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NYU Tandon Returns

2021-2022 Academic Year Update

We are excited to welcome you back for a fall semester that looks much more like a "typical" Tandon experience — namely, one that includes our students being on-campus and more in-person interactions, both in the classroom and beyond.

Your 2021 Experience

In-person academics, extracurricular and social activities are a vital part of Tandon, NYU, Brooklyn, and NYC, and we are thrilled that NYU has resumed in-person instruction for the academic year 2021-22.

students outside modern campus building

NYU has extremely high rates of vaccination among students, faculty, and staff. Assuming persistent low rates of classroom transmission and adherence to mask policies, we expect that our classrooms, labs, dining halls, and performing arts spaces this fall will stay open and we look forward to offering a range of in-person and virtual events, programs and activities. With that in mind:

  • Safety continues to be paramount: Our first priority has always been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of our community. Please know that our decision-making will continue to be fueled by the same commitment to keeping our community safe that has guided the last year. That is why NYU has required all students and employees returning to in-person classes to be vaccinated (with medical and religious exemptions), updated dining guidelines and visitor policies, and continued to require mask-wearing while in NYU buildings (with limited exceptions) and on outside property, such as plazas, courtyards, outside seating, and loading docks. 
  • We are making remote learning and/or late arrival accommodations where circumstances require them: We understand that some students, particularly international students, continue to experience challenges making it to campus due to visa delays and other travel issues beyond their control, and we will make appropriate accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Each academic department has determined the appropriate accommodations for each program, and you can find a comprehensive list of these courses here.
  • We continue to offer global study opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. For undergraduate students, study away and international exchange is operating based on NYU guidelines as well as foreign countries and host university rules and regulations. Graduate students who are Chinese citizens or mainland entry permit holders of China have the opportunity to Start Local, Go Global at NYU Shanghai. .

 Follow the latest guidance from the University for Fall 2021 at NYU Returns.

NYU Tandon Returns Progress

Beginning last Fall, we took steps toward a safe return to on-campus instruction, and were heartened to see that the measures we’ve taken, and the overwhelmingly responsible actions of our faculty, students, and staff, kept our case positivity rates low and our community safe as we’ve returned to campus. 

students in the Makerspacce wearing face masks

Progress to Date

  • July 2020: Tandon began mass technology and media upgrades in classrooms across campus to create more effective remote and hybrid teaching environments, including installing, upgrading, and relocating podiums, monitors, connectors, cameras, touch panels, laser LCD projectors, and ceiling-mounted microphones.
  • August 2020: Students who chose to return to residence halls and in-person instruction were able to do so with mask-wearing, social distancing, testing, quarantine, and screening protocols.
  • September 2020: The MakerSpace reopened at limited capacity with reservations.
  • September 2020: Study, Remote Learning and Quick Spots open for use with mask wearing and social distancing.
  • January 2021: New York State opened vaccination for in-person college instructors; NYU Langone began offering vaccinations to approximately 7,000 people meeting Phase 1 eligibility guidelines, including faculty teaching in-person and blended courses. NYU has prepared plans for vaccination sites on campus for future distribution to the entire community. 
  • March 2021: NYU expresses optimism about a return to in-person instruction. 
  • March 2021:  Group Rooms and Residence Hall Lounges re-open at limited capacity with reservations.
  • March 2021: Select student curriculum-related travel resumes with special permission.
  • April 2021: NYU begins rolling out on-campus vaccinations for students through the student health center.
  • April 2021: NYU announces plan to require all students returning in-person to New York and other U.S. campuses to be vaccinated (accommodating for medical and religious exemptions.)
  • June 2021: Effective June 7th, NYU will allow students and employees who upload their proof of vaccination to the Student Health Portal to be exempt from the ongoing community testing program for access to campus; a daily health screener will continue to be required. 
  • June 2021: NYU announces process and timing for students to upload their proof of vaccination ahead of the Fall semester.
  • June 2021: NYU Athletics announces some athletic facilities, including the Brooklyn Facility, re-open on June 7th to students with reservations.
  • September 2021: In-person classes for Fall 2021 begin on September 2nd.
Members of our NYU community share what they are most looking forward to doing once they're vaccinated.

We aim to help our community continue to get vaccinated. NYU is an approved site, and the University is offering vaccines to employees through NYU Langone and to students through the student health center.

Course Instruction

Registration for Fall 2021 opened May 24 for continuing students, and opened the second half of the week of June 14 for first-year and continuing students. The add/drop period ends September 15th. Please refer to the First-year Student Registration Process and Transfer Student Advisement and Registration Process webpages for more information. If you need accommodations for remote access visit Fall 2021 Remote Classes.

Student in class


Visit the NYU COVID-19 Information website for more information, view frequently asked questions, or reach out to the resources below to get more detailed information. 

Admitted undergraduate students Visit the admitted undergraduate student site or contact us.
Admitted graduate students Visit the admitted graduate student site or email engineering.gradinfo@nyu.edu.
Continuing undergraduate students Contact your departmental advisor.
Continuing graduate students Contact your graduate advisor.
Students interested in studying at another campus or site Undergraduate students can email tandonglobal@nyu.edu.
Graduate students can email engineering.gradinfo@nyu.edu.

If you still have questions, you can reach out to asktandondean@nyu.edu.