The New Undergraduate Experience

Welcome to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development! NYU Steinhardt's New Undergraduate Experience is comprised of several key components designed to welcome you to our vibrant community and allow you to get connected, to be involved, and to stay informed.

Orientation Programming for New Students

Online Orientation Portal
All new students must review materials and complete quizzes in our Online Orientation Portal. Through this portal, you will:

  • Get to know your academic advisor, current students, and peers
  • Learn about our history, mission, and values
  • Understand your major and degree requirements
  • Create and register your first semester schedule
  • Discover services and activities to help you grow and develop
  • Share what you’ve learned with your family to keep them connected

Meet Your Orientation Leaders
Orientation Leaders are current NYU Steinhardt students who are available to help you through the advising and registration process this summer. During Welcome Week, they will host events around NYC, and in the fall, they will be your peer mentors in New Student Seminar.

Before getting to campus in August, follow the experiences of your OLs on Tumblr, see NYU through their eyes via Instagram, and stay informed with their posts on Facebook. Have a more in-depth question? Post to your Department's Google Group, and an OL or advisor will answer your question as soon as possible.

Click here to read bios and see photos of our 2016 Orientation Leader team!

Dean's Welcome and Academic Sessions
This August 2016, join NYU Steinhardt's Office of Student Affairs and your academic departments for a special welcome with our Dean, and meet in person with your academic advisor and orientation leaders. Explore your new home in New York City. Participate in workshops, activities, and service-learning projects sponsored by the NYU Steinhardt and University community.

Monday, August 29, 2016
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place
9am - 1pm
Mandatory for all new undergraduates

Steinhardt Undergraduate International Student Welcome
Join the NYU Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs and NYU's Office of Global Services to learn about being a new international student here at Steinhardt. Meet Nick Voelker, Steinhardt's International Student Services counselor and members of Steinhardt International Programming and Advocacy Committee (IPAC) to hear about the resources and programs offered specifically for international students as well as hear from current students about their experiences as international students. This program will also include the mandatory visa check-in and a presentation by the Office of Global Services about the basics of keeping legal in the US as a F-1 or J-1 student, employment in the U.S., cultural adjustment and U.S. classroom culture, and more.

Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Kimmel Center Room 914
11am - 1pm
Mandatory for all international students

NYU Welcome Week / Spring at the Square
At the beginning of each term, we host special events to celebrate your arrival on campus. This will be your first opportunity to meet in person with your academic advisor and orientation leaders. You will also have the opportunity to participate in other workshops, activities, and events sponsored by NYU, which are all designed to help you get started and connect you with new classmates who are also beginning their studies in one of the other seven undergraduate divisions at NYU. Learn more.

New Student Seminar (SAHS-UE 1): Theme & Reading
In this course you begin to explore your role as a student in this diverse and global academic community. New Student Seminar also introduces you to your program of study as an aspiring professional in your chosen field. The New Student Reading, a literary work that raises questions important to this process of exploration will be assigned this summer. Mid-semester, join us at our New Student Convocation, hosted by the Dean of NYU Steinhardt to discuss themes connected to our reading and your experiences as a new student. New Student Seminar is a required first semester course for new undergraduate students.

Theme:  “Finding Your Place in the World; Finding Home”
Reading: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

In our Fall 2016 seminars, we will ask our new students to think about how life experiences have shaped the person they are today.  How might they think about who they are and where they feel that they belong as they proceed into their academic future? We will ask our new students to examine how family, community, and cultural values have shaped how they see and experience other people.  How have their friends and families prepared them for adulthood? 

Statement on Academic Integrity
The relationship between students and faculty is the keystone of the educational experience at New York University. Mutual trust, respect and responsibility are foundational requirements. Thus, how you learn is as important as what you learn. A university education aims not only to produce high quality scholars, but to also cultivate honorable citizens.

Please complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial. Once you complete this tutorial your Departmental Academic Advisor will be notified.

Questions? Call 212-998-5065 or email steinhardt.orientation@nyu.edu.

Communications with New Students

(coming May - August 2016)

New Student Email 1 - The Online Orientation Portal is LIVE!

New Student Email 2 - Meet Your Orientation Leaders

New Student Email 3 - Online Orientation & Social Media

New Student Email 4 - Advisement Web Chats

New Student Email 5 - New Student Seminar: Theme & Reading

New Student Email 6 - A Special Note from Dean Patricia Carey

New Student Email 7 - 2016 Welcome Week Events


Parents & Families of New Students

Congratulations on your student's acceptance to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. We are thrilled that she or he has decided to join our family at NYU Steinhardt. As parents of incoming students, we realize that you have many questions. Please bookmark this page as it will be updated throughout the Summer as information is sent to your student.