New Student FAQs

Welcome Class of 2021!

The information below pertains to new LS students studying in New York City this fall. Visit NYU Next Stop for more information about important dates and deadlines.

New Student Orientation and Welcome Week

When is Orientation?

A mandatory LS Orientation for new students beginning in New York City will be held on campus beginning Monday, August 28, 2017. You will meet your LS classmates, your academic advisor, and get to know all that LS has to offer you.

NYU’s Student Resource Center also hosts Welcome Week featuring all-university programs and marquee events for new students during the same week.

Where can I find my schedule for Orientation?

All LS Orientation and NYU Welcome Week information will be made available via the NYU Guide mobile app. In early August, you will receive an email from your advisor with information about downloading NYU Guide and accessing your LS Orientation schedule.

When is the first day of class?

The first day of class for students in New York City is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Please refer to the NYU Academic Calendar for additional important dates.

Health and Immunizations Policies

For NYU's policy on health requirements for incoming students, including insurance and immunization records, consult the Student Health Center. Visit the Student Health Center’s information page for parents for more information on student health services, including a Parent Webinar that answers common questions.


Where do I get an NYU ID card?

New students beginning in New York City* can arrange for an NYUCard online, or obtain the NYUCard after arriving to campus for Orientation.

*Students studying away for their first year will receive their NYUCard after arrival in Florence, London, Paris, or Washington, DC. The LS Office of Global Programs will provide additional instructions about this process.

Course Registration and Course Schedules

For information about how to register, visit New Student Registration, the LS Academic Advising guide for students beginning in New York City.

When do I register for Fall classes?

In June. New students beginning in New York City* will receive an email (to their NYU account) in late May, with information from the LS Academic Advising team regarding the registration process. The email will include important links to guide you as you register for classes:

  1. An instructional video that will teach you how to use Albert (NYU's Student Information System) in order to register.
  2. A comprehensive Liberal Studies Fall Semester Registration Handbook. The Handbook will include everything you need to know about your fall semester class options and the registration process (e.g., dates, details). It will also include contact information for your Liberal Studies Academic Advisor. You should contact your academic advisor as necessary with any questions.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION: NYU requires that all students provide both a cell phone number and an emergency contact number (including an option for an international emergency phone number) before they are registered for fall coursework. If you have not done so already, you will have to first activate your NetID to log into your NYUHome account. In NYUHome, click on the "Academics" tab, and click on "Student Login" to access Albert and update your cell phone number and emergency contact number.
*Students studying away for their first year will receive separate registration instructions from the LS Office of Global Programs.

Who will my advisor be?

You will receive information in late May about fall semester registration. Soon thereafter, you will be contacted by your academic advisor. This professional staff advisor will work closely with you on all administrative aspects of your LS experience, help you navigate the complexities of the larger university, and help you identify resources to support your needs. Later, you will meet your LS faculty mentor. Your faculty mentor will engage you in conversations about the curriculum, its relation to your degree plans, and its impact on lifelong intellectual and professional pursuits.

Where can I get my course schedule?

You will be able to find your student schedules in NYU Albert once you have registered for classes.

  • To connect to Albert go to NYUHome.
  • Log in using your NetID and password.
  • On the page that opens, click the "Academics" tab.
  • In the Albert channel on the left side of screen that opens, click "Student Login," then click "Registration."
  • Then click "Student Schedule" to view your schedule.

When is winter break?

For students beginning in New York City*, winter recess begins on Saturday, December 23, 2017, and spring 2018 classes begin on Monday, January 22, 2018.

*Students studying away for their first year away can find the academic calendar for their global site at Liberal Studies First Year Away.


When can I move into my residence hall?

Sunday, August 27, 2017 is NYU Residence Hall Move-In in New York City.

When is the housing deposit deadline? How much is the housing deposit?

To reserve housing, you must submit a housing deposit of $1,000; and it must be received no later than May 1, 2017. For more information about living at NYU in Washington Square, please visit consult the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services.

I have specific questions about student housing or residence life; who can I contact?

Please contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services at 212-998-4600 or


How much is tuition, room, and board?

For more information about tuition, room, and board, please contact the Office of the Bursar at 212-998-2806.

When will the tuition bills be sent out to students?

Tuition bills will not be mailed to students. You will be billed electronically. Please refer to NYU Office of the Bursar's eSuite.

When is my tuition due?

Please check the Office of the Bursar's website for the due dates for tuition, fees and housing payment. DO NOT mail a check to Liberal Studies or to the Office of the Bursar. You will be billed electronically. For more payment and billing information, visit NYU Office of the Bursar's eSuite.

Can I pay tuition with a credit card?

There is a list of tuition payment options online, including electronic payments, wire transfers, and installment plans.

I have questions about my financial aid award; who can I contact?

For information on financial aid or to speak to a financial aid counselor, contact the NYU Office of Financial Aid at 212-998-4444 or by email:

Parents & Families

When is NYU Parents Day?

NYU Parents Day (for parents and families of all first-year students and sophomore students returning from FYA) will be held on October 21, 2017 at the Washington Square campus. Other questions? Review important resources for parents and families of NYU students.

First Year Away Students

Are you a new student studying at NYU in Florence, London, Paris, or Washington, DC this fall? Dates, orientation, and welcome programs vary by global academic center. Please visit Liberal Studies First Year Away or contact for details specific to your site.