Academic Advising

All Precollege students have academic advisors on campus who are available to you whenever you have questions about choosing courses, registering, adding or dropping courses, academic resources on campus, or the best place to get good falafel in the neighborhood.  During the summer, advisors will host walk-in hours in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at 18 Washington Place. Students with questions are encouraged to meet with staff during walk-in hours or to contact us via email or phone.  We are here to help you, no appointment necessary!

Summer walk-in hours will take place:

Monday: 2pm- 4pm
Tuesday: 10am-12pm
Wednesday: 4pm-6pm
Thursday: 10am- 12pm

More information about academic advising for Precollege students is also available online.


  • How do I register for courses?
    Summer courses open to Precollege students are listed online. Albert is the online NYU system for course information and registration. Students are responsible for their own course registration. An instructional video and online guide on how to use Albert and register for courses is available to all students and may be helpful to you as you learn the NYU system.
  • How many courses do I register for?

Residential students are required to be enrolled in at least two courses total. This can be one course for credit and the noncredit writing workshop (see below), it can be two courses for credit, or it can be two courses for credit and the noncredit writing workshop.

Commuter students must be enrolled in one or two courses for credit, and the noncredit writing workshop is optional.

International students must be enrolled in six-eight total credits to be in compliance with their U.S. student visa.

  • What is the noncredit writing workshop?
    The noncredit writing workshop, EXPOS-UA 30 College Writing Workshop, is a noncredit course offered by the College of Arts and Sciences writing faculty specifically for Precollege students.   It is optional for all students, residential and commuter, and it introduces students to college-level research and writing skills. It is graded pass/fail and appears on a student’s NYU transcript like any other course.  Various sections are offered for schedule flexibility, and special sections are offered for students with English as a second language (section 064).
  • When can I register for classes?
    Precollege students may register for courses beginning February 13.Precollege courses are available first-come, first-served to all students. You are encouraged to find alternative courses of interest in the course listings on Albert in case your first-choice course(s) is full.  If a course you wish to take is full, you may place yourself on the waitlist or set up a course “swap” (see below).

Registering for a Waitlist and Swapping

Instructions on how to place yourself on a waitlist and/or set up a course swap are available in the Albert instructional video and online guide.

Please note: It is possible to place yourself on the waitlist for a course but not be enrolled into the course if a seat becomes available.

Waitlist advice:

Always use the swap function when signing up for a waitlisted course.  If you do not use the swap functionality in Albert, but choose instead to individually enroll and waitlist yourself into courses, it is possible that you will not be enrolled into a course from the waitlist due to enrolling in more credits than allowed or due to a time conflict between the waitlisted course and one of your enrolled courses.  The system will not register you if you have two courses that take place at the same time or overlap.

  • Enroll into your alternative selection first.  If your primary selection is closed with a waitlist option (it will say “waitlist” on Albert), you should first enroll into your alternate or backup course.  Then be sure to use the swap functionality when placing yourself on the waitlist for the course you would prefer if seats become available.
  • Placing yourself on a waitlist does not guarantee that you will eventually be able to enroll into a course.  As you continue to prepare for the summer, if you are on the waitlist for a course, it may be useful to begin looking at alternate courses.  You can view all courses online via the link above.  If you would like to view only open courses (i.e., those courses with seats currently available), please select “Open” from the “Open/Closed Classes” drop down menu on the right side of the course search screen.

Here are some additional tips if your first-choice course is currently waitlisted.

  • Enroll in another course of interest.  There are many great courses available, so explore the full list and find other courses that may be interest to you, or explore something new!  You never know – you might discover a new subject of interest by delving into an unexpected course.
  • Waitlisting is automatic. This means that Albert will roll the next person on the waitlist into the course if another student drops out and you meet the requirements outlined above.  No one – not even the course instructor – can grant you permission to enroll in a course if it has a waitlist.
  • Students cannot sit in on waitlisted courses.  Only students enrolled in a course are allowed to attend.  This is due to the size of classrooms and the available seats.

Withdrawing from Courses

Please note that NYU distinguishes between dropping and withdrawing. Students may add or drop individual courses at the start of the program.  If for any reason you need to withdraw from NYU completely, please email us at

*Please note: Precollege students are NYU students and must follow the policies of the University pertaining to withdrawing from courses.  The course withdrawal schedule is set by the NYU Registrar.