How to Apply

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The Application Process

Whether you’re from Massachusetts, Manchester, or Mumbai, a first-year student or a transfer, there are a few key things you need to do to apply to NYU. But requirements such as standardized testing and English language testing vary for different applicants.

If you're applying to one of the programs listed below, do not complete the Common Application. Visit the links for application instructions:

Things to Know Before Applying

  • The review process. Admissions officers personally review every application. There are no formulas to making admissions decisions; NYU seeks a mix of students who have a variety of interests, talents, and goals. There is also no maximum number of students we can admit.
  • Checking your application status. Within three weeks of the application deadline, NYU will let you know that we have received your application and give you information about how to track your status.
  • Original Documents. Please submit only documents or copies that you can replace because NYU does not return application documents.
  • Missing Materials. NYU offers a (limited) window to submit anything that might be missing from your application.
  • Invited visits to Abu Dhabi and Shanghai campuses. If NYU is strongly considering you for NYU Abu Dhabi and/or NYU Shanghai, we may invite you to meet with students, faculty, and administrators on campus. Please note that you cannot request an invitation to these special visits.
  • Interviews. NYU occasionally invites candidates to interview with us online (not on campus). NYU will contact you if you are invited. Applicants cannot request interviews.
  • Supplementary materials. Please only send supplementary materials (DVDs, pictures, articles, etc.) If you are applying to a program that requires an audition or portfolio (see Step 2 of the application instructions).
  • Application Authenticity. NYU has a strict policy on application authenticity and working with agents or third parties. Review our full policy here.