First-Year Applicants

Your Guide to Applying

On this page you’ll find step-by-step application instructions on applying to all three of NYU's degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. If one of the following applies to you, follow the instructions below to apply as a first-year student:

  • 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 have not enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
If you left high school early and are attending a college or university, apply as a transfer student.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Start and Complete the Common Application Online

The Common Application is required for students applying to any or all of NYU's three degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai. You'll be able to choose your campus(es) and program(s) of interest on the NYU-specific page of the Common Application.

You’ll need:

  • Contact information for the counselor or other school representative who will complete your Common Application School Report and submit your official high school transcript.
  • Contact information for one teacher (or two, maximum) who will complete the Teacher Evaluation form.
  • Nonrefundable $80.00 application fee. Students who are unable to pay the application fee can request a fee waiver.

Are you ready? Start the application now.

Step 2: Gather and Submit Necessary Documents

Depending on your educational background and the program you are applying to, you will need to provide the following:

  • Official score reports (see NYU’s standardized testing requirements).
  • An audition or portfolio for specific artistic program applicants to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Tisch School of the Arts. For applicants to these programs, testing is optional and a required audition or portfolio can be submitted in place of standardized testing: 
    • Steinhardt requires an audition or portfolio for all applicants to the Music Department with the exception of Educational Theatre, and a portfolio for those applying to Studio Art.
    • Tisch requires an audition or portfolio for applicants to all programs with the exception of Interactive Media Arts. 
  • English language testing if you have not completed at least 3 years of study where English is the sole language of instruction and English is not your native language.
  • Official transcripts of all college work that you have received academic credit for.
  • The Common Application Mid Year Report with updated transcript. This should show your first semester senior year grades. Have your counselor submit the report by March 1 through the Common Application.

When should I apply?

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

If you're applying to an artistic program requiring an audition or creative portfolio, your Common Application should be submitted one month earlier than the deadline. 

  Application
Deadline*
Decision
Early Decision I November 1 December 15
Early Decision II January 1 February 15
Regular Decision January 1 April 1

*The cut-off time for applications is 11:59 p.m EST.

Sending Documents

Submit original or certified copies only. A certified copy has an original signature of the registrar or other designated school official, or the institution's seal. Include an official English translation if the document isn't in English. A school official or a translation agency accredited in the country of the educational institution can issue the translation. NYU will only make exceptions for documents in Mandarin Chinese submitted to NYU Shanghai.

Transcripts and test scores must come from an official source to be processed. 

Documents not submitted through the Common Application can be mailed to:

New York University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
383 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
USA

Or sent via email to:
admissions.docs@nyu.edu

Remember To ...

Use your name exactly as it appears on your passport or birth certificate on your application and supporting documents.