Incoming LS Freshman FAQs - 2014

Please note: Liberal Studies Core Program (CP) freshmen beginning at abroad sites in Florence, London, and Paris should note that start dates for classes, orientation, and other welcome programs vary by site. CP freshmen starting abroad should visit the freshman year abroad portal (FYA) for additional details, or contact Beth Haymaker, Director of Global Programs, at

Freshman Orientation and Welcome Week

When is Freshman Orientation?
A mandatory CP Freshman Orientation will be held in New York the week of Monday, August 25, 2014.

Where can I find my schedule for Freshman Orientation?
All Liberal Studies Orientation Program and NYU Welcome Week information will be made available via the NYU Guide mobile app. You will receive an email from your advisor with information about accessing the NYU Guide during the first week of August.

Are there other NYU Orientation or Welcome Programs for Freshmen?
Yes. NYU’s Student Resource Center hosts Welcome Week for all new students, an all-University program of activities and marquee events. NYU Welcome Week 2014 runs August 24-29, 2014. For more information, visit the NYU Student Resource Center website.

When is the first day of class?
The first day of class for students at Washington Square is Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Please refer to the NYU Academic Calendar for a complete list of important dates. Students spending freshman year abroad should visit the FYA portal for more information.

Health and Immunizations Policies

NYU policy requires all incoming freshmen to complete the following health-related requirements:
•    a complete copy of your health history;
•    proof of immunizations to measles, mumps, rubella, and meningitis;
•    an acknowledgment that you have received information regarding meningitis;
•    and completion of an online course on alcohol and other drugs.

For more information about health requirements, please visit the Student Health Center's website. A Parent Webinar is also available for parents with questions about student health services at NYU. Please visit the Student Health Center’s information page for parents for more details on the NYU Student Health Center.


Where do I get an ID card?
For information about obtaining your NYU ID Card, visit

*Students beginning abroad will receive their ID after arrival in London, Paris, or Florence following instructions given by Liberal Studies Global Programs.

Course Registration and Course Schedules

When do I register for Fall classes?
In mid-May, CP freshmen beginning in New York will receive an electronic “postcard” in their NYU email account from the Liberal Studies Advising Center regarding the registration process for entering freshmen.  The postcard will include two very important links to guide you as you register for classes:

  • The first link is an instructional video that will teach you how to use Albert (NYU's Student Information System) to register.
  • The second link is a comprehensive Liberal Studies Core Program Fall Semester Registration Handbook. The Handbook will include everything you need to know about your Fall Semester choices and the registration process (e.g., dates, details). It will also include contact information that will lead you to your assigned Liberal Studies Academic Advisor.  You will be able to contact your academic advisor by email or telephone as necessary.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION: NYU requires that all students provide both a cell phone number and an emergency contact number (including an option for an international emergency phone number) before they are registered for fall coursework. If you have not done so already, you will have to first activate your NetID to log into your NYUHome Account. Instructions on how to activate your NetID can be found at: Once in NYU Home click on the "Academics" tab and click on "Student Login" to access Albert. Please visit for step-by-step instructions on how to update your cell phone number and emergency contact number in Albert.

*Students beginning abroad will receive separate registration instructions from the Liberal Studies Office of Global Programs. 

Who will my advisor be?
You will receive information in May about Fall Semester registration. Soon thereafter, you will be contacted by your academic advisor in the Liberal Studies Advising Center. This professional staff advisor will support you during the time you are a Liberal Studies Core Program student. The academic advisor will work closely with you on all administrative aspects of your Core Program experience, help you navigate the complexities of a large university, and help you identify resources to support your needs. Later in the summer, your Core Program faculty mentor will be identified to you. Your faculty mentor will engage you in conversations about the Core Program curriculum, its relation to your four-year Bachelor's Degree experience, and its impact on lifelong intellectual and professional pursuits.

Where can I get my course schedule?
You will be able to find your student schedules in NYU Albert.

  • To connect to Albert go to NYU Home.
  • Log in using your NetID and password.
  • On the page that opens, click the "Academics" tab.
  • In the Albert channel on the left side of screen that opens, click "Student Login," then click "Registration."
  • Then click "Student Schedule" to view your schedule.

When is winter break?
For students beginning in New York, winter recess begins on Saturday, December 20, 2014 and Spring Semester 2015 classes begin on Monday, January 26, 2015. For students beginning abroad, please consult each site’s academic calendar by navigating through the FYA portal.


When can I move into my residence hall?
Sunday, August 24, 2014 is NYU Freshman Move-In Day and the NYU Welcomes You event for students and parents. For more information, go to

When is the housing deposit deadline? How much is the housing deposit?
To reserve housing, you must submit a housing deposit of $1,000; and it must be received no later than May 1, 2014. For more information about living at NYU, please visit the University Life website.

I have several questions about student housing. (fees, residence hall options, roommates, meal plans, etc.)
Please call the Department of Housing at 212-998-4600, email or go to the website.


How much is tuition, room, and board?
For more information about tuition, room, and board, please visit the Office of the Bursar's website or contact them by calling 212-998-2806.

When will the tuition bills be sent out to students?
Tuition bills will not be mailed to students. You will be billed electronically. Please refer to NYU Office of the Bursar's online information.

When is my tuition due?
Please check the Office of the Bursar's website for the due dates for tuition, fees and housing payment. DO NOT mail a check to Liberal Studies or to the Office of the Bursar. You will be billed electronically. For more payment and billing information, visit the NYU Electronic Billing website.

Can I pay tuition with a credit card?
There is a list of tuition payment options online.

I have questions about my financial aid award.
For information on Financial Aid or to speak to a financial aid counselor, contact the NYU Office of Financial Aid at 212-998-4444 or email


When is NYU Parent’s Weekend?
The NYU Parent and Family Day (for parents of all freshmen) will be held November 8, 2014 at the Washington Square campus. Invitations will be sent by mail to parents. For more information, please contact the “Ask the Parents Helpline” at 212-998-4219 or email

Updated on 08/04/2014