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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

Move-In Day Schedule Available Mid-August!

What To Do at Washington Square

The following are subject to change. The most up to date information will be available upon arrival to NYU and on the NYU Mobile App mid-August.

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 Card Centers.

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

Grab a Bite and Take Break

Stop by for a complimentary 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 Reusable 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

Meet with representatives from various NYU offices and organizations, speak with local banks, and take a fun picture at the NYU Alumni Relations Photo Booth. Additionally, new students can pick-up their free NYU t-shirt at the Welcome Week table.

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

Participating departments include:

Dietician to discuss dietary needs in on-campus dining, Parent Resources, Student Health Center, Commuter and Off Campus Student Programs, Dining Services, Wasserman Center for Career Development, Public Safety, Transfer Student Programs, Residence Life & Housing Services, Wellness Exchange, NYU Information Technology, Global Spiritual Life, Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, Center for Student Life, Global Programs, Office of Sustainability, NYU Bookstores, Office of Global Services, Academic Resource Center, NYU StudentLink, and local banks.

Pick-Up Pre-Ordered Linens 

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

  • LaGuardia Place between Washington Square South & West 3rd St, 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 of students of color, 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).

  • 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 & Family 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:

Parent and Family 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

StudentLink for Parents: The Things We CAN Tell You
Be our partner in your student’s academic journey. There are limited items university administration 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. After the session and your student is present, you can also 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 Meet, Greet & Nosh
Take a break from schlepping boxes and orientation sessions for bagels and a schmear: All are welcome! Meet the Bronfman Center fam and get a little taste of Jewish life on campus.

  • 7 E. 10th Street; 12:00pm to 5:00pm

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.

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

International Students, Parents, & Families Welcome
Parents and families of international students are invited to stop by this opportunity to meet other international families. There will be current students present that speak a variety of languages to talk about the NYU student experience.

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

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. 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; Mass at 2pm & Welcome Orientation at 3pm

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); 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Protestant Worship Service
Join Compass Fellowship Church for church on campus every Sunday. Stay for free dinner and fellowship. All are welcome.

  • Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street, 4th Floor, Room 475; 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Alumni and Student Success Welcome Center
Students and their family members are invited to stop by the new Student Success & Alumni Welcome Center for light refreshments, a photo booth, giveaways and information about resources to help students thrive at NYU.

  • Gould Alumni and Student Success Welcome Center
    50 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012; 8:00am to 5:00pm

Academic School-Based Programs

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

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 

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


Board the Shopping Shuttle Bus

Free shuttles will be running to and from Bed Bath & Beyond (located at 620 6th Ave in Manhattan). Pick-up and drop-off will be available at numerous residence halls, and near the Kimmel Center. Bed Bath & Beyond Shuttles run from 10am to midnight. Shuttles run approximately every 45 minutes.


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 12:00pm or 1:00pm to 2:30pm

New Commuter Student Social will take place from 3:00pm - 5:00pm in Lipton Hall, 33 Washington Square West, Lower Level, Commuter Den

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; 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Transfer Student Social will take place from 5:30pm - 7:00pm in Lipton Hall, 33 Washington Square West, Lower Level, Commuter Den


University Offices and Services

  • NYU Bookstore and Computer Store
    726 Broadway at Waverly Place; 8:00am to 3:00pm
  • Student Health Center
    726 Broadway at Waverly Place, 3rd Floor; 8:00am to 3:00pm
  • Residential Life and Housing Services
    726 Broadway, 7th Floor; 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • StudentLink Center (student accounts, financial aid, global services)
    383 Lafayette at E 4th Street; 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Bonomi Family Admission Center
    27 W 4th Street; 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Center for Student Life
    60 Washington Sq S 7th Floor; 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Alumni and Student Success Welcome Center
    50 W 4th Street; 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Wasserman Center for Career Development
    (visit staff at the Information Fair)


End of Day for Parents & Families

The day ends for parents at the close of the Welcome Day events or when students living 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. We invite you to Save the Date for Parents Day in October.