Frequently Asked Questions | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

for Ph.D. Students

If your questions are not listed here, please email

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The Ph.D. Hub offers a number of academic, professional and social networking resources geared specifically to Ph.D. students:

  • Professional Development

    • Workshops on leadership, teamwork, mentoring and digital literacy
    • Academic and industry career panels
  • Writing Support
    • Writing Course: Writing and Communication for Engineers and Scientists
    • Graduate Writing Workshop: NSF and Doctoral Fellowships
  • Student Engagement
    • Monthly Stress-buster Events (happy hours, rock climbing, arcade games, etc.)
  • Work-Life Wellness
    • Workshops to support work-life balance (e.g. Ph.D. student mental health)
  • Advising Support (academic and non-academic)
  • Social Media

For department-specific questions once you have been admitted to Tandon, please contact:

Consult with your department academic advisor before registering for courses outside of your approved program.

Please complete this request form and a member of our team will follow up with next steps.

Transfer credits are generally handled by the academic advisor or program director in your department. Please refer to the academic requirements by degree program page for more information on the transfer credit process; if you are still unclear, email

Incoming Students

The official start date is the first day of classes.

The Ph.D. Student Welcome for Fall 2023 will be held on Thursday, August 24. Matriculated students will receive more information about the Ph.D. Student Welcome, as well as the New Graduate Student Orientation, later in the summer.

We recommend that incoming students arrive in NYC no later than mid-August.

Tandon Graduate Admissions must receive these documents no later than August 1. You will receive instructional emails throughout the summer.

This Getting Started video from NYU’s Office of Global Services will help you navigate the student visa application process as well as other important action items as you begin your NYU journey.

OGS also has a number of excellent pre-recorded webinars on various topics relevant to international students.

Visit NYU Payroll and scroll down to “Enroll in Direct Deposit” to learn more about how to set up direct deposit.

We recognize that it can be challenging to secure housing in New York City and surrounding areas. We encourage you to explore the below resources as soon as possible.

  • There is a waitlist application for on-campus graduate student housing that opens in March, which may be accessed through your NYUHome account (go to the search field and enter Housing).
  • NYU also has an off-campus living webpage which contains many helpful suggestions.
  • There is a Facebook page dedicated to graduate student housing at NYU.
  • Finally, you can join the Tandon PhD student Discord group and post on the #housing channel if you are looking for a roommate or have other questions about housing that your peers might be able to answer.

Please visit the Tandon Students Health Insurance webpage.
To reach a NYU health insurance representative directly: OR 212.443.1020

After the Ph.D. Student Welcome, we encourage you to attend the incoming Ph.D. Student Happy Hour gathering, where you will be able to mingle with your cohort as well as current Ph.D. students and faculty. Other good ways to stay in touch with your fellow Ph.D. students are by attending events and workshops.

Incoming students are expected to attend the New Graduate Student Orientation and the Ph.D. orientation; both take place the last week of August. Exceptions for late arrivals are made by the Office of Graduate Academics and are almost exclusively granted for unavoidable visa delays. It is possible that your admission may be rescinded if you cannot arrive in NYC before classes begin.

If you expect your arrival in NYC to be delayed past the first day of classes, you will need to send an email to with an explanation of your situation and planned arrival date.

Financial Aid posts fall and spring awards at the beginning of the fall semester. Summer awards are posted later, typically during the spring semester. When your summer award is added to your Albert Student Center, you should receive an email letting you know that there has been an update to your financial aid.