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Additional Program Requirements

The most competitive applicants to the College of Arts and Science are those who have already completed a minimum of one full-time semester of college/university coursework at another accredited institution by the time they submit an application. Students, however, who are currently engaged in their first full-time semester of college/university work are welcome to apply. Since we will not have college/university grades to evaluate, mid-term grades will be expected and our evaluation will focus heavily on high/secondary school performance.

Transfer admission is competitive. Our admit rate fluctuates between 10% and 30% depending on space availability each semester. Our most competitive applicants have taken liberal arts and science/math courses at their current institution and have earned A and B grades. There is no minimum or cut-off GPA required for admission. Applicants who recently graduated from high school are most competitive if they earned an A to A- (90-95) average in high school liberal arts courses: English, math, science, history and foreign language. Please also note:

  • All transfer applicants must declare a major and will not be considered for admission as “undecided” candidates.
  • We are unable to consider transfer applicants for our Dual Degree Program in Engineering (offered between the College of Arts and Science and the Polytechnic School of Engineering), or for the Dual BA/DDS dental program (offered with NYU's College of Dentistry).
  • Applicants may apply for our International Relations major but should know that admission to NYU does not guarantee admission to the department. Students must apply separately to this program once they have arrived at NYU. If not offered admission to the International Relations program, entering transfer students will be able to declare another major within the College of Arts and Science upon arrival.
  • Some programs will require that admitted students re-take courses taken at a student's previous college/university upon arrival at NYU. This ensures that students have thoroughly mastered material of foundational and prerequisite courses as they are taught at NYU.
  • Our major in Economics, offered through the Department of Economics, requires a minimum of 5 semesters to complete. As a result, students entering NYU with junior standing will not likely be able to complete their degree requirements in 4 years.
  • Students should not assume that all previous applicable coursework or pre-requisites will count towards their major at NYU. When a student is required to re-take a course at NYU, credit towards the major and BA/BS degree will only be given for the re-taken course. NYU does not count credits for a similar course twice.

Applicants seeking a second bachelor's degree in nursing should not use the Common Application and should instead follow the instructions given here.

Transfer applicants to the College of Nursing who are seeking their first bachelor's degree should follow the standard instructions outlined here.

  • Your specific interest in an individualized program should be addressed in the Writing Supplement to the Common Application.
  • Artistic portfolio submissions will not be reviewed. If you plan to include creative or performing arts courses in your academic concentration, please indicate your depth of involvement in these areas in the Activity section of the Common Application. If you wish to further expand on how your particular artistic interest relates to your intended program of study at Gallatin, please elaborate under the Additional Information section (within the Writing section) of the Common Application.
  • We believe that 64 credits in residence at Gallatin (taken over the course of two years and under the guidance and mentoring of a Gallatin adviser), is the minimum amount of course work and time required for students to develop a proper concentration and establish an individualized program of study. Therefore, transfer students to the Gallatin School will be eligible to transfer a maximum of 64 credits upon their matriculation at Gallatin. Ultimately, 128 credits are needed to graduate from NYU. Ideally, transfer students will enter Gallatin in their sophomore year but no later than the beginning of their junior year. Only very rarely will freshmen be permitted to transfer in the middle of their freshman year.
  • No more than 31 credits in business courses can count towards the Gallatin B.A. degree. This includes courses in NYU's Stern School of Business, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and those transferred from other colleges and universities.
  • For a complete list of degree requirements, please visit the Gallatin website.

NYU offers both a Bachelor of Arts degree program in Global Liberal Studies (GLS) and a two-year Liberal Studies Core Program (which is only open to freshmen). Current NYU students and external transfer applicants from outside the University are welcome to apply for our unique, interdisciplinary program in GLS, featuring small classes, independent research, a senior thesis, immersive experiential learning abroad, and significant student-faculty contact. Applicants should be aware of the following:

  • Given the structured nature of the GLS curriculum and the featured junior year abroad, competitive applicants must be able to demonstrate suitable preparation for the junior year at one of NYU’s global centers, as well as appropriate progress toward additional degree requirements in the lab sciences and math.
  • Competitive applications will include the following credentials:
    1. Strong language skills in one of the following languages: French, German, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese;
    2. Expressed interest in the liberal arts with foundational coursework in the following fields of study: History, Philosophy, Politics, Art History, Religion, Rhetoric, Comparative Literature, Anthropology or English; and
    3. Demonstrated experience in writing and research through prior coursework
  • Most competitive applicants will have completed a minimum of one-semester to one-year of college level coursework.
  • Those submitting their application into the sophomore year should expect to spend a minimum of one year prior to entry before the Junior Year abroad.
  • While the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will make every effort to count completed coursework toward elective credits, transfer students should expect to spend a minimum of 3 years at NYU to complete the GLS degree in its entirety, regardless of when they transfer to NYU.

