Parents e-Newsletter

As the first week of classes in New York come to a close, we hope your student is beginning to settle into their new routine of classes, feeling more comfortable about getting around, and hopefully taking advantage of opportunities to become engaged in campus activities. This month's topics include date and deadline reminders, information about meal plans, roommate relations, religious observance policy, planning for breaks, Parents Day, and NYU StudentLink. As always, if we can be of assistance, please let us know.

September Deadlines for New York
Meal Plans

By now, students should have some idea of how often they will be using their meal plan. Changes to the meal plan can be made online until September 20. For students in first year residence halls, be sure to note the minimum plan required based on traditional or apartment style living. You may refer to the NYU Dining Guide for helpful information on meal plan options, dining locations, special needs, and important dates and deadlines.  Visit

Roommate Relations

Living with a roommate can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a student's college career, often resulting in life-long friendships. However, at times, it can have its challenges - especially for so many students who may have grown up having their own space. The Department of Residential Life and Housing Services has provided a Roommate Connections Handbook which contains useful information on developing positive relationships, as well as other resources should conflict arise between students -- read more >>

Students have also been educated about strategies to help them negotiate a positive living environment through an initiative called THRIVE -- click to view the video. If you have questions or concerns, professional staff are also available within each hall. Visit your student's residence hall web page for a list of contacts by building.

Religious Holidays & Class Attendance

The Parent Helpline often receives calls about student attendance around religious holidays. We value the diversity of our students and their beliefs, however, New York University, as a nonsectarian institution, adheres to the general policy of including in its official calendar only certain legal holidays. It has also long been University policy that members of any religious group may, without penalty, absent themselves from classes when compliance with their religious obligations requires it. Please refer to the policy to assist your student -- read more >>.

Planning for Breaks

We understand the importance of advance planning for travel, especially during class breaks. Below is a list of class breaks for New York. As a reminder, residence halls remain open during all breaks.

  • October 10: Fall Break -- No classes for students. University offices open.
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break -- No Classe scheduled. University offices will be open on Wednesday and closed on Thursday and Friday.
  • December 19-23: Fall exam period*
  • December 24: Winter Break begins and continues until January 22, 2017 unless students attend classes during the optional January Session (January 3-20, 2017).
  • For additional calendars, click the Parent Resources page on the right

* Students should also check their course syllabus or consult with their professor to confirm exam schedules as some classes may finish prior to exam week -- click for the exam schedule.

Parent Welcome Video Presentation

For our new parents who were unable to attend the Parent Welcome presentations on NYU Welcome Day / Move-In Day, or those who just want to see it again, an online version is available here.

NYU StudentLink Center

The StudentLink Center is NYU's approach to student services. Our counselors are trained professionals who can answer questions from a cross-disciplinary approach. Instead of asking multiple people in multiple places, ask us once! Visit

Be Safe

Each year we communicate to students about preparedness during inclement weather, campus emergencies, and other important safety information, both in New York and our away sites. We ask that you help us reinforce this information with your student. Visit to review safety and preparedness at NYU and note the important offices below.

For both emergency and non-emergency situations, assistance is available through the Department of Public Safety Command Center, 24 hours, seven days a week. Be sure to add 212.998.2222 to your contact list and visit

Also note that the Wellness Exchange has professional counselors available 24/7 to assist students who are in crisis or just need to talk. Counselors are a great resource for parents should you need some advice on helping your student. Call 212-443-9999. Both numbers are located on the back of all student ID cards.

Parents Day, October 22

Parents of new first year and transfer students, as well as our parents of students transitioning from abroad sites, are invited to attend this one-day program. The day begins with a morning academic session hosted by the undergraduate school or program in which your student attends, followed by afternoon workshops, and concludes with a reception hosted by the NYU Parents' Council.

Registration will open the week of September 19, however you may sign-up for a reminder email on the Parents Day click on the right side of page.