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As we end our first full week of the semester, students are 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, commuting, planning for breaks, flu shots, NYU Mobile, Parents Day, and NYU's "Be Safe" initiative.  

September Deadlines

  • 15: Last day to add/change meal plans for Fall 2015 (students access through (meal plan portal)
  • 15: Priority deadline for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to submit online applications for Spring study away at one of NYU's global academic centers. Click for more information >>
  • 30: Last day to select/waive student health insurance for Fall 2015. Click for more >>
  • For additional dates, download the 2015-16 Calendar (pdf)

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 until September 15 through the Meal Plan portal. 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. Be sure to save the handy "Meal-Tracker" to help gauge your student's usage throughout the semester to insure they are using meals in a timely way. Additional details are available at

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. 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.

Commuter Life

With Welcome Week having come and gone, new commuters should have connected with a Commuter Assistant and taken advantage of the many programs offered during their first weeks at NYU. Later this semester, NYU will be opening another Commuter Lounge that will provide students with an additional place to connect, relax, and study between classes. Located in the Hayden Residence Hall, the building also includes a dining hall open to all students. For programs, resources, and services, visit the Student Resource Center's Commuter and Off-Campus Services page.

Planning for Breaks

We understand the importance of advance planning for travel, especially during class breaks. Below is a list of class breaks. As a reminder, residence halls remain open during all breaks. Note that this year students will have a one-day fall break (instead of two), although the day has been added to the Thanksgiving Recess with students on break from Wednesday to Sunday.

  • October 12: Fall Break -- no classes for students. University offices open.
  • November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break -- University offices will be open on Wednesday and closed Thursday and Friday.
  • December 17-23: Fall exam period*
  • December 24: Winter Break begins and continues until January 25, 2016 unless students attend classes during the optional January Session (January 4-22).

* 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.


64% of NYU parents are aware that flu can affect their students' academic performance. College is tough enough -- the last thing your student needs is to get sick with the flu. Highly contagious, it can lead to fever, head and body aches, sore throat, and other symptoms. Flu can interfere with classes, exams and winter travel plans. What's the best way to avoid getting the flu? Get vaccinated! For dates, times, and locations for FREE flu vaccines:

For Parents Only

For our new parents who missed the "For Parents Only" presentation on NYU Welcome Day / Move-In Day, or those who just want to see it again, an online version is available by clicking here.

Parents Day, October 24

Parents of new freshmen and transfers, as well as our parents of students transitioning from abroad sites, are invited to attend this annual 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 by September 18th, however you may sign-up for a reminder email on the Parents Day web page.

NYU Mobile

Students are more and more connected to their mobile devices, so NYU has introduced NYU Mobile to help with real-time shuttle tracking, enhanced Safe Ride features, NYU Classes, University events, job postings on CareerNet, campus maps, the NYU Directory, emergency notifications, and more. Visit

Discount Hotels

Whether you're planning a visit for Parents Day or any other day, NYU's Office of Undergraduate Admissions has partnered with a number of hotels to offer our guests year-round discounted rates for their stay while visiting New York City. To view the list and make reservations, click here.  

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Be Safe

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 to review safety and preparedness at NYU and note the important offices below.
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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.

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