COVID-19 Information for Admitted Students
Our lives have been impacted in unprecedented ways across the globe due to COVID-19. As we adjust to the changes around us, the NYU Admissions team is here to guide and support you through this important time in your life as you decide where to attend college. We, like you, don’t stop in the face of challenges and we have created virtual experiences and opportunities to participate in live online events to ensure you hear and see from our community even while it can’t be in-person.
We have also created this FAQ page to help answer some of your pressing questions as a newly admitted student. There may be items not covered here, and there may even be items that we don’t have clear answers to at this time, but we are here to support you, ensure you can make the right choice for your college career, and help you navigate this time as best we can.
We recommend you refer back to this page often as more questions emerge and answers become available, and also recommend you keep an eye on the University’s COVID-19 response page for more information. If you do not find the information you need through these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Office by phone at +1-212-998-4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Examinations and Proof of Graduation
I’m a graduating senior and I’m not sure if I will be able to take my final high school exams because of the disruption to my schooling. What should I do?
We understand that students in their final year may be unable, or underprepared, to take final high school examinations. Please rest assured that we will work with you to find solutions to allow our matriculating students to join us as planned this fall. We continue to assess the situation and think critically about how best to support our students. We will ensure any changes to policy are communicated swiftly and clearly.
I’m a student applying with predicted IB scores and IB exams have been cancelled. What should I do?
Please rest assured that we will accept the final qualifications submitted to us from the IBO as proof of graduation. We will work to allow our matriculating students to join us as planned this fall. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay engaged and work hard to complete your remaining coursework this year.
I’m a student applying with A-levels and they have been cancelled. What should I do?
Please rest assured that we will accept the final qualifications submitted to us from your A-level exam board as proof of graduation. We will work to allow our matriculating students to join us as planned this fall. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay engaged and work hard to complete your remaining coursework this year.
Admitted Student Events
Are NYU events in my city/region still happening?
We have cancelled in person events until further notice. However, please check our admissions events page regularly for updates and for information regarding virtual experiences available online.
Are there any events happening for admitted students?
Yes! Our office has been working hard to create several virtual events to celebrate the Class of 2025. Our virtual admitted student weekend is scheduled for April 10-11. Also, we will have additional events throughout the month of April. You can find a full list of events on our virtual event webpage for admitted students.
Can I still tour campus?
In keeping with New York State’s current guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have suspended all on-campus visits until further notice. While we wait to resume on-campus visits please enjoy our Virtual Campus Experience.
Your Offer of Admission
Will you extend response deadline for first-year students?
Early Decision admits will need to respond by the deadline offered in their decision letter. We will communicate any change in our response deadline should that happen. You can also contact our office with questions at email@example.com, or 212.998.4500.
Will admit packets be sent when the Admissions Office reopens?
Our ability to mail admit packets may be delayed. However, all information in the admit packet is available online and via the admitted student portal, including a printable version of the acceptance letter.
Getting Ready for Fall
Do you expect Covid-19 to have an impact on the start of the Fall 2021 semester, and if so, what contingency plans do you have in place?
Barring something unforeseen, NYU will resume in-person instruction for academic year 2021-22, and will welcome students back on campus. Faculty have been notified to be on campus and to plan for in-person classes this coming fall, as have administrators. We are also planning for the resumption of in-person instruction at NYU’s global sites; however, of course, this will be dependent upon health and travel conditions, as well as the ability to obtain student visas.
How will newly admitted first-years starting at sites with the exception of New York City be impacted?
We anticipate that students will be able to begin their fall semester studies on time and at the campus to which they have been admitted. Of course, the safety of our students is of utmost priority and, should the need arise, we are prepared to make the necessary adjustments to ensure that the Class of 2025 can begin earning their degrees this fall, and that no student will be disadvantaged because they are starting outside of New York City.
What if I was admitted to a first-year away site as a Liberal Studies student and cannot study there?
We anticipate that students will be able to begin their fall semester studies on time and at the campus to which they have been admitted. However, if an LS FYA student is not able to study away due to travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19, NYU will assign their fall semester to begin either in New York or Washington DC instead. Students wanting to switch their site for any reason other than travel restrictions should go through the standard site waitlist process.
Will I be eligible to receive credit for scores achieved on exams that were cancelled or adjusted for 2020, including AP, IB and A-levels?
We will be granting credit as normal for AP, IB, & A-Level exams taken in spring 2021.
Where can I find more information on housing?
Students are welcome to contact housing at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call at (212)998-4600 if they have any questions when they are ready to apply for housing. You can also visit their website for more information.
Will I still be able to participate in activities outside of class?
NYU still encourages students to participate in activities that will enrich their academic experience. Not all activities are in-person at this time, but there are plenty of opportunities to participate virtually.
What are some safety precautions being taken in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Over the past year, NYU has demonstrated a unique ability to keep our community safe and positivity rates low while maintaining the continuity of the education experience for our students. In accordance with CDC guidelines, the University has developed a multilayered health and safety plan to keep our community safe while maintaining the continuity of the academic experience for our students. For more detailed information and updates, visit our COVID-19 website.
Will vaccinations be required for students?
Barring any medical or religious exemptions, vaccinations will be required for all NYU students who plan to return to campus in New York City and other U.S. sites for the fall semester.