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NYU Welcome Day

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Each fall, NYU hosts NYU Welcome Day for new undergraduate students and their family members. Organized around residence hall move-in times,  parents and students are invited to stop by for refreshments, information, and to meet representatives from various NYU departments. It's a great place to meet other parents and students, take a break, get a bite, pick up some free stuff, and ask questions.  Note that there are no programs for parents beyond this day unless otherwise indicated.  Students in residence will meet for floor meetings at 7:00 pm which is a good time to say goodbyes.

NYU Kimmel Center front entrance with a taxi cab passing in front

AUG 13th: Get the NYU App for Move-In Day.


What To Do at Washington Square

The following are anticipated events.  The most up to date information will be availble upon arrival to NYU and on the NYU Mobile Application beginning August 13th.

Pick-Up Your NYUCard (Student ID)

For students who submitted their photo online, NYUCards will be available for pick up throughout the day. For students arriving in New York prior to Move-In Day, IDs will be available at the Public Safey Office Card Services (click for location and hours).

  • Kimmel Center, 2nd Floor, 8:00am to 5:30pm

Grab a Bite and Take Break

Stop by the Kimmel Market Place for a complementary light continental breakfast or lunch and take a break between moving-in, running errands, and all the other things to do! 

  • Kimmel Center, 3rd Floor, 8:00am to 5:30pm

Visit the Information Fair

This is a great place to meet with representatives from NYU offices and organizations, speak with local banks, and take a photo at the NYU Alumni Photo Booth. Additionally, new students can pick-up their free NYU t-shirt at the Welcome Week table (also the first few days of the week).

Participating departments include:

Parent Resources, Commuter and Off Campus Student Programs, Dining Services, Campus Cash, Wasserman Center for Career Development, Public Safety, Transfer Student Programs, Inter-Residence Hall Council, Student Health Center, Wellness Exchange, NYU Information Technology (NYU IT), Center for Spiritual Life, Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, Center for Student Life, Global Programs, Center for Sustainability, NYUBookstores, Office of Global Services, Academic Resource Center, NYU StudentLink, and local banks.

  • Kimmel Center, 4th Floor, 8:30am to 5:30pm

Pick-Up Pre-Ordered Linens 

For students ordering from Our Campus Market (OCM), items will be available for pick-up behind Bobst Library.

  • Behind Bobst Library on W. 3rd Street near LaGuardia Place, 8:00am to 6:00pm

Meet with the Chef:  Discuss Allergen and Dietary Restrictions

Chef Michael Wilson and Aramark's registered dietician will guide students and parents through on-campus dining options and answer any questions.

  • Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 3rd Floor, Room 361;  9:00-9:30am; 11-11:30am; 1-1:30pm  (entrance also available from the 3rd floor in Kimmel)

Attend the Parent Welcome

Parents (only) of new undergraduates are invited to a 45 minute Welcome to the University that will include an overview of the coming weeks for new students, tips for what to expect during your student’s first year, and information about how parents can best access university offices and resources. This optional program will be offered throughout the day on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Skirball Center for Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place (east side of the Kimmel Center).
  • 10:00am | 12:00pm | 2:00pm | 4:00pm

Parents of Students of Color Welcome Reception and Panel

Parents, are you wondering where your student can go for advising, health, career, safety or general student life concerns? Then please join us for an informational panel about the resources available to students of color and international students across the university. Refreshments will be served immediately after the panel and all parents are invited to tour the NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs.

  • Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street, 5th Floor Colloquium Room (entrance is also available by taking the crossover on the 5th floor of the Kimmel Center)
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm or 5:00 - 6:30pm

Other Parent Programs 

A number of school and department specific open houses, receptions, and presentations will also be available on Welcome Day.  A schedule of the day's events will be available upon arrival to campus. Programs include:

Parents and Family Residence Hall Meetings
Parents and family are invited to meet with Residential Life staff who are prepared to answer residence hall questions.

  • Meetings will be held in respective buildings at 10am, 1:00pm or 4:00pm

Commuter Welcome Information Session
Are you living off-campus? Didn't get to make it to the Commuter Overnight Retreat? Get introduced to information relevant to your experience at NYU as a commuter student. Meet other commuters, get to know your Commuter Assistant, and get all the cool tips and tricks to being successful at NYU as a commuter student.

  • Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street, Lower Level, C95; 10:30-Noon or 1:00 to 2:30pm

Tisch School of the Arts Parent Rest Stop
Students and their family members are invited to stop by the Tisch School for light refreshments and mingling.

  • 721 Broadway, 1st Floor, Riese Student Lounge; 10:00am to 4:00pm

StudentLink for Parents: The Things We CAN Tell You
Be our partner in your student’s academic journey! There are limited items we can discuss with parents once your student starts at NYU. In this session, we'll tell you the basic of what to expect in your student's financial aid, registration, and billing, so that you can help your student succeed! There's also time after the session if your student is present and would like to speak to a StudentLink Counselor one-on-one.