At this time, the Core Program does not consider either internal or external transfer applicants. Any students interested in the program would need to apply as incoming freshmen.

The most competitive applicants to the Polytechnic School of Engineering are those who have already completed a minimum of one full-time semester of college/university coursework at another accredited institution when they apply for admission. Students who are currently engaged in their first full-time semester of college/university work are welcome to apply, but admission may be more competitive since we will not have college/university grades to evaluate. Instead, mid-term grades will be expected and our evaluation will focus heavily on high/secondary school performance.

Please note that if you have not already completed one full year of full-time college or university enrollment in liberal arts and science courses by the time you submit your application, you must meet the same standardized testing requirements that are outlined on our Standardized Tests page for Freshman Applicants.

The most competitive applicants have taken liberal arts and science/engineering courses at their current institution and have demonstrated strengths in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and higher level mathematics.

Some programs within the Polytechnic School of Engineering will require that admitted students re-take courses taken at a student's previous college/university upon arrival at NYU. This requirement ensures that students have thoroughly mastered material of foundational and prerequisite courses as they are taught at New York University. Students should not assume that all previous applicable coursework or pre-requisites will count towards their major at NYU. Note that when a student is required to re-take a course at NYU, credit towards the major degree will only be given for the re-taken course. NYU does not count credits for a similar course twice.

Applicants should note that the Polytechnic School of Engineering does not offer summer transfer admission.

Second Bachelor’s in Engineering

Applicants seeking a second bachelor’s in engineering should not use the Common Application and should instead follow the instructions given here.

An interview with a faculty member is usually required for transfer students with more than 48 credits.

Applicants should note the program requirements below and understand that our Music Composition does not offer spring transfer admission to external candidates. In addition, neither our Music Business program or our Media, Culture and Communication program offer spring transfer admission to either internal or external transfer candidates.

Educational Theatre

Students applying to the Educational Theatre program are required to audition. For information about this requirement, please visit the department's website.

Music

Auditions are required for all music programs. Audition procedures and requirements are available here. To expedite the scheduling of your audition, we recommend that transfer music applicants apply by March 15.

Studio Art

A portfolio with artist statement is required for all applicants to the Studio Art Program. Detailed portfolio submission requirements are available at the department's website.

Portfolios should be submitted directly to the department, not to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Note also that portfolios will not be reviewed until you have submitted all of the necessary credentials and your application for admission is complete.

Stern considers transfer students for the fall semester only. As a result, our transfer admission process is highly selective. For the Fall 2014 term, we were able to admit fewer than 25 applicants of the more than 1,000 students who applied from outside the University. The most competitive students typically present extraordinary records of achievement on both the undergraduate and secondary school levels.

To be considered for transfer admission to Stern, you must have completed (or be in the process of completing) one year or 30–32 semester hours/credits/points at your current college or university. This does not include credit awarded by examination (e.g., AP or IB) or college course credit earned while in secondary/high school. Please note that all Stern degree candidates must complete at least 64 consecutive points of course work in residence at Stern immediately preceding the date of graduation. Students are only eligible for transfer admission to Stern for their sophomore or junior year. Stern will not consider transfer applications from current juniors or seniors.

 

Required Course Work

 

Students wishing to transfer into the second/sophomore year should have completed the following courses (at minimum)† at their current institution:

  • 1 semester of Calculus I or higher*
  • 1 semester of Writing/Composition (2 semesters preferred)

Students wishing to transfer into the third/junior year should have completed the following courses (at minimum)† at their current institution:

  • 1 semester of Calculus I or higher*
  • 1 semester of Writing/Composition (2 semesters preferred)
  • 1 semester of introductory-level Microeconomics**
  • 1 semester of Statistics and regression***
  • 1 semester of Financial Accounting

Notes on required course work:

Completing the above prerequisites at your current institution does not guarantee transfer of credit. Official approval of transfer credit takes place after your admission and after Stern evaluates your previous course work. Stern will not transfer any AP credit your current school may have awarded you in AB Calculus, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics, or English Language.

