Undergraduate Student Orientation

Meet your classmates, learn about life on campus, and begin your adventure as part of the NYU Tandon community!

Students doing volunteer Work at Orientation

Spring Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Orientation Schedule: January 23 - 25, 2019

Once you have confirmed your enrollment, make sure to register for New Student Orientation and check out the schedule. Be prepared for fun, informative, and meaningful events and programs — all geared toward you as you begin your journey with us. This is mandatory for all incoming undergraduate students.

Getting Started 

Visit New Undergraduate Students for more information about registration, campus living, and a new student checklist. Make sure to utilize the checklist to ensure a smooth transition to NYU and the School of Engineering! 

Don't forget to submit your photo for your NYU ID.

Welcome Week

All new NYU students, including Tandon students, are invited to participate in NYU Welcome Week at the start of the Spring semester each year! There are plenty of entertaining and informative programs throughout the week — visit the List of Events page to learn more.

Make sure to check out all of the fun and informative programs that are happening right here in Brooklyn, too! We have a host of events and programs that compliment what happens at Washington Square and showcase our own unique school spirit. Annual events such as Brooklyn Bash, Club Fest, and the Tandon Kickoff are hosted in Brooklyn each year and are open to all NYU students!

International Students

All International students are REQUIRED to attend International Student Orientation with the Office of Global Services (OGS).  Check out the OGS website for more information. The international student orientation for new incoming students will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. 

Transfer Students

Just like brand new first-year students, incoming transfer students and those who will be attending Tandon for the first time are required to attend New Student Orientation. However, as a transfer student, you will only be required to attend on Friday, January 25th. 

You can register here!

During orientation you will have the opportunity to meet with your academic advisor, receive your NYU student ID card, attend informational sessions and workshops, as well as meet faculty, staff and fellow students. You will also be able to interact with other incoming students while receiving guidance from current transfer students. A detailed schedule will be sent out in early January. 

Placement Exams

All transfer students need to take the Mathematics Placement Exam and the Expository Writing Placement Exam

First-Year Dialogue

First-Year Dialogue is a program inspired by the educational paradigm i2e that brings innovation, invention and entrepreneurship to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and academic experience. Over the years as Tandon has transformed into a hub for Technology in Service to Society, and launched its premier MakerSpace, the first-year dialogue has aligned with these important School priorities. Over the summer all incoming students read a text chosen to explore a particular theme that showcases alignment with this paradigm and the school’s mission.

The First-Year Dialogue Selection for the Class of 2022 will be Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth and the theme is Passion + Perseverance = Success.

As an incoming student beginning your engineering education, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is an inspiring read that examines the powerful secret to outstanding achievement ... it is a proven combination of passion and persistence! The author, Angela Ducksworth, who is a renowned psychologist, takes readers into the field, interviewing dozens of high achievers whom she describes as “gritty people.” All of these individuals possess the ability to maintain their determination and motivation over long periods, despite experiences with failure and adversity. Angela suggests that “grit” can certainly be learned, even for the “non-geniuses” of the world. She characterized herself as one! Her father was very disappointed that she did not pursue a career as a medical doctor, but she always assured him that she would indeed find a rewarding career, along with great success. There’s no doubt that this relationship inspired her to pursue with “grit” the research, which ultimately earned her a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship!

For more information on the book selection and questions to think about as you read, check out this year's Dialogue Guide

Past First-Year Dialogue Selections:

Fall 2017:
Text: "Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis
Theme: "Transforming Engineering: Spare Parts, Determination and a Dream.”

Fall 2016:
Text: Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done by Mick Ebeling.
Theme: “Invention and Technology for the Good of Humanity”

Fall 2015
Text: Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelly. 
Theme: "Innovating for Change: Engaging Locally and Globally"