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2020 - 2021 Academic Year Update

These unprecedented times have called for unprecedented measures. That includes a complete re-imagination of the Tandon experience for the 2020-2021 academic year to deliver extraordinary flexibility in terms of how you study, where you study, and when you study — NYU Tandon, your way.

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.

For an overview of some of the key building, infrastructure, classroom and information technology activities supporting a safe and successful semester, read:

NYU Returns: FALL 2020 Operational Readiness Overview (PDF)

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.

To be as accommodating as possible in response to each student’s unique circumstances relating to COVID-19, you will have the option to take any of your Fall 2020 courses on a fully remote* and asynchronous basis, even if you choose a course that mentions in-person meeting times.

  • Synchronous means that courses are held remotely at a specific time, and are taught in real-time to allow for dynamic interactions.
  • Asynchronous means that course materials are accessible to download/view on your own time. 

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.

Safety & Testing Guidance

For those students who do plan to return to campus, the University has released new information and guidance regarding everyday safety, the academic year, and testing & quarantining. Please visit these sites for the latest information; you can also find a summary below:

  • If you are traveling from outside the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT), you should plan to arrive by August 18-19 to quarantine if you want to start classes in-person on time. Do not worry if you have to arrive after Aug. 18; you can start your classes remotely during your quarantine if you are unable to arrive early. 
  • All students coming to NYU’s New York campus must obtain a COVID-19 diagnostic PCR test and receive a negative result before being allowed in class or any academic or administrative building.
  • Test results must be submitted regardless of whether they are positive or negative. Those who test positive should self-isolate and someone from the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will be in touch with instructions. In the meantime if you are asymptomatic or feel well enough, you can continue to take classes remotely. 

Students traveling 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.
  • The university will open residence halls early and deliver two meals per day at no additional charge for students living in undergraduate housing. Students living off-campus will be required to attest that they completed the mandatory 14-day quarantine and test negative before coming to campus.

We recommend that students outside the tri-state area but not in restricted or hot-spot locations follow the same guidelines. Regardless, you should be tested no more than 14 days before you plan to first enter any NYU academic or administrative building and submit the results whether they are positive or negative. 

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

Printing Locations

Fall 2020

Number of Printers
5 MetroTech, 3rd Floor Library
7 days, 7am-11pm
6 MetroTech, Basement
6 MetroTech, Gymnasium
Mon-Sat, 7am-11pm
370 Jay, 205
2 MetroTech, Commuter Lounge (10.148)
7 days, 7am-11pm
2 MetroTech, Outside 9.122
7 days, 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 use your NYU email address to submit a specific question about the fall.