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.
- 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
More Student Communications
- 8/6: NYU Returns: Follow-up and Summary Update on COVID-19-related Developments
- 7/31: Follow-up Communication to Students in NYU Undergraduate Housing
- 7/30: NYU Returns: IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION - COVID-19 Testing, Quarantining, and Early Arrival Procedures for Fall 2020-2021
- 7/8: NYU Returns: Looking Ahead to Academics and Student Life in 2020-2021
- 7/7: NYU Returns: Looking Ahead to Academic Year 2020-2021's Health Protocols
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Safety and Health
Learn more about our multilayered public health strategy to reduce the risks to our community posed by COVID-19.
Remote Learning Support
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
Student Employment and Career Services
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.