Deferral FAQs

Why are applicants deferred?

NYU aims to provide a final decision to students who apply for Early Decision admission, but in some cases, we defer candidates to a later round of admission to determine how such candidates compare in a larger applicant pool. From year to year, depending on the applicant pool, the number of students who will be deferred varies. This year, of the candidates who applied for Early Decision, roughly 10% were deferred to a later round of admission. This means that these students will be considered alongside our applicant pool at large - and not just our Early Decision candidates. We only defer students who are viable candidates for admission.

What can an applicant expect if they opt-in to defer their application?

Deferred applicants who wish to have their application considered along with the remaining first-year applicant pool must opt-in using the Deferral Response Form.  Decisions for Early Decision II are released on February 15th and for Regular Decision are released on April 1. Students must confirm their continued interest by filling out the NYU Deferral Response Form (sent to applicants as a unique link via email) by January 8th if deferred from (originally applied to) Early Decision I or by March 11 if deferred from (originally applied to) Early Decision II.

What can an applicant expect if they choose to withdraw their application?

Students who withdraw their application from the applicant pool will no longer be considered a candidate for admission. Students should withdraw their applications if they are no longer interested in being considered for admission to any of NYU’s schools or programs. Early Decision I applicants who have not filled out the Deferral Response Form by 11:59pm on January 8th will be withdrawn.  Early Decision II applicants who have not filled it out by March 11 will be withdrawn.

What else can students send to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for consideration?

Deferred applicants should submit the Common Application Mid-Year Report and updated testing (if applicable). If you have any new tests that you would like us to review, please make arrangements with your school or testing agency to send these test scores. We will not offer admission to a student unless we have official testing on file. If your results are delayed (because of the testing agency, school closings, or a natural disaster), you can self-report your scores by emailing a screenshot of them to us. 

Does being deferred change an applicant’s eligibility for scholarships or need-based aid?

No. Students who submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the deadlines will be eligible for both need- and merit-based financial aid consideration.

Can a deferred applicant change their campus, school, college or program selection when being considered for Regular Decision?

Students are welcome indicate their interest in additional NYU campuses, schools, colleges, or programs by filling out the Deferral Response Form. If you would like to update your application to change your primary school, college, or program selection you must email the request to admissions.ops@nyu.edu for review.