Since spring 2020, NYU faculty, administrators, and staff have been focused intently and working on plans for academic year 2020-2021: developing new safety and health protocols, aligning courses and classes with health guidelines, upgrading technology, and enhancing professional support for faculty.  We are committed to you, our students, receiving the excellent education you expect from NYU.  There will be challenges, but we will carry on together. We hope you find the information and links below helpful in navigating this unpredictable period and in understanding the expectations we have for you as members of the NYU community.

Key Dates

Undergraduate Students

  • July 13: Course enrollment reopens for returning students in Albert
  • Week of July 13: Undergraduate student housing room assignments begin to be distributed
  • July 20: Course enrollment opens for first-year students in Albert
  • July 20: Deadline to withdraw from Student Housing for Fall 2020

Message from Provost Fleming

Academics in 2020-2021

Amid all the changes caused by COVID-19, NYU's commitment to you remains the same: that you receive the excellent education you enrolled here to receive...

Message from Sr. Vice President Wais

Defying Expectations

There’s no one type of NYU student, and no one set of traits that defines NYU students.  However, certain themes seem to come up again and again: Smart.  Hardworking.  Talent.  Bold.  Innovative.  Independent.  All are attributes that NYU cherishes in its students...

Specific Information for...

Incoming Freshmen

Welcome to NYU.  We are proud to have you join our community.  Your freshman year will be a different one.  Safety and health – yours and everyone's – is a prime consideration in 2020-2021.  You will be starting amid health rules and practices we have never had in place before but which are vital in this year. Notwithstanding the new safety protocols, the different modes of instruction, or the changes to student activities, NYU is committed to you receiving the excellent education and student experience you enrolled here to receive.

Learn more at Next Stop NYU

Graduate Students

Across NYU's schools and colleges (indeed, across scholarly departments within schools), graduate education is highly diverse and program-specific.  Many aspects of the coming year will be common to everyone in the NYU community—the requirement to wear a mask, to keep appropriate physical distancing, to stay home when sick, our mutual responsibility to keep each other safe—but many features of your experience, and particularly of your academic life, will be unique to your graduate program.

Graduate/Professional School Links

Returning/Continuing Students

While NYU's commitment to the excellence of your education and your academic progress will remain the same in 2020-2021, daily life on campus will be different than you have seen before

New conventions will be in place. The classes you expect to have with the professors you want to learn from will take three forms this fall - in-person, blended, and remote. Large gatherings will be out; smaller in-person gatherings that allow for six feet of physical distancing will be in.

There will be smiles when someone tells a joke, even if required face coverings make them a little difficult to see. When you're in class, you will be asked to sit in the same seat at every class meeting throughout the semester (so that if someone tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracing will be easier and more effective).

Over the summer, NYU faculty and staff are at work developing ways to bring you robust and vibrant experiences in the coming year that will engage you intellectually both inside and outside the classroom, even as we are at work on plans to keep each other safe.

Getting Ready

When to Come, What to Bring, How to Behave

Coming to New York City from Elsewhere

New York State and New York City have waged a fierce battle to control the spread of COVID-19 and we may have special instructions for those coming from hotspots.

Read more about arriving in NYC

Key Habits to Keep each other Safe

There are eight daily things you can do to keep yourself and our community safe.

Read more about keeping each other safe

Coronavirus Testing

We are finalizing the details of our testing program, but its key components will include at least four scenarios.

Read more about Coronavirus testing

Protective Equipment

All the members of our NYU community are required to wear face coverings that cover your nose and mouth when on NYU property or in NYU facilities, and you are strongly encouraged to wear them at all times when outside of your home. The University is procuring a substantial supply of masks, but encourages all students, faculty, researchers, and employees to have and use your own face coverings or masks.

Read more about protective equipment

Building Basics

Making your way around campus may require a bit more effort and attention, but it is part of our effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Read more about NYU building basics

Classrooms and Classes

NYU is committed to providing our students with the excellent education you expect.

Read more about classrooms and classes

Student Advising

Students and faculty are encouraged to meet in-person in one-on-one meetings, as long as 6 ft physical distancing is maintained and masks are worn. If these public health measures cannot be followed, the University encourages virtual meetings.


NYU's libraries will be adjusting practices and procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more about libraries

Move-in Days

Move-in Days will vary depending on your point of origin and whether a quarantine is required, as outlined in a recent communication about quarantining and testing.

For more information, please visit Student Return to Campus Testing and Quarantining

Student Housing

NYU is reopening its student residence halls in 2020-2021.  But in keeping with our plans to reduce density—one of the tenets of our safety and health planning—there will be fewer students per floor.

Read more about student housing


Laundry facilities will continue to be available.

Read more about laundry room facilities


NYU Eats is fully committed to fostering a safe, efficient dining environment while providing a wide variety of delicious, healthy and nutritious meal options to the NYU community.

Read more about dining

Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness

Due to COVID-19, intercollegiate and intramural competitions are cancelled through January. However, NYU will be taking steps to keep teams engaged and to offer recreational and fitness opportunities.

Read more about athletics, recreation, and fitness

Safety and Health

Learn more about our multilayered public health strategy to reduce the risks to our community posed by COVID-19.

Campus Life, Events, and Transportation

A number of new protocols and practices have been put into place to keep our facilities, spaces, events, and travel as safe as can be.

Additional Student Resources

Remote Learning Support

Remote learning tools organized to help you get set up and be successful

We encourage you to connect with your faculty and academic advisors to find tailored support.  The Office of Student Success will also help explore the various services available with you.

Virtual Student Affairs

See the full listing of virtual programming, events, and resources

Student Employment and Career Services

On-Campus Student Employment Remote Work Update

Virtual and specialized support for students and alumni to manage their careers during COVID-19


We recognize that COVID-19's effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In our response to the coronavius, NYU is committed to mitigating those impacts as well as ensuring no one in our community is ostracized, bullied, or mistreated due to ignorance around this disease. If any member of our community believes they have experienced harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Bias Response Line.