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NYU Tandon Returns

2021-2022 Academic Year Update

We don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to the return to a more “typical” Tandon experience. We are thrilled to be planning for a fall semester that looks much like those pre-pandemic — namely, one that includes our students being on-campus and more in-person interactions, both in the classroom and beyond.

Your 2021 Experience

We are doing everything possible to offer a fall semester that resembles a typical college experience. That means that — barring something unforeseen — NYU will resume in-person instruction for the academic year 2021-22, and will welcome students back to campus (safely!) with open arms.

students outside modern campus building

In-person academics, extracurricular and social activities are a vital part of Tandon, NYU, Brooklyn, and NYC. Assuming high rates of vaccination among NYUers, persistent low rates of classroom transmission, and the City’s successful reopening, we expect that all students and faculty will be back on campus and in our classrooms, labs, dining halls, and performing arts spaces this fall at or near normal capacity. And we look forward to offering a range of in-person and virtual events, programs and activities. With that in mind:

  • Safety will continue 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 will require all students returning to in-person classes to be vaccinated (with medical and religious exemptions), will likely require physical distancing in some spaces, and will continue 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 will make remote learning and/or late arrival accommodations where circumstances require them: We expect that some students, particularly international students, will 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. Of course, we hope you can join us in New York City in the Fall — but please know if that’s the case for you, we will work with you during this transition time to provide options that allow you to continue your studies. Each academic department will determine appropriate accommodations for each program. We will update this site and send an email by mid-July once those accommodations are finalized. 
  • We will continue to offer global study opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Global study options and details for graduate students will be announced in mid-May of 2021. For undergraduate students, we are planning for study away and international exchange as normal. That said, actual implementation will largely depend on NYU guidelines as well as foreign countries and host university rules and regulations. Contact tandonglobal@nyu.edu with questions or concerns.

 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. We monitor testing data closely via the reporting dashboard, and have been heartened to see that the measures we’ve taken, and the overwhelmingly responsible actions of our faculty, students, and staff, have 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. 


Anticipated Progress late Spring and Summer 2021:

We look forward to a continued return to more in-person activities later in the Spring semester as long as we are confident that we can maintain the health and safety of the community, including:

  • On-campus extracurricular activities expected to resume at very limited capacity with social distancing and mask-wearing. 
  • Fitness Center expected to re-open at limited capacity.

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 is expected to open May 24th for continuing students, and the second half of the week of June 14th for first-year and continuing students. Please refer to the First-year Student Registration Process and Transfer Student Advisement and Registration Process webpages for more information.

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.