What is happening with Nexus 2020?
Originally — when Nexus was called The Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action — the conference was held once every three years. Beginning in 2016, it was moved to an annual event. Having tried that model for four years, the ministry is now re-thinking how to best help students learn to seek God wholeheartedly while also encouraging and preparing them to live out their faith in the marketplace. New initiatives are being introduced in 2020 along these lines — but this does not mean Nexus will disappear. It simply means Nexus will not be held in 2020. Decisions about future Nexus Conferences, timing, and frequency are still being considered.
Who is invited to Nexus: The Christian Union Conference on Faith and Action?
(Related: I have a friend from another university that wants to attend. Is he/she welcome?)
All undergraduate students from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, Penn, Brown and Stanford are invited to the conference. Students from universities other than these are allowed, on a limited basis. If the conference sells out, priority will be given to students from the nine universities listed above.
Where will Nexus 2020 be held?
The Nexus conference is being held at the Hyatt New Brunswick hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The address is 2 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901. It is about 30 minutes driving or 1 hour by train from Princeton, 1 hour driving or 1.5 hours by train from Columbia and Yale, 1.5 driving or 2 by train from Penn, 4 hours from Cornell and Brown, 4.5 from Harvard, 5 from Dartmouth, and 30 minutes driving or 1 hour by train from Newark Airport.
What about parking?
Overnight parking is available at the garage in the hotel for a fee.
How many students will stay in a room?
Rooms at the Hyatt New Brunswick will lodge 4 students and contain 2 queen sized beds.
What meals are provided?
A light breakfast is provided on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Snacks are provided on Friday and Saturday nights. Lunches and dinners are on your own. There is an assortment of restaurants near the hotel including Starbucks, Chipotle, Burger King, Subway, Popeyes and more.
I don't have a credit card. Can I register with a check? Cash?
You can register with a debit card or your bank account number, which works like a check. We are not able to accept checks or cash in the mail.
What if I need financial aid?
Financial aid is available. If you need financial assistance to attend the conference, please contact the ministry faculty at your campus.
Can I register on-site on February 21?
Register in advance to guarantee your space. Space is limited and you may be turned away if the conference is full.
I come late/leave early, can I have a reduced rate?
No. The conference fee covers the entire weekend. We are not able to pro-rate for students who do not attend the entire conference.
What time should I arrive?
Check in begins at 4pm on February 21. The first plenary session begins at 8pm sharp. There is a chance to check in after the plenary session, so the very latest you should plan to arrive is 7:59pm.
How do I check in for the Conference?
Check into your hotel room at the front desk. Then check in for Nexus (where you receive your name tag etc.) is in the lobby (follow the signs or ask at the front desk).
Is there Wi-Fi?
Yes. There is free wi-fi in the lobby as well as complimentary high-speed internet in the rooms.
What do I need to bring?
A Bible! An umbrella, just in case. Your homework, if you must. Money for lunch and dinner. Please do not bring alcohol or illegal drugs. The hotel is a smoke-free facility.
What if I have registered but cannot attend?
Please inform us via email immediately so we can free up space for another student.
Full registrations (including lodging) canceled by December 1st will be refunded 100%.
Cancellations by January 20th will be refunded 50%.
Registrations January 21st and later will not be able to be refunded.
What if I still have questions?
Email Events@christianunion.org or call 646-434-0010.