Safety at 212-998-2222 or ask a uniformed security guard!  Guards are posted in most NYU buildings, and any building with a green light above the door has a guard on duty 24 hours a day.

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What if I’m off campus?
Around downtown Manhattan, you can also utilize Safe Havens should you have an emergency or need assistance.  Safe Havens (or Emergency Safety Locations) are local businesses that serve as places to go for an NYU community member in distress.  A list of Safe Havens is available online.

Do you have any safety tips for me?
In addition to guards, the Public Safety phone number, and Safe Havens, Public Safety also provides safety tips to students, manages Lost and Found on campus, and provides campus transportation!

What if there’s an emergency?
It’s important to note that, in the case of an emergency, the farther students are from campus, the more difficult it is for NYU Public Safety or other staff to assist you. Don’t forget that in any emergency situation at any location on or off-campus, you can always dial 911.

Am I safe in NYC? 
There’s no need to be scared of the City! Common sense, being aware of your surroundings, and reaching out for help when needed are key to staying safe anywhere, especially in New York. That being said, use your head: NYU Precollege strongly recommends that students plan ahead before venturing off campus and travel with friends. Avoid venturing to unfamiliar places alone or late at night. And be sure to keep that phone battery charged!


Feeling a bit better?

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We knew you would! But feel free to contact us or Public Safety with any additional questions or concerns.

Campus Resources: Tools for Success

NYU has many resources to help you succeed in your classes, and for you to make the most of your time with us this summer! Remember that you will be considered a college student when you are here.  College students are expected to make use of the resources available to them, and to seek help when needed. Of course, we are always available to assist you, but in addition, here are samples of other great resources available to you at NYU.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC)
Located at 18 Washington Place, it is the place to go whenever you have questions about your courses or anything else related to academics while in Precollege. First and foremost, the ARC is home to us, NYU Precollege advising!

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The ARC also offers a variety of academic support resources, including peer tutoring through the University Learning Center, as well as referrals and directions to other academic resources around campus.  There are also computers, a printer, and a variety of study spaces for student use.

Bobst Library
As a Precollege student, you will have access to the striking, 12-story Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. Bobst is the flagship of a 10-library network consisting of over 6.3 million books,  5.7 million microforms, 500,000 government documents, and more than 41,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts. They also provide access to thousands of electronic resources to the NYU community both on-site and around the world via the Internet.

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The research librarians at Bobst can also help you with your course papers and projects. They offer librarians specializing in particular subject areas–their job is to help you find the information you need in order to improve the quality of your academic work.

Along with all that, Bobst features a computer lab and laptop rental service. Other computer labs are also available around campus.

Bobst also features some great study spaces, including some areas that are open 24 hours!

The Wasserman Center for Career Development
It’s never too early to start thinking about your career! Whether you have a pretty good idea what line of work you want to get into or if you have absolutely no idea, career counselors at the Wasserman Center are happy to help you explore the possibilities, and talk about what you can do to stay or get on track.



Scholarships & Financial Aid




Excited about Precollege, but confused about cost? Finances  making you freak out?  Check out our most commonly asked scholarship and financial aid questions below:


Does Precollege offer scholarships or financial aid?
A limited number of scholarships are available to academically qualified students who demonstrate a high level of financial need. Note that international students are NOT eligible for scholarships.

Can I still apply for a scholarship if I haven’t already?
Yes! We have extended the deadline until May 1, 2016.  If you haven’t received the email about submitting the scholarship application, email and we will be happy to send you the information.

I applied for a scholarship but haven’t heard anything yet…what does that mean?
If admitted to NYU Precollege, you must accept your spot in the program; then you will receive an email to your NYU email address with instructions for viewing your scholarship/financial aid award.  All applicants will receive a decision, so if you’ve accepted your spot in the program and not received the email, feel free to email for an update. You can also check your award through your Student Center in NYU Albert.

How much money is available to me?
It depends; awards are based on a family’s financial need AND the number of credits in which you enroll.  It’s important to remember that NYU Precollege scholarships will NOT cover the full cost of the program for any recipients.

Can I reduce the cost of my tuition by dropping a class?
Yes, but be careful: remember that all residential students MUST be enrolled in at least two courses (and at least one must be for credit); commuter students MUST be enrolled in at least one course for credit.

