Undergraduate Orientation

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

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

Advisement Web Chats

Below, please find the schedule for our live web chats. Web Chats allow you to connect with your Advisors and Orientation Leaders during your registration week, and enable you to ask questions and get to know the people who will be supporting you during your time at NYU Steinhardt.  Attendance at the Web Chats are not required, and are a supplement to our Online Orientation Portal, which you can complete at your own pace. Unable to attend a live session? Recordings of our chat sessions will be linked here after each taping.

Access live video advisement sessions.  


Applied Psychology
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 5:00p.m.
Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:15p.m.

Art & Art Professions
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 4:00p.m.
Monday, June 16, 2014 at 5p.m.

Communicative Sciences & Disorders
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 5:15p.m.

Media, Culture, & Communication
Monday, June 2, 2014 at 6:15p.m.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 5:00p.m.
Music & Performing Arts Professions
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 6:15p.m.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5:00p.m.

Nutrition, Food Studies, & Public Health
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 6:15p.m.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 5:00p.m.

Teaching & Learning
Monday, June 2, 2014 at 5:00p.m.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 6:15p.m.


Dean's Welcome Breakfast and Academic Sessions
Join NYU Steinhardt Student Affairs and your academic departments for a special welcome breakfast 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.

Tuesday August 26th, 9:30a.m.
Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center for Univeristy Life, 4th floor

  • Media, Culture, Communication
  • Music & Performing Arts Professions
  • Studio Art

 Wednesday August 27th, 9:30a.m.

Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center for Univeristy Life, 10th floor
  • Applied Psychology
  • Communicative Sciences & Disorders
  • Nutrition & Food Studies
  • Teaching & Learning

NYU Welcome Week
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), Fall 2014
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, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, 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.

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

Communications with New Students

New students will begin receiving e-mail communications in May 2014 through August 2014.

New Student Email 1 - New Undergraduate Experience

New Student Email 2 - Online Orientation & Social Media

New Student Email 3 - The Online Orientation Portal & Advisor Web Chats

New Student Email 4 - New Student Seminar: Theme & Reading

New Student Email 5 - A Special Note from Dean Patricia Carey

New Student Email 6 - 2014 Welcome Week Events


New Student Checklist

□  Follow the instructions in your admissions packet for deposit, housing, financial information, and setting up your NYU email account.

□  Bookmark this page for updates.

□  Continue to check your NYU email account for updates. This is the primary form of communication at NYU Steinhardt.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to participate in orientation?
Unless you are an internal transfer student who has already registered for your classes, all new students are required to utilize the online orientation portal to learn about degree requirments, obtain instructions on how to register for classes, and discover the resources we offer to help you be successful at Steinhardt.

When does orientation begin and end?
Orientation is a continuous process that starts in the Summer with Online Orientation and continues through the Fall semester.

Do I have to take the English writing examination?
Most new transfer students  take the expository writing examination. Your adviser will be able to answer questions about credits for English and writing classes. The examination will be offered  during Welcome Week for Fall transfer students.

Do I have to take the foreign language placement examination?
If you wish to take a class in a language that you studied in high school, and you are not transferring in AP or college credit for that language, you must take the placement examination so that you can be advised as to the proper class level.

Will I get all of the classes I need?
Your adviser will check to make certain that you have registered for courses that you need to take in order to meet your NYU Steinhardt graduation requirements.

Immunization Requirements

New York University policy requires that all incoming students complete several health-related requirements that include a health history, proof of immunization to measles, mumps and rubella, an acknowledgement that you have received information regarding meningitis and have completed an on-line course on alcohol and other drugs.

In the coming weeks you will be receiving information, forms and instructions from the Student Health Center that will assist you in complying with these requirements.

If health requirements are not met and required information has not been received by the Student Health Center (SHC) your registration will be cancelled and you will be de-enrolled 30 days after classes begin.

For more information visit the Student Health Center's website

Placement Exams

Foreign language: If you wish to take a class in a language that you studied in high school, and you are not transferring in AP or college credit for that language, you must take the placement examination so that you can be advised as to the proper class level. Exams will be offered in: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Korean, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Tagalog, Portuguese, Russian

Expository writing: All new transfer students, even if they have taken English/Writing courses must take the Expository Writing Examination. Your adviser will be able to answer questions about credits for English/Writing classes, etc.

All music majors must take the music theory placement examination.