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Freshman Applicants

To make sure you’re on the right track as you plan and start your freshman NYU application, review these common questions:

Am I considered a freshman applicant?
If one of the following applies to you, follow the instructions for freshmen:

  • Currently in high school, even if taking college courses.
  • Participating in a dual-enrollment program, even if you’re earning enough credits for an associate’s degree. (Dual-enrollment means that you are in high school and also in a college-level program.)
  • Graduated with a GED or high school diploma equivalency test and don’t have college credits toward a degree.

Who should not apply as a freshman?

If you left high school early and are attending a college or university full-time, apply as a transfer student.

When should I apply?

Follow the key dates and deadlines below. Learn more about early decision lower down the page.

Please note that if you are applying to a program that requires an artistic review (examples include programs in the Tisch School of the Arts or Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development), NYU recommends submitting the Common Application one month earlier. This will give you more time to prepare your portfolio or schedule an audition by the deadline.

 Application DeadlineFinancial Aid DeadlineDecision
Early Decision I November 1 November 15 December 15
Early Decision II January 1 January 15 February 15
Regular Decision January 1 February 15 April 1

Early Decision: What You Need to Know

What is early decision?

Early decision is a way to apply and receive an admissions decision early. If you’re sure that NYU is the school for you, applying via early decision can help shorten the college/university search process and reduce admissions stress.

How does early decision work at NYU?

If you apply for early decision and NYU admits you with a financial aid package that enables you to enroll, you must accept the offer within 25 days.

If accepted, you’ll also need to withdraw applications from other schools, and cannot submit new applications.

It’s important to keep in mind that early decision offers are binding with the exception of cases where your estimated financial need package won't allow you to attend.

Can I apply for regular decision if I don’t get in with early decision?

Unfortunately you cannot.

Do I have to do anything special when I apply?

There’s nothing you need to do differently. The instructions and required materials are the same.

What about financial aid?

Applying for financial aid and the way NYU determines aid are also the same for early decision.

Please keep in mind that you won’t be able to compare financial aid packages from other schools if you apply early decision. Do not feel pressure to apply early decision if finances are a concern.

Is it easier to get in with early decision?

In short: no. The quantifiable criteria NYU uses to evaluate candidates — GPA, test scores, etc. — is the same.

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