Transfer Applicants

Your Guide to Applying

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

Am I considered a transfer applicant?

If one of the following applies to you, follow the instructions below to apply as a transfer student:

  • 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.

Who should not apply as a transfer student?

When should I apply?

Follow the key dates and deadlines below.

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 and or an audition by the deadline.


Application Deadline*


Spring Transfer

November 1

November - January

Summer/Fall External Transfers

April 1

April - May

Summer/Fall Internal Transfers

March 1

April - May

*Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Note: Visit the Second Bachelor's Degree in Nursing program website for its application deadlines.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Start and Complete the Common Application Online

You’ll need:

  • Contact information for a professor or instructor who taught you at the college/university level and will complete your Instructor Evaluation.
  • Contact information for your adviser or a school official who will submit The College Report. This report verifies your previous or current enrollment at a college or university.
  • Contact information for a counselor or school official at the secondary/high school you attended who will submit your Final Report.
  • Nonrefundable $70.00 application fee.

Are you ready? Start the application now.

Step 2: Gather and Submit Necessary Documents

You’ll need:

  • Official score reports that meet 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 secondary/high school transcript with graduation date. Please note that your transcript (or General Education Diploma) is required regardless of when you graduated.
  • Official college/university transcripts from all institutions you have attended. Have the registrar send them to NYU.
  • A letter of recommendation from your previous guidance counselor if you have been enrolled in a college or university for less than one year. This is preferred, but not required.
  • An audition, portfolio, or other additional requirement that might be necessary for the program you’re applying to. Please note that if you need to submit an artistic review, it’s a good idea to complete your Common Application a month early.

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.

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.

How does NYU evaluate transfer applicants?

Admission for such students is highly competitive. NYU’s evaluation will focus on your high school/secondary school performance and your midterm college/university grades. Read more about what accepted NYU students typically take in high school/secondary school.

Our most competitive applicants have completed at least 32 credits/points of coursework by the time they enroll at NYU.

Is housing available?

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.