Collage of photos from past NYU Silver Orientations, including student leaders standing in their matching t-shirts on the cobblestones of the Washington Square Mews, students sitting around tables eating and talking, students walking down the main stairway at the Kimmel Center, students seated around a conference table listing to alumni speakers, a table covered in NYU Silver swag, and a student smiling broadly as she types on a sticker-covered laptop

Fall 2023 Orientation

Welcome, New Silver Students!

Congratulations on beginning your education at NYU Silver School of Social Work! We’re excited that you’re part of the Silver community!

We invite you to mark your calendar for these important dates:

MSW Student Orientation

Day I: Monday, August 28, 2023 at 6:00pm ET via Zoom
Day II: Tuesday, August 29, 2023, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Washington Square Campus
Note: Students will begin Day II in small groups with Orientation Leaders. Please refer to your NYU email for your meeting location.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Inclusive Engagement & Student Life at

New MSW students seated at roundtables with long tables of food and drinks along the back wall

BS Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 11:00am
Grand Hall (5th Floor), Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street

If you have any questions please contact the BS of Social Work Academic Team at

Presidential Welcome at Radio City Music Hall
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 8:15am
Meet-up Location: 1 Washington Square North New York, NY 10003
This event is for new first year and external transfer students only.

2022 Incoming BS class posed in front of a white wall

DSW Student Orientation

Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 8:30am
1 Washington Square North, Parlor (Welcome from 8:30-9:30am in Room 112)

If you have any questions please contact the DSW Academic Team at

2022 Incoming DSW cohort standing around violet and silver balloons and an NYU Silver banner

PhD Student Orientation

Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 8:30am
1 Washington Square North, Room 112

If you have any questions please contact the PhD Academic Team at  

2022 Incoming PhD cohort with program leadership standing in front of 1 Washington Square North

Shanghai Campus Orientation

Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 9:00am CST
Classroom E303, Qiantan Campus

If you have any questions please contact the Shanghai Academic Team at  

NYU Shanghai Bund Campus on a sunny day

Westchester Campus Orientation

Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 9:30am
Living Room, Wrexham Hall

If you have any questions please contact the Westchester Academic Team at

Wrexham Hall on the Sarah Lawrence College campus in Westchester County

Rockland Campus Orientation

Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 1:00pm
Room 226, Maguire Hall

If you have any questions please contact the Rockland Academic Team at

Students walking in front of Maguire Hall on the St. Thomas Aquinas campus in Rockland County

Here’s what to expect

Orientation is an opportunity for all new students to come together and begin their journey at NYU.

During orientation you will…

  • Learn about Silver’s values and community expectations
  • Make personal connections with fellow new students, staff, and faculty
  • Learn about school and university resources and opportunities related to academic support, wellness, and campus involvement

Please monitor your NYU email for more information related to orientation schedule and speakers for each respective degree program/campus.

Community Support

Continuing students, faculty, and staff can’t wait for you to start your journey at Silver. Here are some words of encouragement as you gear up for your first semester.

BS ’26

Isaac Garcia (he/they)

Hometown: Dover, NJ
Minor in American Sign Language
President, Silver First-Gen Students of Color Advisory Board

“BE NICE TO YOURSELF! The first year of college involves a lot of “new” and everyone learns how to balance life differently. You don’t have to rush into internships and leadership opportunities right away, trust me, those opportunities will be there when you are ready for them. Take advantage of the plethora of student groups that are there so you can find your community and make new friends! There is no handbook to college and that can feel overwhelming especially if you have no older siblings or parents to ask for help from. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from staff, your RA, or counselor. Lastly, enjoy it! Take advantage of the city, have fun, and make the most of college. You belong here.”

Jackie Cossie headshot
LMSW and PhD Student

Jackie Cosse (they/she)

Hometown: Queens, NY
Treasurer, PhD Student Government Association

“PhD program acceptances are extremely competitive for a reason - be kind and patient with yourself when things get hard. They are supposed to be, and you have already surpassed the biggest hurdle: you would not have been admitted if those at Silver did not believe in your ability to be here. Success should be measured not in grades or your ability to quickly grasp concepts, but rather, in your sheer existence within an academy steeped in intersections of white supremacy, cisheterosexism, ableism, and more. You are here for a reason, you have passions that brought you here. Those are paramount above all else.”

Tania Hameed headshot

Tania Hameed (she/her)

Hometown: Houston, TX
Public Relations Chair, Macro Social Work Student Network

“Do not let your fears get in the way of your own greatness. If you ever find yourself questioning if something is meant for you or not, do not let fear keep you from going after the things you want. Reach out, build those relationships, and submit your applications. You have made it this far for a reason and you may end up surprising yourself when you put yourself out there! Some of the most enriching experiences I have had in my MSW journey came from putting myself out there despite worrying that I had nothing to contribute.”