Welcome Home: From the Screen to the Square

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Congratulations Class of 2026 -- explore the avenues of NYU this admitted season. Check out this guide to learn more!

Class of 2026

First things first — congratulations on your acceptance to New York University! The application process may have felt like a whirlwind, but it’s always important to take a moment and celebrate life-changing achievements. And transitioning to college life may be one of the biggest changes you’ve faced yet! We’re here to help make the transition to your home away from home a little easier. 

During the month of April, NYU hosts a variety of events and experiences for our newly-admitted students covering all aspects of college life — academics, campus, student life and even advice for your family to help them continue to support you on your journey. This year, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting events both in-person and virtually! Scroll through this guide and get a glimpse of what’s in store, which sessions you can attend in-person and/or online, and how to register overall. Welcome Home, Bobcat!

 

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Meet You at Home…base!

Your Homebase Portal is your one-stop-shop for all things related to your admission to NYU. Here you will find your Decision Letter, information on your Financial Aid Package and your Admitted Student Checklist. You’ll also find helpful resources related to the academic program to which you’ve been admitted.

 From Homebase, you can navigate to the Admitted Student Events Portal to see all of the virtual and in-person experiences NYU is hosting throughout the month of April. There are so many events you can participate in, so make sure you register for everything that interests you! Your portal is specially curated for the school or campus to which you were admitted.

The virtual events page will show all of the events throughout April, including your School Spotlights, Financial Aid sessions and opportunities to connect one-on-one with current students and alums! Once you register for an event, it will appear in your ‘My Sessions’ tab on your portal so you can track and connect to all your events in one spot.

You will also find information on our in-person events, including Home for the Weekend which will take place at the Washington Square Park Campus on April 9th and 10th! Register via your events portal; when you register, be sure to sign up for all of the individual sessions you plan to attend during your visit to NYU. Guests are required to pre-register for all sessions they plan to attend and we cannot accommodate drop-ins. 

Students are allowed to bring 2 family members over the age of 12  and all visitors must provide proof that they are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. and wear masks while they are on campus. Be sure to learn more about our COVID-19 policies before you come to campus. 

 

Home for the Weekend

You’re officially invited to the celebration of the spring season! Home for the Weekend taking place on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th, is your opportunity to get to know your campus-to-be through a variety of programs and activities.

When registering, you’ll  select a day and respective sessions you’d like to attend. While our virtual programming primarily focuses on academia, our in-person programs also highlight our NYU community — from our current students to recent graduates. You can learn about specific sessions via the portal but here’s a general overview of programming:

 

NYU Live

Our NYU Live Sessions, also taking place virtually, are informational sessions to help you learn about support available outside the classroom! Spanning from Residential Life to First Year Internships to Parental insight, these sessions will allow you to learn why NYU is home to the earth’s boldest thinkers, innovators and wave-makers…and how you can cultivate your own path. 

 

But There’s More! 

In addition to the NYU Live sessions, you can explore and attend our signature NYU Trailblazers series, TED-style mini lectures featuring professors from our three campuses who give you a peek into the classroom that you’ve been craving.(Get a sense of what to expect by checking out some of our previous Trailblazers lectures here!) Our Future in Focus series switches it up, featuring recent and seasoned alums who join current students in conversation to discuss the ebb and flows of college life at NYU and beyond. 

 

Too Cool for School?

Who says college can’t also be fun? Outside of scheduled programs, make sure to check out The Celebration Tent where you can pick up exclusive #NYU2026 swag, snap a pic for your feed  in our 360° booth and social media spots, all while listening to the vocal talents of our community, courtesy of the world famous Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and Steinhardt’s Vocal Performance program. 

Make sure to stop by the Student Resource Hub between sessions and get an overview of first-year campus essentials by chatting with departmental representatives. And last but certainly not least, if you need a bite to eat, we’ve got you covered with Food Truck options over on LaGuardia Place and recommended restaurants around the neighborhood.

Now, we know we’ve covered a lot of information here, but no need to commit it all to memory — your portal is your one-stop agenda shop. In addition, you’ll receive specific directives and additional information via confirmation and reminder emails to help you prepare for the weekend and navigate check-in, vaccination requirements and getting around campus upon arrival. Plus, you’ll see plenty of fellow Bobcats decked in violet to help you along the way! 

