Undergraduate Student Orientation | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Undergraduate Student Orientation

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

New Student Orientation

Save the Date for Spring 2023 Orientation:
January 19-20, 2023

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an experience comprised of a variety of opportunities to introduce you to academic and student life at Tandon. Starting in early January, you will hear from your Orientation Leaders (OLs) who will be your guide throughout the program and into the start of the school year. They will share important information with you, invite you to join a group just for your Orientation “pod”, and keep you up to date on all of the events happening both at Tandon and across NYU to welcome new students. Orientation Leaders will share their NYU experience with you, answer your questions, and do their best to ensure your smooth transition into the Tandon community! 

New Student Orientation will be in-person and take place January 19 and 20, just before classes start. NSO programs will include a welcome from NYU Tandon Dean Jelena Kovačević,  time with your Orientation Leaders, a resource fair, academic advising sessions, plus much more! You will also be invited to attend all of the great events being put on as part of NYU Welcome, hosted by the Center for Student Life.


Important information about Orientation

  • Registration is required for Orientation. 
  • Every student will be assigned to a pod, led by one current Tandon student called an Orientation Leader (OLs). Your pod assignment will be sent to you via email in January.
  • Each academic department will host a presentation for students in their major. Undecided students should attend the department session for the major(s) they are interested in. If you have questions about which department session to attend, please contact your assigned advisor!
  • ALL undergraduate students are expected to attend the mandatory events of orientation. These will be clearly noted on the schedule. Social programs in the evenings will be optional & are designed to enhance the overall transition process.


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. 

During orientation you will have the opportunity to meet with your academic advisor, attend informational sessions and workshops, and meet faculty and staff from across Tandon. You will also be able to interact with other incoming students while receiving guidance from current transfer students. 


International Students

All International students are also REQUIRED to attend an International Student Orientation with the Office of Global Services (OGS). You can check out the OGS website for more information. Please note, all OGS International Student Orientations will be virtual this year. Students should schedule their OGS International Student Orientation based on their personal schedule. 


NYU Welcome

All new NYU students, including Tandon students, are invited to participate in NYU Welcome at the start of the fall semester each year! There are plenty of entertaining and informative programs throughout the summer and into the academic year. 

For a list of the events and how to sign-up for them, please visit the Center for Student Life page. 


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

Orientation Newsletters

NSO Rundowns

Check back here at the beginning of every week leading up to New Student Orientation for the latest information on all things NYU Welcome in the weekly NSO Rundown!

NSO Rundown #1 - January 9

To all our new students, welcome to the one and only NYU Tandon School of Engineering! You have officially arrived!  We are so thrilled to be able to finally meet you in just a few short weeks. We are going to have a blast! This is your first official rundown for the upcoming New Student Orientation. You will see these in your inbox every week with updates. It will have plenty of information about Orientation, and answers to questions you might have about transitioning to campus, and much more. This will be your one stop for all things Orientation. 

Your first task to get ready is to register for Tandon’s New Student Orientation! Registration is now open and required for all incoming students, first-years and transfers. You will need your NYU N number (e.g. N12345678) handy in order to register. If you have any questions or concerns about the registration process, please hit us up at orientation.tandonstudentlife@nyu.edu

NYU Returns: As a reminder, all students are required to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations (including a booster, when eligible) with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine. Read about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement and review the FAQ for more information. For any questions on vaccination requirements, health and safety guidelines, and more, please visit NYU Returns.

Reminders: The full Orientation schedule will be available soon on NYU Mobile. Want to be ready for the schedule drop? Download NYU Mobile today. Follow our office, the NYU Tandon Office of Student Leadership & Engagement on social media @engagement.tandonstudentlife for updates and ways to get involved with clubs, leadership, service, and much more!

NSO Rundown #2 - January 16

Welcome to your Orientation Pod! What is a Pod, you ask? Pods are the groups that you will be in throughout Orientation guided by one or two current undergraduate student leaders, called Orientation Leaders (OLs). We put you in these groups so you will be able to get to know other new students really well before your classes even begin (and who doesn’t want more friends?!?) 

Soon, you will receive a welcome email from your Pod Orientation Leaders to introduce you to your pod name, meeting location, and tell you more about them! You will be able to use Slack to connect you with your Pod-mates so take a minute now to join our Orientation Slack! That will get you added to your general channel and from there.Your OLs will add you to the channel specifically for your Pod so you can introduce yourself and start getting to know your Pod-mates before you even reach campus!

Orientation Schedule Coming Soon! Soon, you will receive an email from the NYU Welcome team about accessing your Orientation Schedule through NYU Mobile. Please note that Tandon’s schedule is still being finalized, so if you don’t see a specific date/time for a session (e.g. you don’t see your department’s session), don’t panic! We will update it continuously as we get closer to the start of Orientation on January 19!

Spotlight #1: Have you heard of TUSC yet? It is your Tandon Undergraduate Student Council and they are your elected student representatives that plan awesome programs throughout the year, make important changes around campus, and represent Tandon in the NYU-wide Student Government Assembly. Some of their past highlights include:

  • Voicing students' feedback on campus safety to the Vice Dean for Strategy & Chief of Staff and the Director of Operations and Administration
  • Helping to improve late-night travel options between the Manhattan and Brooklyn campus for students
  • Representing Tandon students on the Brooklyn Community District 2 Board to strengthen our relationship with the community and promote the safety of NYU students

Want to be part of TUSC this year? Make sure to follow them on Instagram @nyutandonusc 

Spotlight #2: Meet NYU Engage! Engage is NYU’s online community that connects students to clubs, organizations, and campus events. Join NYU Engage today! You will want to join NYU Engage before you arrive for Orientation, because that is how you will check-in with your Pod each day. Once you join Engage, visit engage.nyu.edu/eventpass to download your personalized QR code Event Pass to your phone to make check-in quick and easy. And the great news - your Event Pass is good for as long as you are a student, so you will want to keep it handy for all the amazing events you are going to attend this year!

Reminders: Don’t forget to register for Tandon’s New Student Orientation! Registration is now open and required for all incoming students, first-years and transfers. You will need your NYU N number (e.g. N12345678) handy in order to register. If you have any questions or concerns about the registration process, let us know at orientation.tandonstudentlife@nyu.edu.

NYU Reads

NYU Reads brings the NYU community together around a single common reading, chosen by a University committee made up of faculty, student, and administrator representatives. You will soon find out that at Tandon, we are committed to supporting and enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity among all of our students, faculty, and staff, in the firm belief that diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments are not tangential or incidental to excellence, but constitutive of it. With that in mind, during the semester, you will have the opportunity to actively participate in the NYU Reads program, as you engage in discussions and events related to the book. 


2022-2023 NYU Reads Selection: Klara and the Sun

You may find information on how to access and purchase the chosen novel on the NYU Reads website.
Follow-up events and activities related to the NYU Reads theme will occur throughout the Fall 2022 semester. Stay tuned for more information via email as well as on our social media pages (@tandonstudentlife)


Past NYU Reads/First-Year Dialogue Selections:

Fall 2021
Text: "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Fall 2020:
Text: "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson

Fall 2018:
Text: "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Ducksworth
Theme: "Passion + Perseverance = Success"

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"