Your well-being is very much on our minds, and maintaining your safety and the health of everyone in the NYU community is a shared responsibility; we must all work together to keep each other safe.

These procedures outline our COVID-19 testing (not antibody testing) policies for before and after arriving on campus. Be aware that New York State requires many students arriving from restricted states outside the tri-state area to quarantine for 14 days. In accordance with public health guidance, travelers from overseas are required to quarantine for 14 days.

Updated: August 26


Traveling Students

Coming from New York State restricted states, non-restricted states, or into the US from abroad.

Tri-State Students

Coming from tri-state area: New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.


Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Testing

RECOMMENDED Prior to August 18

If you are coming from outside the tri-state area, we strongly recommend that you get tested BEFORE setting out for New York. That way, if you receive positive results, you can recover at home and avoid bringing the COVID-19 virus to New York.

Testing before you travel to New York (pre-arrival testing) does not exempt you from the required post-arrival testing described elsewhere on this site.

Early Arrival and Quarantining

REQUIRED for Some by August 18-19;
RECOMMENDED for All

All Traveling Students from outside the US or restricted states must arrive early and self-isolate for 14 days after departing from international destinations or a restricted state. We strongly recommend that students traveling from other states follow the same procedures as those coming from restricted states.

What Does Quarantine Mean?

  • Quarantine requires students to stay in their rooms at all times, with the exception of the following circumstances:
    • medical needs and testing
  • On the limited occasions when students can leave their rooms, masks must be worn at all times.
  • Non-compliance with quarantining policies could result in disciplinary measures, including being suspended and/or removed from student housing.

Students Living in University Housing

  • To assist those with assignments in undergraduate housing who are required to or wish to quarantine, NYU will open the residence halls early so that students may quarantine in their dorms at no additional charge. The University will also provide three free delivered meals per day.
  • Move-in for quarantining will be August 18–19. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services.

Students Living Off Campus

  • Students living in off-campus housing who are coming from restricted states or international destinations are required to quarantine for 14 days. Students must arrive by August 19 in order to be cleared by the first day of class.  Students must also attest to the fact that they have completed the mandatory 14-day quarantine—as well as submit a negative COVID-19 test result— before coming to campus.

Post-Arrival COVID-19 Testing

Testing Requirements

NYU instituted extensive testing for all community members. There is no cost to NYU community members for participating in the testing program.

All students coming to NYU’s New York campus must be tested and receive a negative result before being allowed in class or in any academic or administrative building.

Students who are taking classes remotely and are not in NYU housing, will not be coming to campus, and will not be interacting with members of the NYU community do not need to be tested.

Where to Get Tested

Testing Sites at NYU

Testing is available on-campus at Gould Plaza and 6 MetroTech Center. Appointment availability is updated continually. Please check back if your desired testing date is not available yet.

Schedule Your Appointment
  • Use the exact same last name and preferred name that is listed in Albert.
  • Enter your student ID number (N number) including the N (ex: N12345678).
Testing Sites in the Tri-State Area

Submitting Results

Students who get tested at a non-NYU testing site must submit their test results regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

Students who get tested at an NYU testing site (at Gould Plaza or 6 MetroTech Center) do not need to submit their test results.

Those who test positive should not go to classes or other activities, but instead self-isolate. The COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will contact you with further instructions about follow-up.

Students living on campus

You Will Be Tested Twice
  • Within 24 hours of arriving on campus (this might be a different date from when you arrive in New York)
  • And 7-10 days after your initial test

You are required to get tested at the NYU testing site.  The NYU testing center is available to students moving in on other days as well. 

Students living off campus and arriving on or before 8/17

You Will Be Tested Once
  • You are required to be tested within 14 days prior to entering an NYU building.
  • This test should occur at least 7 days after you arrive in New York.  

Students living off campus and arriving on or after 8/18

You Will Be Tested Twice
  • Within 24 hours of arriving in New York (this might be a different date from your first day on campus)
  • And 7-10 days after your initial test

Tri-State Students

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Arrival

Students in Housing Move In August 31–September 1

Students who have been in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) continuously for a prolonged period—meaning no recent vacations outside the tri-state area—do not need to quarantine, nor do students who are coming from non-restricted states outside the tri-state area. Students coming from restricted states may have also chosen to fulfill the quarantine requirement outside of University housing.

Students Living in University Housing

Move-in days for this group of students will be August 31–September 1.

COVID-19 Testing

REQUIRED
14 Days Prior to Entering an Academic or Administrative Building

  • Students who have been in the tri-state area continuously for the previous 14 days must get a COVID-19 diagnostic PCR test within the 14-day period prior to entering any NYU academic or administrative building.
  • Students living on campus who are having difficulty getting tested within 14 days prior to move-in have the option to be tested within 24 hours of arriving on campus.
  • Regardless of where you get tested, all students coming to NYU’s New York campus must be tested, receive a negative result, and be cleared by the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team before being allowed in class in any non-residential building.

Where to Get Tested

Testing Sites in the Tri-State Area
Testing Sites at NYU

Testing is available on-campus at Gould Plaza and 6 MetroTech Center. Appointment availability is updated continually. Please check back if your desired testing date is not available yet.

  • Schedule Your Appointment
  • Use the exact same last name and preferred name that is listed in Albert.
  • Enter your student ID number (N number) including the N (ex: N12345678).

Submitting Results

Students who get tested at a non-NYU testing site must submit their test results regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

Students who get tested at an NYU testing site (at Gould Plaza or 6 MetroTech Center) do not need to submit their test results.

Those who test positive should not go to classes or other activities, but instead self-isolate. The COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will contact you with further instructions about follow-up.

Compliance with Safety and Health Rules

In order to ensure a successful campus environment, we must all be committed to keeping each other safe. The University intends to strictly enforce the new safety and health rules in place for the academic year 2020-2021.
 
Students found to be in violation of the rules will face disciplinary action based on the severity of the infraction, including:

  • formal disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct
  • interim suspension
  • removal from student housing

To have a successful semester, we must all strictly abide by the new COVID-19 health and safety protocols — wearing a mask, keeping social distance, hand-washing, not coming to class if you feel sick, being tested, etc.  If you see someone in an NYU building without a mask, or who isn’t adhering to physical distancing rules, we encourage you politely urge them to act properly — donning a mask; maintaining physical distance, etc. If the person persists in not complying or responds confrontationally, you should not pursue the matter face-to-face. Instead:

  • Report fellow student non-compliance by:
  • Report non-compliance by faculty to the department chair or dean’s office.
  • Report non-compliance by administrators or staff to the school’s or unit’s HR officer