Health, Wellness and Safety


Health and Wellness

During the high school program, students will experience exciting opportunities that will enrich their lives and give them a better sense of themselves and the world around them.  As with all new experiences, however, there are potential stressors as well. In some cases, students may need the support of medical and mental health professionals. Although spending time at NYU will, in many ways, be a new beginning, it is important that students continue any counseling or medical treatment while here (and continue to take any medication they may already be taking) to make sure they are feeling their best and can fully enjoy their experience.

It is important for you to arrange beforehand to have mental health or related services available here.  NYU does not offer long-term psychotherapy or ongoing psychiatric services for students.  Instead, students who need regular and frequent care are encouraged to get referrals to private mental health providers in the city. There may be a delay in making an appointment depending on availability, so it is best to start this process as early as possible. Also, students should make sure to have access to the prescription medications they may need, by either securing enough medication for the entire duration or plan for access to a local mental health professional who can write prescriptions.

Health Insurance

Please note that all high school students are required to maintain their own domestic health insurance (international students will automatically be enrolled in the NYU Comprehensive Health Insurance plan) and that in a time of crisis, the ability of NYU staff and local health professionals to help will be hindered if NYU does not have a student’s accurate health information on file.

Students should be sure their insurance coverage provides both mental health and general health benefits and covers both in-patient (hospital) as well as out-patient services. Even with insurance, students may pay out-of-pocket for some services then submit claim forms for reimbursement and should plan for both on-going and possible emergency costs to be paid out-of-pocket. Students should make sure they have a copy of their insurance card with them.

Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities

New York University is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and participation for students with disabilities.  It is the University’s policy that no qualified student with a disability be excluded from participating in any University program or activity, denied the benefits of any University program or activity, or otherwise subjected to discrimination with regard to any University program or activity.

The Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) determines qualified disability status and assists students in obtaining appropriate accommodations and services.  CSD operates according to an “Independent Living Philosophy”, and strives in its policies and practices to empower each student to become as independent as possible. Our services are designed to encourage independence, backed by a strong system of supports.

Any student who needs a reasonable accommodation based on a qualified disability is required to register with the CSD for assistance. Please visit here for information.


New York State law and NYU policy require all students taking six credits or more during the program to submit proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella and acknowledge receipt of information about or proof of immunization for meningitis. Information about this requirement is provided by the Student Health Center Immunization Office. More information about immunizations can be found here.

Public Safety

New York University Department of Public Safety has uniformed security officers who are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; an emergency number (212) 998-2222; emergency call boxes located throughout the main campus, green light buildings staffed 24 hours a day by Public Safety Officers, Safe Havens, and transportation services. To learn more about NYU’s open campus and how to stay safe, please visit their website.

Emergency Contacts

Students and parents are always welcome to call the Tisch Special Programs Office Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST at 212-998-1500, should they have any questions or concerns.  They can also contact the Weinstein Residence Hall staff after working hours.

During on-site orientation, students are given emergency contact phone numbers for their residence hall and residential staff. Students are also made aware of what to do in case of an emergency.

Should there be an emergency involving your child’s immediate physical well-being, you should always call the NYU Office of Public Safety at 212-998-2222, 24 hours a day. The Public Safety Office will then reach out to our on-call staff member who will confirm that your child is well.


Wellness Exchange

The Wellness Exchange is the key to accessing NYU’s extensive health and mental health resources. A central feature common to all these services is a private, 24/7 hotline that puts students in touch with professionals who can help them address day-to-day challenges as well as other health-related concerns including medical issues, academic stress, depression, sexual assault, anxiety, alcohol and other drug dependence, sexually transmitted infections and eating disorders. The Wellness Exchange is also available for students who just need to talk—for whatever reason.  You can access the Wellness Exchange anytime at 212-443-9999 or at Hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00am – 6:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Wellness and Counseling Services at the Student Health Center (212 443-9999) provides counseling and emergency response.  Students can speak with counselors in person (no appointment necessary –  and 24/7 by phone (212) 443-9999 or via email at .  Crisis Response Counselors are available to manage emergencies and oversee students’ care around the clock as well. Walk-in Hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00am- 6:00pm and Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm.

The Student Health Center

The Student Health Center (212-443-1000) offers an array of services directed at student wellness and prevention, including programs dealing with substance abuse, nutrition and eating concerns, and relationship issues. Medical services for urgent care only are available at the Health Center. Please refer to the following links for guidelines and more information about what constitutes as “urgent care” and how to make an appointment:

Urgent Care General Information:

Make an Appointment:

There is a $10 walk-in fee for medical services without an appointment. Students can pay for that fee with cash, check, credit card or campus cash. Medical Service hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00am – 6:00pm; Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm; and Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Pharmacy hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00am – 6:00pm; Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm; and Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Counseling Services at the Student Health Center

Counseling Services (212-998-4780) provides free consultations, short-term psychotherapy, psychiatric services, group therapy, and outreach services.  Though the Counseling Service does not provide long-term psycho-therapeutic or psychiatric services, they can provide referrals and help students utilize a variety of options in the community.


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