Admitted students should not plan on taking additional course work the summer before they enter Stern.

†We understand that some students may not be able to complete all required courses by the time they apply. In this case, please provide an explanation in the “additional information” section of your application for the admissions committee to review.

*The calculus course must be the equivalent of Calculus I or higher as offered by your school’s mathematics department for math majors (compare to NYU’s MATH-UA 121 course); Calculus courses “targeted” to non-math majors (e.g., business calculus, elementary calculus, or calculus for social sciences) typically do not satisfy the calculus requirement for transfers. You may also use a score of 4 or 5 on AP BC Calculus, a 6 or 7 on a higher-level IB Math, or an A or B in GCE A-level Math to satisfy the math requirement.

**Students transferring into the junior year should have completed at least an introductory Microeconomics course (blended, one-semester Microeconomics-Macroeconomics courses are not sufficient). If you take an introductory Microeconomics course but are unable to take/complete an intermediate-level Microeconomics course at your current institution, you would be required to take a Stern-specified upper-level Economics course at NYU after you transfer.

***Acceptance of your Statistics credit depends on passing a Stern proficiency exam after admission. (View course syllabi for more information.) Students who receive a 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics exam have satisfied the recommended requirements and are eligible to sit for the Statistics proficiency exam. 

Internal transfer applicants to the Stern School of Business can review a more detailed list of course equivalencies here.

Suggested Course Work

In addition to the required coursework above, sophomore- and junior-year transfer students at Stern will have greater flexibility with course selection after admission if they have taken the courses below:

Rising Sophomores

  • 1 intermediate-level Microeconomics course
  • 1 natural science course (or an AP score of 4 or 5 in a biological, chemical, or physical science)
  • 1 additional semester of Writing/Composition
  • 1 Statistics course (STAT-UB 3 or a multiple regression course highly recommended) 
  • 1 Financial Accounting course

Rising Juniors

  • 1 intermediate-level Microeconomics course 
  • 1 Natural Science course (or an AP score of 4 or 5 in a science)
  • 1 additional Writing/Composition course, or an Introductory Philosophy or "great books" course
  • 1 History/Arts course focusing on a specific culture or region
  • Introductory Business courses (e.g., Management, Operations, Marketing)††

 

††Certain business courses will require passing a Stern proficiency exam after admission. View course syllabi for more information.

 

Transfer Applicants to Stern’s BS-MS in Accounting Program

After admission, there is a separate application required for official admission to the BS-MS program.

Students interested in the BS-MS program (especially if they are applying as a rising junior) must have completed Financial Accounting before they transfer.

To complete the BS-MS program requirements, students must take a sufficient amount of coursework to obtain an undergraduate degree, followed by a summer intensive to obtain an MS in Accounting. Students transferring as rising sophomores should expect to complete 3 years of coursework followed by an intensive summer, while students transferring as rising juniors should expect to complete 2 years of coursework followed by an intensive summer.

Cinema Studies

A two-part creative portfolio is required. Part one is a five to ten page essay on a film, director, or any film-related topic. Part two is a one-page statement addressing three short answer questions. All portfolios must be submitted by the application deadline date.

Please send your portfolio materials directly to the department at:

Tisch School of the Arts
Attention: Cinema Studies Portfolio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003-6807

Portfolios sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will not be forwarded to Tisch. For more information visit the Tisch Cinema Studies Department website or call (212) 998-1600.


Dance

An audition is required for all applicants. Within 7 days of submitting your Common Application and Writing Supplement, you will receive a confirmation email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions that will include your University ID and Net ID, as well as instructions to activate and access your NYU Albert Account. Within your NYU Albert Account, click on "Application Status." Here, your will see a link for the "Artistic Review Requirement," which will direct you to the Tisch Dance audition scheduler. Use the scheduler to select a date and time for your audition.

Auditions will be held in New York City in December and February, as well as in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami in January. Transfer applicants are encouraged to apply by February 15.