Also be aware that if you reduce the number of courses you are taking, the amount of your scholarship will also change; awards are adjusted to the number of credits in which you’re enrolled. For example, if you anticipated taking 8 credits and were awarded a scholarship based on that amount, but you are now only planning on taking 4 credits, you will not be able to keep your original scholarship amount. To receive your scholarship, you must either register for 8 credits or have your scholarship adjusted for your new number of credits (see next question).  You can view the number of credits you selected on your application by logging into your Student Center.

What if I want to change the number of credits I’m enrolled in?
If your plans have changed and you will not be taking the same number of credits you indicated on your scholarship application, whether more credits or less, please write to with your new course credit total so your scholarship can be adjusted and added to your bill.  Be sure to include that your are an NYU Precollege student as well as your University ID # (N#) in all communications with the university.

I keep seeing this message that says “Enrollment Mismatch”?
If the number of credits you have registered does not match the number of credits you listed on your scholarship application, you may see this message as a hold on your record. For information on how to view your NYU Albert account to see if you have an Enrollment Mismatch hold on your bill, click here. Refer to the previous two questions above for more information. If you have questions, contact

I’ve received a scholarship, but I don’t see it in my student account or e-bill. What does that mean?
Most likely, you have not yet registered completely for your courses. Remember, you must register for the exact number of credits you listed on your scholarship application or your awarded aid will not be added to your account.

I wasn’t awarded a scholarship OR I was awarded a scholarship, but the cost of the program is still too much for me to afford…what can I do?
We understand that cost can be a cause of concern for students; that’s why we set aside money for a select number of scholarships. However, when this just isn’t enough, there are some ways to make the program more affordable:

  • Consider being a commuter student, if possible. This would alleviate the cost of housing and reduce the required course load to one course instead of two.
  • Take only one course for credit. If you must live on campus, then you will be required to take two courses, but only one must be for credit.The second course could be the non-credit college-writing workshop (EXPOS-UA 30), which only has a fee instead of tuition. This could significantly reduce the cost of your overall tuition.
  • Ask your high school counselor.High school counselors can sometimes be aware of local scholarships, grants, or other sources of additional funding for students participating in summer programs. So, don’t be afraid to ask them!
  • Contact our office, for information about other NYU High School programs that may be more affordable.


Meal Plans & Dining Services

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Several dining locations and meal plans will be available on campus to Precollege students this summer. Here’s what you need to know about NYU Dining Services:


Do I need a meal plan?

Residential students are required to have a meal plan of at least 10 meals per week–meal plans cannot be dropped or modified to below 10 meals/week.

For commuters, meal plans are optional, but some students may find participating in a meal plan enhances their college experience and are welcome to sign up for summer dining.

How do I change my meal plan? 

If you live on campus, you will be automatically enrolled in the required minimum meal plan of 10 meals/week, but you have the option of increasing the size of their meal plan.   Information about upgrading or signing up for a meal plan is online.

How does my meal plan work? 

Your NYUCard acts as your dining card.  You swipe your card whenever you get a meal.

What are dining dollars? How do those work? 

Meal plans include dining dollars, which are accepted as cash at NYU dining locations. They work on the same principle as debit cards by swiping your NYUCard. You can use your dining dollars to purchase beverages, snacks, or full meals, and the total amount is subtracted from your balance. Unused dining dollars carry over each week. Unused dining dollars at the end NYU Precollege are not refundable.  Be sure to use all your dining dollars before the program ends!

Where can I go for meals? 

Precollege students will have access to a variety of dining options, ranging from traditional cafeteria-style dining halls (like The Market Place at Kimmel and Weinstein Passport Dining)  to coffee shops and cafes (like Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts). 


When are dining hours?

Dining locations are open every day at various times. For information about specific location hours, check the hours of operation online. Note: When looking at the dining hours schedule, remember that Precollege takes place during Summer Session II.

What if I have dietary restrictions? 

NYU dining options include  gluten-free, vegan, and Kosher options. NYU is also able to make reasonable accommodations for any dietary restrictions you may have. If you need accommodations, please contact the NYU Dining Services Office at  and they will be happy to assist you.

More information about dining is available on the Summer Dining page.

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