Heading back to school is different in 2020, but the NYU community is excited for the academic year ahead. A mix of virtual and in-person classes, along with new ways of navigating the world, mean that even returning students could use a little extra college orientation. Consequently, NYU Welcome, usually a week of informative and fun events, is running for a month this year.

At the Presidential Welcome, NYU president Andrew Hamilton greets new and returning students. He shares our community’s hopes and priorities for the year to come, and it’s always a highlight. What follows is also a student favorite: Reality Show. This college orientation classic is a musical created and performed by current students about all things NYU. It’s funny, it’s informative, and it’s fun. This year, students created it over the summer from their homes around the world. It reflects the current moment and the collective reality of a community adapting to global challenges.

Something for Everyone

In addition to these favorites, there are more than 600 other programs and events to choose from. Sound overwhelming? Don’t worry: the NYU Mobile app will help you keep track of everything. Marquee events often include a-capella shows, karaoke nights, and drag bingo.

Then, there’s Club Fest. Here, you can explore some of NYU’s 300+ student clubs and find your niche. Next, check out some of the themed hangouts and affinity spaces to build your community. This year, hangouts center on everything from social justice and fitness to Hamilton and web comics. You’ll also be able to drop into game days, movie screenings, and more.

Get Informed and Discover NYU's Resources

No college orientation would be complete without sharing plenty of practical information. At NYU Welcome, you’ll find workshops about navigating the NYU experience. Not only that, you will also have the opportunity to attend school-specific orientations. What’s more, introductions to NYU resources from academic support to career services will set you up for success. And check out the alumni sessions for advice from people who have first-hand NYU experience.

This year, a lot of things about the college experience are different. But what hasn’t changed is the NYU community’s commitment to rising to challenges. Together, we are determined to support each other and have a fun and fulfilling academic year.

Cat has been telling NYU stories for nearly 10 years with NYU’s University Relations and Public Affairs Office of Marketing Communications and is constantly inspired by what the people of this community make real. She’s also a proud alum of the NYU MFA program in creative writing, and runs a literary magazine in her free time. When she needs to get away from words, she does work in her neighborhood gardens and parks.