Jonathan Williams

Jonathan B. Williams, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions

Now more than ever it's important to be in regular communication with our community. In an effort to keep you all better informed we will be publishing occasional updates that may impact students as they move through the admissions process. 

COVID-19 and NYU’s Approach to Testing for Applicants During 2020-2021

June 18, 2020

NYU recognizes that the continued struggle with the Covid-19 health crisis has made it more difficult for applicants to take many kinds of standardized tests. Even though NYU has a flexible testing policy that allows students to submit alternatives to traditional submissions like SAT and ACT, in this year the flexibility of our testing policy may be insufficient to overcome impediments to testing caused by the coronavirus.

Accordingly, while the University still welcomes those applying to be members of the Class of 2025 to submit test scores in line with our policy, we will not require it. If you do not submit test scores, you will not be disadvantaged during the application review process this year. We will equally consider students who submit standardized testing, those who are unable to sit for standardized testing this year, and those who submit their scores past our normal deadlines.

Our holistic review process - meaning that each candidate is evaluated on multiple factors beyond simply grades, test scores, and other quantifiable metrics - is made for this very type of situation, and is dedicated to ensuring that students who are unable to take traditional standardized tests are not disadvantaged, compared to students who submit scores.

NYU is committed to bringing together diverse students whose educational and personal development align with the mission of our university. To that end, NYU has one of the most flexible testing policies of any college or university, accepting dozens of examinations and qualifications from around the world.

If you are in a non-U.S. curriculum that culminates in a final school leaving or university entrance examination, you will still be expected to provide predicted and/or final results from that examination.

A Message to Students Participating in Peaceful Protests

June 16, 2020

Black Lives Matter. We believe that confronting and dismantling structural racism requires understanding, dialogue, and action. NYU stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, students, and communities of color during this collective awakening to systemic oppression. We support all prospective and current students, our staff, and our University community who exercise their right to protest peacefully and those who are behind the scenes fighting racial injustice.

NYU was founded to promote social mobility and to provide access to education for all. We embrace a world where equity is paramount and there are no artificial walls built by prejudice or discriminatory barriers to success. It is essential that we actively seek ways to recommit to our founding mission and uphold an anti-racist institution. Our diversity, freedom of thought, differing perspectives, and global community not only comprise core values of the University but lead to the creation of a more just society. We pledge to do our own internal work—individually and as a team—to be bold and hold ourselves accountable to live up to these values.