We've all been enjoying the odd November weather with temperatures being very spring-like here in NYC. Hopefully this has led to some well-deserved break time for students as midterms end and the count down to the Thanksgiving Break begins. This month's issue includes some reminders about the upcoming break, travel, planning for the end of the semester, and Spring semester planning. As always, we welcome ideas and topics you would like to see shared in this monthly communication.
For returning parents, this year's break includes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, giving students an extra day for the holiday. As a reminder, NYU residence halls will remain open throughout the break. University offices will close at 4pm on November 25. If your student is staying on-campus during the break, the Student Resource Center's Thanksgiving Break Guide, which includes information on campus events, facility hours, and things to do in NYC, will available Monday, November 23. Click here for a PDF of dining hours during the break.
For our families living in the NY Metro area, the university community has been invited to host students in their homes on Thanksgiving through our Holiday Host Program - for more information and to sign up, click here >>.
It's never too early to plan ahead. Students have three major airports to choose from in the NYC area, with a variety of transportation options, including taxi, car service, bus, train, and subway. For information on getting to and from local airports, click here >>
Now is a good time to determine the number of meals your student should have remaining to get through the end of the semester. Dining Services has put together a Flex Meal Tracker (PDF) to help manage meal usage. Information is also available through the Campus Cash and Meal Plan Guest Portal >>
The flu can interfere with classes, exams and winter travel plans. The best way for your student to avoid getting the flu is to GET VACCINATED! In addition to appointments through Allergy and Immunology at the Student Health Center (billed to insurance or paid out of pocket), there's one more chance this fall for your student to get the flu vaccine for FREE. Click here for information.
Is your student planning to study away next semester? We know that the preparing to study in another city is exciting but can also be overwhelming so we've compiled an online resource specifically for parents - the Parents' Page of the NYU Global Programs website. There you'll read about the parents role in preparing students for study away, review resources about health and wellness, find suggestions for staying in touch, and link out to the term and site-specific admitted student blogs. We also encourage you to learn more about your student's study away location by choosing the city on the homepage of the NYU Global Programs website. As your student prepares to leave New York for the semester, if they live on campus at Washington Square and wondering what to do with their stuff while away, the Student Resource Center has put together a list of storage, moving, and shipping resources to assist with the process. Click here for more >>
If your student is traveling abroad during the winter break or spring semester, they can have a Travel Medicine consultation at the Student Health Center now. Click here for information and appointments.
The registration period for the Spring 2016 semester begins on Monday, November 16. Registration for some courses can be competitive, and students typically make an effort to submit their course choices as early as possible. Students should be encouraged to contact their adviser if they have not already done so to ensure they are able to register at their scheduled date/time. Also note that students with outstanding balances may be blocked from registering and were recently notified of their status, which can also be checked on NYU's e-Suite or via NYU Albert. Read more on the process >>
Living in the residence halls provides an invaluable complement to a student's academic career, allowing students to connect with people, places, and the city. Applications are now available for the Spring Semester via the housing forms page, available through the NYUHome. For more information, explore the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services website. Apply by November 20 for guaranteed housing.
NYU's optional three-week January Term gives students the opportunity to take full advantage of the month-long winter break by taking courses for major/minor credit or to explore a new academic interest. January Term offers students the chance to get ahead or catch up with their degree progress without the distractions of internships, work, club responsibilities, and the other usual demands on their time during the regular terms. Course registration for January Term is now open, and financial aid is available.
NYU Commencement has been confirmed for Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately, because we rely on outside venues, NYU school-specific ceremonies are still waiting to confirm their time, date and locations. The most recent update is that information will be posted on the Commencement page, www.nyu.edu/commencement, in December.
For our new NYU parents, if you were able to attend the October Alumni and Parents Day program, we want to hear from you. Take our survey >>.
Fall Exams are December 17-23 with Winter Recess beginning December 24. Now's a good time to have your student review their exam schedule to help with scheduling of travel plans. Note that residence halls will remain open through the winter break, however students who will be studying abroad in the Spring will be required to move-out of their residence hall at the end of the term. More details will be available in December.
Each year we communicate to students about preparedness during inclement weather, campus emergencies, or 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 www.nyu.edu/besafe 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.
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 also a great resource for parents if you need some advice on helping your student. Call 212-443-9999.
Both numbers are located on the back of all student ID cards.