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Transfer Applicants

Before you start your NYU transfer application, review these common questions:

Should I apply as a transfer student?

You should apply as a transfer if you:

  • Are currently or have been enrolled in an associate's degree or bachelor's degree program (part-time or full-time) at a college or university anywhere in the world; or
  • Have been enrolled in a non-degree conservatory or vocational training program.

>> Review step-by-step application instructions

You should not apply as a transfer if you:

When should I apply?

Follow the key dates and deadlines below.

Please keep in mind that if you’re applying to a program that requires an artistic review, consider submitting your Common Application one month earlier. This will give you time to prepare your materials and schedule an audition (if required). Be sure to consult additional program requirements for more information.


Application Deadline

Financial Aid Deadline


Response to NYU

Spring Transfer

November 1

November 15

Mid-November through early January

2 weeks after offer

Summer and Fall External Transfers

April 1

April 1

Early April through May

2 weeks after offer

Summer and Fall Internal Transfers

March 1

April 1

Early April through May

2 weeks after offer

Program-specific dates:

How many credits should I have completed?
Our most competitive applicants have completed at least 32 credits/points of liberal arts coursework by the time they enroll at NYU. This equals approximately one year of full-time study.

What if I’m only in my first semester?
Transfer admission for students currently in their first full-time semester of college is highly competitive. NYU’s evaluation will focus on your high school/secondary school performance. But we’ll also review midterm college/university grades.

Do I need to submit standardized test scores?
If you’ve completed at least one year of full-time college or university studies in liberal arts and science courses, you do not need to submit standardized test results to NYU.

I’m not coming from a bachelor’s program. Will my credits transfer?
Credits/points obtained through a certificate program or a vocational training program will not likely transfer to NYU.

Can I apply more than once in a year?
No. You can apply once per academic year.

Can I start in the spring for all programs?
Not all programs are open for spring transfers. Programs you cannot transfer to in the spring include:

  • All programs in the Stern School of Business
  • Specific programs in the Tisch School of the Arts
  • Specific programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Check your program to make sure you can apply in the spring.

Are there programs that only start in the summer?
New transfers to the film and television program in the Tisch School of the Arts begin their studies in one of the two NYU summer sessions.

What about housing?
Housing for transfer students is limited and not guaranteed. You’ll need to respond to your admissions offer to see if housing will be available for you.

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