Spring 2021 Information | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Spring 2021 Information

2020 - 2021 Academic Year Update

Unprecedented times called for unprecedented measures, and COVID-19 demanded a complete re-imagination of the Tandon experience to deliver extraordinary flexibility in terms of how you study, where you study, and when you study — NYU Tandon, your way. As a result, the 2020-2021 academic year looks very different from previous ones.

NYU Tandon students talking on campus

Study Options

Our new and returning undergraduate and graduate students have the choice of four pathways to accommodate different scenarios:

New York Start Begin the semester on the Tandon campus
Late Arrival Start remotely and arrive on campus when it is possible based on your specific circumstances
All Remote Take classes from wherever you are via asynchronous and synchronous remote instruction depending on the department and program
Study at a global NYU or partner site Study at another global NYU or partner site that you live near via a mix of in-person or remote instruction — depending on the department, program, and location — as long as you hold citizenship or residency rights in the country that is home to that location.

Read here for an overview of some of the key building, infrastructure, classroom and information technology activities supporting a safe and successful semester.

Course Instruction

In Albert, you will see three different available course instruction modes:

  • In-person indicates that class is in-person with regularly scheduled meetings at the course’s home campus or global site. All enrolled students may attend every class.
  • Blended indicates that the class is partially in-person with rotation of in-person and remote online attendance. In most cases, students will meet in-person once every two classes, barring exceptional circumstances.
  • Online indicates that the section is completely remote and there is no physical or in-person component. Note that, under the course section, you may see notations like INET or REMT. For both of these notations, the Course Instruction Mode is Online, and you may choose either one. If you are sure that you will want to attend any of your courses online, then please select a section that is indicated as INET or REMT if they exist for that course. This will help us determine how many will meet in-person for each course.

If you plan on being asynchronous for some courses:

  • If you are in a time zone in which courses are held outside of normal work hours, please tell your professor if you plan to undertake any section of their course asynchronously.
  • If you are able to attend synchronously, make sure to show up at the proper time.

If you plan on being remote:

  • If both in-person and remote sections are available, you should register for remote sections. 
  • You should remain remote the entire semester.
  • Excused absences must be approved by the Office of Student Affairs (Deanna Rayment at deanna.rayment@nyu.edu) for remote students to be asynchronous. 

If you plan on being in-person:

  • You should be in-person for the entire semester for all of your in-person and blended courses.
  • Excused absences must be approved by the office of student affairs (Deanna Rayment at deanna.rayment@nyu.edu) for in-person students to be remote.

No matter which option you choose, these things are certain:

  • Your health and safety remain paramount to all of our decision-making;
  • You will have access to high-quality Tandon education in the way that works best for you and your family;
  • You will have the opportunity to remain involved in the Tandon community both in-person and remotely through events, activities, and updates.

You can also find guidance on remote learning essentials.

Safety & Testing Guidance

For those students who do plan to be on campus, there are ways the University is working to keep our community safe and guidance on how you can help to contribute. Please visit NYU Returns for the latest information regarding everyday safety, the spring academic calendar, travel and quarantine guidance, and testing protocols. You can also find a summary of the Spring calendar below:

  • Opening the residence halls early on January 13 to allow for a two-week quarantine period for those coming from hotspot states or international destinations
  • Commencing spring classes Thursday, January 28
  • Suspending the spring break week for 2021, but adding two long weekends to the calendar for 2021 — Friday, March 19 and Monday, April 19 (in addition to the existing President’s Day Weekend, Monday, February 15)
  • Adding a “Legislative Day” (a Thursday on which Monday classes would meet) to the calendar on Thursday, May 6
  • Ending spring classes as scheduled on May 10, to be followed by the reading period and final examinations

The guidelines below are subject to change in accordance with government and University restrictions. Please check NYU Returns for the latest guidelines.

Students traveling to campus in the Spring from “restricted” states or international destinations must quarantine in New York for 14 days.

Those students must receive two negative results before entering NYU academic or administrative buildings — the first test within 24 hours of arrival, and the second test 7-10 days later. 

Students in the tri-state area should also be tested no more than 14 days before they plan to first enter any NYU academic or administrative building and submit the results

Once on campus, students should then follow the ongoing testing schedule and complete the daily screener.

You can find the latest testing data via the COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

Campus Resources

Study, Remote Learning, and Quick Spots

You can now walk-in and pick an open space to join an online class, do work, study, or take a quick break by using the Scan & Reserve app


Test Kit Distribution and Drop-off Locations

Participation in the community testing process is mandatory for anyone who needs to enter NYU buildings. If you are not up-to-date on your testing requirement, you will not be able to enter NYU buildings. For current NYU students, faculty, and employees, NYU offers a saliva test kit powered by Binx, which can be self-administered at home.  

On the Brooklyn campus, Binx test kits can be picked-up at 6 MetroTech Center, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 

Test kits can be dropped off 24/7 using the drop boxes located in 6 MetroTech Center and 370 Jay Street. Test kits can be picked-up and dropped off at any University pick-up and drop-off locations. 


Printing Locations

Spring 2021

Number of Printers
5 MetroTech, 3rd Floor Library
7 days, 7am-11pm
6 MetroTech, Basement
6 MetroTech, Gymnasium
Mon-Fri, 7am-11pm
370 Jay, 205
2 MetroTech, Commuter Lounge (10.148)
Mon-Fri, 7am-11pm
2 MetroTech, Outside 9.122
Mon-Fri, 7am-11pm

Touchless printing instructions

  1. From any device, upload your document at mobileprint.nyu.edu.
  2. Set print options.
  3. After the document has been uploaded, go to an NYU printer.
  4. Use the corner of your ID card, instead of your finger, to select and print the document.
  5. Keep your printed pages private. Don’t forget to remove all printed documents.

For help, contact the NYU IT Service Desk at AskIT@nyu.edu or (212) 998-3333.


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.