The audition consists of a 90-minute technique class (a combination of ballet and modern dance). Those who pass this will then be asked to perform a short (two- to three-minute) solo dance in any style. A personal interview will follow.

For more information visit the Tisch Dance Department Website or call (212) 998-1980.


Drama

An artistic review is required for admission. A $50 artistic review fee is required. Tisch only accepts Fall Transfers. You may book your audition as early as October 15. Artistic review dates and locations can be found here.

To schedule your artistic review, please follow these steps:

  1. Submit your NYU Common Application, which includes a Writing Supplement
  2. Within 7 days, you will receive an application acknowledgment email from NYU. This will include your University ID, Net ID, and access to your NYU Albert Account. Follow the steps to open your NYU Albert Account.
  3. Within NYU Albert, open your application checklist. Click on the artistic review requirement in the checklist. The link will direct you to the Tisch Drama audition scheduler. Note: Please wait 24-48 hours after receiving your acknowledgement email to ensure our system recognizes your University ID.
  4. Click the Get Started link and enter your information. Your last name and university ID must match what was entered on your application exactly in order to gain access.
  5. Schedule your audition date.

The artistic review consists of an audition or portfolio review and an interview depending on your departmental track of choice. Students may only audition for one track. Tracks include Acting, Musical Theater, Directing or Production and Design. Please visit the Drama website to view the requirements for each track.

NYU Internal Transfer applicants should contact the Drama department directly to schedule their audition.

For more information, visit the Tisch Drama Department website or call (212) 998-1850.


Dramatic Writing

A three-part creative portfolio is required. All portfolios must be submitted digitally via tischddw.slideroom.com. There is a $10 submission fee through slideroom. Late portfolios will not be accepted.

The portfolio must include these clearly-labeled components:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Portfolio

For more detailed information about all the components of the portfolio, please visit the Dramatic Writing website.


Film and Television

A four-part creative portfolio is required. All portfolios are submitted digitally via tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com. There is a $10 submission fee through Slideroom. Please view the Tisch website for information on how to submit portfolios. Late portfolios will not be accepted.

Your portfolio must include these four clearly labeled components:

  • A one-page resume
  • Collaboration Statement
  • Dramatic Story
  • Creative Submission

For more detailed information about all of the components of the portfolio, please visit the Film and Television website.

Game Design
The NYU Game Center is currently open to internal transfer and freshman applicants. We are not yet considering applications from external transfer students outside of NYU. A creative portfolio is required. All portfolios are submitted digitally via nyugamecenter.slideroom.com. There is a $10 submission fee through Slideroom. Please view the NYU Game Center website for information on how to submit portfolios. Late portfolios will not be accepted.

Your portfolio must include two components:

  • a 1-2 page personal statement. Please tell us why you want to major in Game Design at NYU.
  • 1 creative project OR 1 critical analysis essay. The creative project can be a game you've made, examples of your visual art or design, a computer program you've written, or another creative work. If you are submitting samples of art, design or photography, etc. please limit your submission to 3 examples. OR you may submit a 1-page critical analysis of a game you know deeply. This should be a thoughtful and insightful analysis of one or more aspects of the game.

For more detailed information about all of the components of the portfolio, please visit the NYU Game Center website.

Photography and Imaging

A three-part creative portfolio is required. All components of your portfolio must be submitted through tischphoto.slideroom.com. There is a $10 submission fee through Slideroom. All creative portfolios must be submitted by the application deadline.

The creative portfolio must include these clearly-labeled components:

  • A creative submission of 15-20 images, five to seven of these are based on a theme assigned by the department
  • Four short essay questions
  • Questionnaire

For more detailed information about the portfolio components, please visit the Photography and Imaging website. Late portfolios will not be accepted.


Recorded Music

A 6-part creative portfolio is required. All portfolios are submitted digitally via clivedavisinst.slideroom.com. There is a $10 submission fee through Slideroom. Please view the Recorded Music website for information on portfolio submission. Late portfolios will not be accepted.

Your creative portfolio must include these clearly-labeled components:

  • Statement of Intent
  • Creative Sample
  • Detailed statement about your creative sample
  • Artistic Resume
  • Current Professional Photograph
  • Critical Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation (to be uploaded by your
    recommender)

For more detailed information about all of the components of the portfolio, please visit the Recorded Music website.

Recorded Music
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