  • 383 Lafayette Street, C-Level; 11:30am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-1:30pm

Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life Family Lunch / Open House
Our annual welcome week event is intended for families and new students to meet the vibrant Bronfman Center community. After you move-in, stop by the Bronfman Center for a tasty brunch and lots of laughter.

  • 7 E. 12th Street (between University Place and 5th Avenue); Noon to 3:00pm

Liberal Studies Family Drop-In
Family members are invited to drop-in and meet Liberal Studies deans, administrators, and families of other students moving to Washington Square for the first time. Relax, mingle and enjoy light refreshments.

  • 726 Broadway, 6th Floor, Liberal Studies Lobby (next to the NYU Bookstore!); Noon to 2:00pm

Parents of LGBTQ+ Students
Are you a parent of a LGBTQ+ student and want to learn more about LGBTQ+ life at NYU? Then swing by to check out our space and meet the staff! This is a time to connect with the Center and ask professional staff questions you may have about the Center and NYU.

  • Kimmel Center, LGBTQ Student Center, Suite 602;  1:00pm to 2:30pm

Catholic Center at NYU Open House
The Catholic Center at NYU serves the spiritual needs of NYU students by providing opportunities for friendship, intellectual engagement, and growing in the faith. The Catholic Center at NYU is a ministry of the Archdiocese of New York under the care of the Dominican Friars. We invite all parents, alumni, and friends to join us for tours of the Catholic Center and to visit with students and staff members.  

  • Catholic Center, 238 Thompson Street; 1st Floor; 1:30 to 5:00pm
  • Mass at 5:15pm celebrated by Fr. John Baptist, NYU Chaplain

Global Spiritual Life Meet and Greet
Come meet chaplains and staff of the Spiritual Life office, check out our relaxing lounge and meditation room, and enjoy some snacks! Spiritual Life supports students of all faith backgrounds, as well as those interested in meditation and mindfulness.

  • Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street, 4th Floor (entrance is also available by taking the crossover on the 4th floor of the Kimmel Center); 2:30 to 4:00pm

SPS Family Rest Stop
After you have moved in, join us with your family members at the School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) building for snacks and treats. We also will have important information to share with you that will help you to acclimate to and plan for your first year at NYUSPS and NYU. Your academic advisers as well as the Student Affairs team will be present to welcome you to this amazing learning environment, which will soon become your home!

  • 7 East 12th Street, Lobby; 2:00 to 4:00pm

All Commuter Social
Let's kick Welcome Week off right! Get together with first year commuters and enjoy come music, fun, food and friends before the week event begins!

  • Lipton Hall, 33 Washington Square West, Lowever Level, Commuter Den; 3:00 to 5:00pm

Welcome Reception for NYU Stern Parents
Join NYU Stern deans and administrators for an informal reception and short video presentation for new undergraduate parents. Light refreshments
will be served. Please note this event is for parents and guardians only. RSVP requested at stern.nyu.edu/parentwelcome

  • Tisch Hall, 40 West Fourth Street, 3:30 to 5:00pm

Muslim Families Meet and Eat
Now that you're finally done moving in, join us for a slice of NY pizza! Meet other Muslim families and learn more about the Islamic Center at NYU.

  • Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street, 4th Floor, Room 472 (entrance is also available by taking the crossover on the 4th floor of the Kimmel Center); 3:30 to 5:30pm

Transfer Student Welcome
An immersion in all things NYU for you and your fellow first year transfer students. Meet the transfer ambassador staff and familiarize yourself with the abundance of NYU resources available to you. Social to follow!

  • Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street, Lower Level, C95; 10:30-Noon or 3:30 to 5:30pm

University Offices and Services

  • NYU Bookstore and Computer Store
    726 Broadway at Waverly Place; 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Student Health Center
    726 Broadway at Waverly Place, 3rd Floor; 8:00am to 3:00pm
  • StudentLink Center (student accounts, financial aid, global services)
    383 Lafayette at E. 4th Street; 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Wasserman Center for Career Development
    133 E. 13th Street, 2nd Floor;  11:00am to 3:00pm
  • Bonami Family Admission Center
    27 W. 4th Street;  10:00am to 4:00pm

Board the Shopping Shuttle Bus

Free shuttles will be running to and from Bed Bath and Beyond (6th Avenue/Avenue of Americas). Pick-up and drop-off will be available at numerous residence halls, and near the Kimmel Center.  Bed, Bath and Beyond Shuttles run from 10am to midnight). More details will be available upon arrival.  Expect 30 minutes in between shuttles at all stops.

End of Day for Parents

The day ends for parents at the close of the Welcome Day events or when students in residence report to their mandatory residence hall meeting at 7:00pm.  This is usually the best time to say good-bye so that students can begin meeting other residents and preparing for Orientation and Welcome Week which begins Monday morning.  There are no programs beyond this day for parents until Parents Day in October.