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 Fall 2024 Orientation:
August 26 - 28, 2024

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 August, 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 August 26 - 28, 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 August.
  • 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

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. 


2024-2025 NYU Reads Selection: TBD

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 2023 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 2022
Text: "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro

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"