First-Year Applicants

The Journey Begins

Your Guide to Applying

On this page you’ll find answers to common questions about applying as a first-year student to NYU and step-by-step application instructions.

Am I considered a first-year applicant?

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.

Who should not apply as a first-year student?

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

When should I apply?

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

If you're applying to a program that requires an artistic review, we recommend submitting your Common Application one month earlier to give you time to prepare your portfolio or schedule an audition by the deadline.

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.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Start and Complete the Common Application Online

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 $70.00 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).
  • 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.
  • An audition, portfolio, or other additional requirement that might be necessary for the program you’re applying to.
  • 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.

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 wil only make exceptions for documents in Mandarin Chinese submitted to NYU Shanghai.

You can send documents you don’t submit through the Common Application:

by mail

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

by email

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

Remember To ...

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