Students Get Hyped at NYU Welcome Week 2019

NYU welcomes new students with a week full of fun, games, and new friends

During NYU Welcome Week 2019, first-year and transfer students joined the NYU community as they attended more than 500 events across campus. They focused on everything from self-care and getting involved in student clubs to how to find an on-campus job and tips for navigating the NYC subway system. Students were able to plan their Welcome Week calendar and get real-time updates using the NYU Mobile app.

Here Are Some NYU Welcome Week 2019 Highlights:

SUNDAY: Welcome Day!

Two female students on Move-In Day. One is holding a plant.

On Welcome Day, 5,000 first-year and transfer students excitedly settled into their new homes across NYU’s 10 residence halls in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Residence hall staff, NYU employee volunteers, public safety officers, and 650 student volunteers worked together to distribute room keys, direct traffic, bring in suitcases, and ensure that everything ran smoothly for incoming students and their families. In addition to support for students moving into resident halls, welcome events were held for parents and commuter and transfer students. Rajaa Elhassan, a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major who moved into Othmer Hall in Brooklyn, said, “It’s been a long road and being here today makes it all worth it. My life is going to be completely different after today!”

MONDAY: Presidential Welcome & Reality Show, and Brooklyn Bash

To kick off the week, incoming students headed to Radio City Music Hall for a warm welcome from NYU President Andy Hamilton. He addressed a sea of excited students in NYU Class of 2023 T-shirts. A performance of The Reality Show: NYU, a student-written, student-produced musical that gets real about the challenges of adjusting to college life, followed. Later, students at Brooklyn Bash, hosted by NYU’s Brooklyn campus, jammed to a live DJ; played foosball, old-school arcade games, table tennis, and even jumbo-size Jenga; and bonded with one another.

TUESDAY: Open Mic Night and Bob Ross Paint Night

Students at Bob Ross Paint Night creating paintings.

On Tuesday night, students cheered as their peers took the stage to sing, play instruments, and showcase their talents in a supportive atmosphere at the Kimmel Center for University Life. That same evening, students got to try their hand at painting like the masters at Bob Ross Paint Night. It was a great way to slow down, become engrossed in an activity, and chat with new classmates amid a busy and exciting first week.

WEDNESDAY: Drag Bingo and NYU Game Show

Wednesday was a night for friendly competition. At Drag Bingo, a beloved NYU tradition, drag queens entertained the crowd and called out numbers as students competed for prizes in a game of bingo with a twist. During the Think Fast Game Show, students experienced what it’s like to be a contestant on a game show while testing their trivia skills. Everyone participated as students in the audience worked in teams and joined those on stage in answering the questions.


Presenters standing together about to take a bow.

Thursday was a celebration of diversity on campus. At NYU Portraits, students took in performances by professional actors and artists, as well as current NYU students and faculty, who brought social justice movements from the past to life. The event included spoken-word poetry, song, stand-up comedy, and dramatic reenactments of pivotal moments in history.

Movie Under the Arch

What’s better than starting your future at a prestigious university with countless opportunities ahead of you? How about watching your favorite movie underneath the Washington Square Arch with a few hundred of your newest, closest friends! This year’s selection was the cult classic Dirty Dancing. While dusk turned into night, NYU students spread out their picnic blankets and lined up along the park’s iconic fountain to watch Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey have the time of their lives.

FRIDAY: The Unforgetta-ball Summer

A group of students smiling for a photo.

NYU Welcome Week ended in style as incoming students danced the night away at a giant ball hosted on multiple levels of NYU’s Kimmel student center. This year’s event was called The Unforgetta-ball Summer and included four floors with different themes: Rooftop Season, Boardwalk, Music Festival, and NYC Stargazing. Students enjoyed live music, food, and conversation as they celebrated the culmination of Welcome Week 2019.

In addition to these events, hundreds more took place across NYU’s campus throughout the city during Welcome Week 2019. See more highlights from the week on our Instagram: @nyuwelcomeweek.