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How to Apply


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. Additionally, NYU uses a need-blind review process for most applicants.
  • International students seeking financial aid/support. International students applying primarily to New York and seeking financial aid should be aware that your indicated financial need will be factored into an admissions decision. 
  • 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.

Students Affected by Natural Disasters

We recognize that there may be physical, emotional, and/or financial hardships that can be brought upon by natural disasters. For students and families affected by a natural disaster, we want to be as accommodating as possible to avoid additional stress. Depending on your situation you may follow these recommendations if you intend on applying to NYU.

Delayed Exam Results

If your standardized testing results will be delayed because of a natural disaster you can self-report your scores by emailing a screenshot of them to us at This will enable us to expedite our review of your application but you must send official test scores before an offer of admission can be extended.

Supporting Materials

We will be as flexible as possible when waiting for supporting application materials such as transcripts or teacher evaluations. Certain materials are required to enroll at NYU so please be in contact with our office should you expect any materials to be delayed.

Early Decision I

If you wanted to apply Early Decision I but need additional time, we encourage you to consider Early Decision II instead. There is no difference between Early Decision I and Early Decision II aside from the deadline and the date of your notification. You will still be able to indicate NYU as your top choice and be given full consideration for any campuses, schools, and/or programs of interest. Learn more about Early Decision at NYU.

Submitting Your Application

On a case-by-case basis, we will consider application extensions for any student impacted by a natural disaster. Please contact your regional admissions officer, if you are able to, with a request for an extension before our application deadline.

If you have additional questions about NYU’s support for applicants affected by a natural disaster please contact us at or +1-212-998-4500.

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