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Each fall, NYU hosts NYU Welcome Day for new undergraduate students and their family members. Organized on the same day as Move-In to the on-campus residence halls, 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 families of new students, take a break, pick up some free stuff, and ask questions.

Students living in on-campus residence halls will meet for mandatory floor meetings at 7:00 pm. Note that there are no programs for parents and families beyond this day unless otherwise indicated. 

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 (Tentative Schedule)

The following are anticipated events.  The most up to date information will be availble upon arrival to NYU and on the NYU Mobile App 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

Bring Your Own Water Bottle on Welcome Day!
As part of NYU's commitment to building a healthy and sustainable future, we will end University spending on single-use water bottles by 2020. Drinking water will be available throughout Welcome Day so you can help our community achieve this goal by filling up with your own reusable bottle.

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

Meet with the Dietician:  Discuss Allergen and Dietary Restrictions

A 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 to 9:30am; 11:00 to 11:30am; 1:00 to 1:30pm  (entrance also available from the 3rd floor in Kimmel)

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

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? Please join us for an informational panel about the resources available to students of color 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 (CMEP).

  • 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 to 12:30pm or 5:00 to 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:

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

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

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, 9th Floor; 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 to 12:30pm or 12:30 to 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.

  • Silverstein Lounge, Silver Center; 100 Washington Square East (enter at 31 Washington Place); Noon to 2:00pm 

Parents of LGBTQ+ Students
Are you a parent of a LGBTQ+ student? This is a time to connect with the NYU LGBTQ+ Center to ask questions you may have about the Center and learn more about LGBTQ+ life at NYU and NYC.

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

Catholic Center at NYU Welcome Mass and Orientation
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 students and family members to join us for Mass followed by a welcome orientation to the Catholic Center.

  • Catholic Center, 238 Thompson Street; 1st Floor; 3:00 to 4:30pm
  • Mass at 2pm 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
NYUSPS students and their families are invited to stop by the NYUSPS building for snacks and treats. Administrators, academic advisers and members of the Student Affairs team will be present to welcome you and respond to any questions!

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

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

Commuter and Transfer Programs

New Commuter Student Welcome
Are you living off-campus? Join us to learn about all you need to know as an NYU commuter student. Meet other commuters, get to know your Commuter Assistant, and get all the tips and tricks to being a successful commuter!

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

New 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! * This event is focused on students, however parents are welcome to attend.

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

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

  • Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street, Lower Level, C95; 3:00 to 5:00pm

Transfer Student Social

  • Lipton Hall, 33 Washington Square West, Lowever Level, Commuter Den; 5:30 to 7:00pm

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
    (visit staff at the Information Fair)
  • 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.