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:
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:
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.
Students applying to the Educational Theatre program are required to audition. For information about this requirement, please visit the department's website.
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.
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.
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 and have fulfilled the required coursework.
To be considered for transfer into Stern, you must:
Final transfer credit decisions will be made by Stern Advising once a student has been formally admitted.
Students wishing to transfer into the second/sophomore year should have completed the following courses (at minimum)† at their current institution:
Students wishing to transfer into the third/junior year should have completed the following courses (at minimum)† at their current institution:
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.
Again, internal transfer applicants to the Stern School of Business can review a more detailed list of course equivalencies here.
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:
††Certain business courses will require passing a Stern proficiency exam after admission. View course syllabi for more information.
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 accepts internal and external transfers for Fall and Spring. 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 accepts internal and external Fall transfer only. 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 accepts internal and external Fall transfers only. An artistic review is required for admission. A $50 artistic review fee is required. 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:
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 accepts internal and external Fall transfers only. 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:
For more detailed information about all the components of the portfolio, please visit the Dramatic Writing website.
Film and Television
Film and Television accepts internal and external Fall transfers only. 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:
For more detailed information about all of the components of the portfolio, please visit the Film and Television website.
Game Design accepts internal and external Fall transfers, and Spring internal transfers. 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:
For more detailed information about all of the components of the portfolio, please visit the NYU Game Center website.
Performance Studies accepts internal and external Fall transfers. A two-part creative portfolio is required:
Part I: A 5-10 page double-spaced essay analyzing a performance, artwork, literary text, etc. Note that the essay should not be a review (a description of what was “good” or “bad" about the work), but rather an assessment of what you think is important or interesting about it. What makes it significant?
Part II: A one-page statement that should address the following questions:
Please submit your portfolio (after you submit your Common Application to NYU) to Noel Rodriguez, Jr. in the Tisch School of the Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org using the same deadlines that correspond with the rest of your application. Do not send your portfolio to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Portfolios sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will not be forwarded to the Tisch School of the Arts.
Photography and Imaging
Photography and Imaging accepts internal and external Fall transfers, and Spring internal transfers. 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:
For more detailed information about the portfolio components, please visit the Photography and Imaging website. Late portfolios will not be accepted.
Recorded Music accepts internal and external Fall transfers only. 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:
For more detailed information about all of the components of the portfolio, please visit the Recorded Music website.