Getting Started at the NYU School of Professional Studies

The following information will help you get acclimated quickly as a new NYU School of Professional Studies student. Learn how to obtain your Student ID number, your NYU Net ID number, meet with an academic counselor, and open an email account.

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Academic Advisement
Before you register for classes, you must meet with an academic advisor to plan your course of study and to select the classes you will take during the next semester. Together, you will choose courses that meet the requirements of your program that you are qualified to take. Your advisor will provide you with a signed copy of your registration form listing the courses you will take and an access code for registration.

In general, your academic advisor should be consulted whenever you have questions about, or are experiencing difficulties with, your academic program. Any changes in the courses you select must also be approved by the academic advisor, including courses you wish to drop or add during the term. Meetings with a departmental advisor can be scheduled through your program office.

Student Number
Your student number or University ID (starting with an N, and followed by 9 digits) is mailed to you in your admissions packet and also is printed on your NYU ID card.  Write this number down or memorize it, as you will be asked for it throughout the academic career.

All students enrolled in degree programs, are provided with an NYU NetID (Network IDentification). Your NetID is a combination of your initials and a few random numbers, e.g., aqe123, and is usually printed on the back of your NYUCard. It is different from your University ID, which also is printed on your NYUCard, but consists of a longer string of numbers and starts with an "N." Once activated (see below), your NetID is your key to many NYU online resources, including, NYUHome. Your NetID also is used to create your default NYU email address (e.g.,

Activating Your NYU NetID
You can activate your NetID at any time, from any Internet-connected computer, using the ITS Start page. If you know your NetID (it is usually printed on the back of your NYU ID Card), enter it in the appropriate field and click "Start!"; if not, follow the instructions at the top of the page. Then, complete the steps for setting up a password (visit the Security pages for password tips) and beginning your NYUHome service. If you encounter any problems, contact the ITS Client Services Center.

An NYUCard is required for all NYU students and should be carried at all times while on campus. The card entitles you to various privileges on campus, as well as access to selected NYU buildings, campus transportation, and computer centers located across the campus and at some NYU buildings located off the main campus.

Students must have an NYUCard in order to request services at the Student Services Center and to gain entry to the residence halls, the libraries, Coles and Palladium Sports Center, and other University buildings. Do not lend this card to anyone at any time for any reason. You can be subject to disciplinary proceedings if you are involved in fraudulent use of an NYUCard. If you should terminate your stay at NYU, please return your card to the NYUCard Center.

Your eligibility will be verified in the Registrar system when you obtain your NYUCard. The Registrar has the final authorization as to whether a card is to be issued. To verify eligibility, please contact the NYUCard Center at 212-443-CARD. Once verified, you may go to the card center, located at 7 Washington Place. You must bring proof of identification (i.e. State Driver’s License, State Photo ID, or Passport).

Information Printed on Your NYUCard
The month/year date on the right side of your card represents the expiration date of the card. The date is good through the end of the month in the year indicated.  If the date on the card has expired or is about to expire, you should return your card to the NYUCard Center.

If you have discarded your expired ID card and are seeking a replacement card, you will be charged a $15 replacement fee (cash or campus cash are the only forms of payment). Electronic access privileges are assigned on a semester basis and are based upon several factors; therefore your card may not work even if the card date is valid. Please check with the NYUCard Center for a status update.

In addition to the important telephone numbers on the back of your card, your University ID and NetID are located above the barcode.