Due to the University's ongoing effort to combat COVID-19 spread, the Office of the Registrar is working remotely (effective Friday, March 13th, 2020) until further notice. Although day-to-day operations on behalf of students will continue, in-person pick-up of diplomas is temporarily unavailable.
By default, your "primary" name (as it is entered in Albert and as it appears on your NYU transcript) is printed on your diploma. You can elect to have your "preferred" (or chosen) name (as it is entered in Albert) printed on your diploma by updating the Diploma Options page in your Student Center before your conferral date.
- Important Note: Although NYU considers the diploma to be a ceremonial document, some countries may require your diploma (in conjunction with your official transcript) for various legal, immigration, and employment purposes. Choosing to print your "preferred" name on your diploma may result in unforeseen complications due to the discrepancy between your diploma and other documents (e.g. transcript, passport, birth certificate, etc.) that contain your "primary" (i.e. legal) name. To avoid such complications, we recommend printing your "primary" name on your diploma if you plan to live, study, or work outside of the United States.
- Important Note for Students of Professional Schools (e.g. Law, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry): Before opting to print your "preferred" name on your NYU diploma, please take into consideration that professional licensing requirements often require you to use your legal name. For example, State Bar application and licensure and federal employment/guidelines require the use of the legal name. Therefore, not using your "primary" legal name on a diploma may result in the rejection, delay, scrutiny, and/or requirements for additional proof of identification associated with any applications for employment, licensure, credentialing, visa applications, and/or other processes that require verification of your education records.
By default, your diploma will be mailed to your "permanent" address in Albert. You can elect to have your diploma mailed to a different address or indicate you will pick it up in person at StudentLink in Manhattan by updating the Diploma Options page in your Student Center before your conferral date.
- Diplomas are mailed to your delivery address via USPS mail about eight weeks after your degree has been awarded. Degrees are awarded after academic requirements have been met, including the posting of all grades and transfer credits.
- The fastest, most reliable way to receive your diploma is to provide a mailing address within the United States.
Note: Diplomas of students in financial arrears will be held until their financial obligations to the University are fulfilled and they have been cleared by the Bursar. You may contact the Office of the Bursar to discuss your financial status at the University.
Important Note: Due to the University's ongoing effort to combat COVID-19 spread, the Office of the Registrar is working remotely until further notice. Therefore, we are not fulfilling requests for replacement diplomas until in-office operations resume. For proof of degree completion:
- Students for whom a diploma was already ordered and printed, may also request a Certified Electronic (CE) Diploma (via the link below).
- You may submit a request for a transcript or degree verification letter, which NYU will send by mail or email.
- Third parties can contact the National Student Clearinghouse to verify degree completion.
- If you cannot access Albert, you can email a degree verification request form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the solutions above do not meet an urgent or time-sensitive need please email email@example.com with a detailed explanation of your circumstances. We will do what we can to assist.
- Diplomas are issued only once, subject to the exceptions noted below. In order to assure the absolute integrity of the document, the University will under no circumstances issue a duplicate of an outstanding original.
- In the event your diploma is lost or damaged, the University will supply, upon proper deposition and the payment of a fee to cover the cost, a replacement diploma. Before issuing the replacement we require the return of the damaged diploma, or such portions of it as are available; or, in the case of loss or complete destruction, the submission of a notarized affidavit.
- Please note: Replacement diplomas for the School of Engineering are only issued with the institution name as it appeared on the original diploma at the time of conferral.
Change of Name After Graduation
- Requests from NYU graduates for a change of name after graduation are evaluated on an individual basis. Requests for a change of name due to marriage, divorce, naturalization or a court-ordered change of name will be considered.
- Fill out the Change of Student Information form and provide one of the following documents indicating the legal change and your new name:
- court order
- marriage license
- divorce decree
- birth certificate
- Submit the completed form and supporting documentation: