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First Year Parents

Congratulations on your student’s acceptance.  Now is an exciting time as your student begins the next phase of their life as a college student at New York University.  We know that the coming months will be filled with anxiety and excitement as you begin planning for those first days at NYU. 

It’s a major step for many students as they move into adulthood, and equally as big for you as a parent taking a step back from your daily involvement. Preparing for your student’s first days at NYU is an exciting process; which can at times feel overwhelming. We hope you will find these resources helpful as you prepare for those first days at NYU.  We are pleased to welcome your family as part of NYU and look forward to sharing these next years together.

We also hope you will be able to join us at one or more of our parent programs, including the summer New Student Sendoffs, NYU Welcome Day in August and/or Parents Day in October.

Using the Parent Website

The pages found here, as well as those throughout the NYU website, provide guidance for parents at the various stages of their student's engagement with the University. We invite you to explore the tabs above, return as often as you like, and hope they prove helpful as your son or daughter moves through this important chapter in their life.


Books for Parents of College Students

For many parents, letting go and preparing for not only your adjustment, but your student's adjustment as they move into the next phase of life can be emotional. There are a variety of helpful books available to help you with the transition, as well as your student's, as they begin their college life.

  • The Parents’ Survival Guide to Freshman Year of College (Borden, Burlinson and Kearns)
  • Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years (Coburn & Treeger)
  • When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents’ Survival Guide (Barkin)
  • Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years (Johnson & Schelhas-Miller)
  • You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years (Savage)
  • Success and Sanity of the College Campus: A Guide for Parents (Trevouledes and Grieger)
  • A Father's Letters to His College Daughters (Courtier)
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Next Stop NYU

Beginning in April, and continuing throughout the summer, students will receive a variety of mailings from their school or department, the university, housing (if living on campus), commuter programs (if living off campus or at home), and the health center.

These will include important dates and information on school orientations, registration, advisement, health information forms, Welcome Week programs, commuter and residential programming, and a variety of other details to help your student prepare for their arrival in August.

Our advice for you is to keep all of the mailings received throughout the summer in the same place so you can refer back to them as needed. For a listing of many of these communications visit

NYU Welcome Day / Move-In Day

Sunday, August 28, 2016 is NYU Welcome Day for new students and parents. This day complements Residence Hall Move-In with a Parent Welcome and Information Fair. New undergraduate students and their family members are invited to stop by the Kimmel Center for refreshments, information, and to meet representatives from various NYU offices and organizations, and students can pick up their NYU ID. Read more »»

Books for Parents of College Students
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