NYU Campus Traditions Abound
Become part of NYU’s incredible community by taking part in a full slate of yearly campus-wide events
No, there isn’t a history of weekend football games and there isn’t a walled-off campus. The city is your campus. And NYU campus traditions are as unique, diverse, and special as the city itself. This University and its communities are beyond conventional. Are you ready to become one of the bold? Check out some of the opportunities you have to do just that.
A World of Talent
Every year, NYU’s most talented performers compete for a $1,000 top prize at UltraViolet Live. Singers, poets, dancers, guitarists, drummers, and pianists grace the main stage of NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City for the final round of the competition.
The competition begins with preliminary rounds held by NYU residence halls—including ones at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai—the Commuter Student Council, and the Inter-Greek Council to determine which acts will move on to Skirball. Regardless of who wins, UltraViolet Live is a chance to share your amazing talents with the NYU community—and to experience just how exceptional this community is.
Too Sweet to Miss
If the thought of one of the world’s longest strawberry shortcakes makes your mouth water, then this NYU campus tradition is for you. Students, faculty, and staff flock to the Strawberry Festival street fair each year to have a look at—and of course, a taste of—this marvel of pastry engineering.
Held on NYU’s Washington Square campus, the Strawberry Festival also includes live music, carnival games, giveaways, and interactive booths. Come for the shortcake. Stay for the community. It’s a campus tradition that’s too sweet to miss.
Welcome to NYU
Kick off your NYU experience by taking part in the excitement of Welcome Week. With more than 500 programs and events dedicated to helping you connect with and thrive within your new community, Welcome Week is your perfect introduction to life at NYU.
Each year, Welcome Week begins with Welcome Day, the largest moving day in New York City. Students begin the day by arriving on campus and settling into their dorms, and they end the day at the Ball. A multi-floor, multi-DJ event, the Ball’s theme changes every year. Past themes include Good Vibes Ball, Glo Ball, and Beach Ball. In 2019, the NYU community danced the night away at the Unforgetta-Ball Summer.
Additional Welcome Week events include NYU Portraits, The Reality Show: NYU, and marquee events such as a cappella shows, casino nights, and Drag Bingo.
Become Part of the Tradition
Check out even more NYU campus traditions that will help you understand, and become part of, the University’s amazing history.