 

Meet us @ the Square

Even if you can’t make it to admitted student weekend, we’re here to welcome to campus all month long! Join us on Mondays and Fridays in the Bonomi Admissions Center this April, for our Meet Us @ the Square Tour and Panel. An Admissions Counselor leads a conversation with current students who share their insight and answer your curiosities before you head out for a campus tour led by our Admissions Ambassadors. Learn more and register via your portal! 

Admitted Student Virtual Events

Now that we’ve covered the weekend, let’s talk about your online options available throughout the month! 

Remember those buckets mentioned earlier — Academics, Campus, Life and Advice? That’s your #1 clue on how to navigate virtual programs via your Admitted Student Portal. Spanning from School Spotlights to Thematic Sessions, programs on the screen will allow you to become more informed about your academic pursuits and resources to support your journey along the next four years. Here’s what you’ll find online this month:

 

ACADEMICS

 

School Spotlights and Academic Sessions 

School/Campus Spotlights provide you a chance to dive deeper into academia, specific to your area of study or even your major. You’ll  hear from faculty, current students, and even alumni. This is your big opportunity to connect with community members from the specific school or college you’ve been admitted to. If you attend nothing else this month, don’t miss your Spotlight Session! Likewise, Complementary Sessions offer you an additional opportunity to learn more about your school or college through more personalized virtual experiences — from student hangouts to mini-lectures, you’ll get a more intimate look into what college life is really like within NYU’s various academic communities. 

 

NYU Trailblazers

If you’re not able to attend an NYU Trailblazer session over Admitted Student weekend, you can still get a glimpse of classroom culture on screen. Esteemed professors also join us online to host mini-lectures covering a variety of eclectic and engaging topics. Come with questions and inquiries to drop in the Q&A — you’re sure to learn something new. 

 

CAMPUS

Likewise, If you can’t make it to campus for a tour,  you can still get to know our campus without walls. Virtual Admitted Student Tours, hosted by admissions ambassadors and staff, give you the highlights and the insights of everyday life at NYU from the people who are living it in real-time.  Plus, you can check out our mobile tour app, which features commentary from student ambassadors, photos of key campus landmarks, and more!

 

LIFE

 

You @ NYU: NYU Ambassador Chats 

One of the best things about college is that you get to discover and grow into who you are — but don’t take our word for it! Sign up for an NYU Ambassador Chat and get the 411 from current students on all things collegiate.  And don’t worry if you’re drawing a blank — we’ve got you covered with suggested discussion topics too. 

 

Finding Your Community: Identity Programs

At NYU, identity is a multifaceted exploration of self and as such, finding your community can be a vital part of student life and success. In our Identity Programs, you’ll get to learn about different offices and leaders on campus who aim to engage, support, empower, and celebrate the intersectional experiences of students across our campuses. 

 

ResLife Reels

It’s never too early to prepare for your transition to college, and this is the perfect place to start. Tune into @meetnyu on instagram and TikTok to follow current students as they show you around first-year residence halls, from rooms to common spaces, while answering your questions about living on our campus without walls in real time.

 

ADVICE

 

Money Talk: Financial Aid and Financial Education 

So what exactly is the difference between Financial Aid and Financial Education? The simple answer is one awards you money and the other informs how you spend it. But there’s more to it than that!  Register for the Financial Aid 101 and Money Matters: Financial Education sessions to become more informed about how to save and spend your coin. Pro- tip: This is a great session to attend with family.  

Have a more specific question to ask? You can also get in touch with a  Financial Aid Representative via 1:1 chats throughout the month as well! 

 

NYU Live Sessions 

As mentioned, our NYU Live Sessions will also be available on the silver screen — whether you’re unable to attend in person or just hoping to learn even more, these informational sessions offer you the opportunity to engage with NYU’s departmental representatives first hand. These sessions are great to attend as a family, so share the screen! 

 

CONCLUSION

We can’t wait to celebrate our Class of 2026 Violets and welcome you to our admitted student events all April long. Remember, your HomeBase and Admitted Student Events portal is where to find, register for, and connect with exciting events, experiences, and conversations designed to help you prepare for success at NYU. 

Looking for more ways to connect? Join our Class of 2026 Discord channel to chat with fellow classmates, ask your questions to current NYU students, and stay up to date with the events happening all April long!