Getting Started at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

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New Undergraduate Student Checklist

Once you have been accepted, use this checklist to ensure a smooth transition to the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering:

  • Orientation: Register for and attend New Student Orientation which is held at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. Check back during the summer for further details.
  • Fall 2014 Transfer Tuition Deposit: Send in your tuition deposit in order to hold your spot in the class.
  • Major Confirmation: Students will be allowed to go online to register for classes based on their major. During the month of May, students will receive a correspondence from the NYU School of Engineering listing their current major on file.
  • Health Insurance: Familiarize yourself with the NYU School of Engineering's student Health Insurance. All students taking 9 or more credits are automatically enrolled in the the NYU School of Engineering health insurance plan. If you are a domestic student you may opt-out of the program.
  • Immunization: Submit your proof of immunity documents.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Scores: Students can obtain college credit at the NYU School of Engineering for their work on the Advanced Placement examinations (AP). In order for you to get college credit for your AP work, please request that the College Board send your Advanced Placement scores to NYU (CEEB: 2562).
  • Laptop Computer: Since 2000, the NYU School of Engineering has required all of its students to have laptops. To view this years' laptop and software requirements, take a moment to read the Laptop Computer Program Guide.
  • Mathematics Diagnostic Exams: All incoming students (both first year students and transfer students) MUST take the mathematics diagnostic exam, except those students who have received a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam(s). Official copies of AP scores must be sent to the School of Engineering Admissions Office as soon as possible in order to waive this requirement. Please contact the Mathematics Department for further information. Exams typically take 1.5 to 2 hours although you may take up to 3 hours; you may use pen or pencil and any calculator during the exam.

    Fall 2014 Exam dates:

    • Saturday, May 10th 11:30am-2:30pm, RH116
    • Wednesday, May 21st 6pm-9pm, RH 116
    • Saturday, June 7th 11:30am-2:30pm, RH 116
    • Wednesday, June 18th 6pm-9pm, RH 116
    • Saturday, June 28th 11:30am-2:30pm, RH 116
    • Wednesday, July 9th 6pm-9pm, JAB 474
    • Saturday, July 26th 11:30am-2:30pm, RH 116
    • Saturday, August 9th 11:30am-2:30pm, RH 116
    • Wednesday, August 20th 6pm-9pm, RH 116
    • Sunday, August 24th 3:30pm-6:30pm, JAB 474
    • Tuesday, August 26th 6pm-9pm, RH 116
    • Thursday, August 28th 6pm-9pm, RH 116
  • Expository Writing Placement Exam: All transfer students are, and a select group of first year students will be, required to take the Expository Writing Placement Exam, a campus based assessment. Upon taking the exam, students will be notified of the appropriate Expository Writing class to enroll in. If you are required to take the Expository Writing Placement Exam, you must do so before you enroll in classes.

    Fall 2014 Exam dates:

    • Saturday, May 10th 10am-11am, RH116
    • Wednesday, May 21st 4:30pm-5:30pm, RH 116
    • Saturday, June 7th 10am-11am, RH 116
    • Wednesday, June 18th 4:30pm-5:30pm, RH 116
    • Saturday, June 28th 10am-11am, RH 116
    • Wednesday, July 9th 4:30pm-5:30pm, JAB 474
    • Saturday, July 26th 10am-11am, RH 116
    • Saturday, August 9th 10am-11am, RH 116
    • Wednesday, August 20th 4:30pm-5:30pm, RH 116
    • Sunday, August 24th 2pm-3pm, JAB 474
    • Tuesday, August 26th 4:30pm-5:30pm, RH 116
    • Thursday, August 28th 4:30pm-5:30pm, RH 116
  • E-mail address: You will be assigned an NYU ID number at the time of your acceptance to the school. Please keep this number, printed on your acceptance letter, in a safe place as you will need it during the various stages of the student enrollment process. You will also be provided an NYU email address which will be your official point of contact with the institute once the school year begins.
  • Activate your NYU Net ID: In order to take advantage of services available through NYU to the NYU School of Engineering, such as the NYU Orientation Scheduling System, an activated NetID is needed. Your NetID is not active however until you access the NYU Start page and activate it. You can activate your NetID at any time, from any Internet-connected computer using the following steps:

    1. Using your NYU School of Engineering Peoplesoft login information, you need to first find your NYU Net ID located under “Self Service” → “IT Resource Information” → “IT Account Information”. In the middle of this page you will see a section titled NYU Information. Your NYU Net ID and NYU University ID information is listed here.
    2. Go to the NYU Start page: start.nyu.edu.
    3. Scroll down and enter Your NetID. (Leave password blank.)
    4. Click START! and then, on the next page, click Continue.
    5. Read the next page and click I agree to abide by these statements.
    6. Enter your new NYU University ID number. (Remember the "N" is upper case.)
    7. Enter your date of birth in month/date/year form.
    8. Enter a proposed password. (Please read the strong password rules carefully.)
    9. Re-enter your new password to confirm.
    10. Select a Hint and provide an answer. Then click Continue.

    You should see "Success! Your password has been set." Your NetID is now active and your new password will be valid almost immediately. If you need assistance, please call the IT Service Desk at 212-998-3333.

  • ID Card: Click here to upload a photo of yourself that meets the requirements listed online. Follow the steps on the website to send your photo to our team for approval. Once your photo is approved, we’ll notify you via your NYU email account and let you know where to pick up your NYU student ID card.
  • Buying books: Once your schedule is set, you can find the books the professors have selected for your courses and purchase the required and suggested texts via the NYU Main Bookstore. Please note that not all classes will have texts for sale via the NYU Bookstore - in this case, you will learn what text(s) are needed the first day of class.

Campus Living

Now that you are a part of the NYU School of Engineering community, start here to learn more about your new home!

  • Campus Safety: Get some safety tips and familiarize yourself with the safety measures in place on campus and in the community.
  • On-Campus Housing: Information regarding the NYU School of Engineering's residence halls and residence life.

Registration and Scheduling

As an NYU School of Engineering undergraduate student, you will be responsible for scheduling yourself online via PeopleSoft Student Self Service. Webinars will be held over the summer to guide you through the process for the first time. Please refer to the official Registration Webpage for first-year students for further information.

  • Academic Advisement Center: The Academic Advisement Center (AAC) will help you with all your advising questions in your first year at the NYU School of Engineering.
  • Academic Departments: After your first year, or beginning immediately if you are a transfer student, a department-specific adviser will help you along the way with all your registration and academic needs.
  • Bills: After your initial the NYU School of Engineering bill which is sent to your home, all subsequent bills will be electronic. NYU School of Engineering does not send paper bills. Familiarize yourself with the payment timeline and financial process on the Student Financial Services site.
  • Blackboard and MyPoly: The course management system NYU School of Engineering faculty and students use to post/view course information (syllabus, assignments, grades, etc). MyPoly is also an online document repository for commonly-used forms, reference documents, and how-to guides for the entire the NYU School of Engineering community.
  • Catalog: Familiarize yourself with the different entities within the NYU School of Engineering as well as academic policies, procedures and other guidelines to help you succeed.
  • Class Schedule: Search here to see class offerings for the semester.
  • Financial Aid: At the NYU School of Engineering we make every effort to assist you as you apply for the wide variety of financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans available to undergraduate and graduate students. We offer a range of scholarships, work-study, and graduate assistantship programs that reduce education costs for students of need and merit.
  • Registrar: The Office of the Registrar is responsible for maintaining the academic records of all current and former students at the NYU School of Engineering.