In recognition of continued challenges applicants have with standardized testing during COVID-19, NYU is extending its test-optional policy to students applying for first-year or transfer admission during the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Read the full statement from the Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions
Your Guide to Applying
On this page you’ll find step-by-step application instructions on applying to all three of NYU's degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. If one of the following applies to you, follow the instructions below to apply as a first-year student:
- Currently in high school, even if taking college courses.
- Participating in a dual-enrollment program, even if you’re earning enough credits for an associate’s degree. (Dual-enrollment means that you are in high school and also in a college-level program.)
- Graduated with a GED or high school diploma equivalency test and have not enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
How do I apply?
Step 1: Start and Complete the Common Application Online
The Common Application is required for students applying to any or all of NYU's three degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai. You'll be able to choose your campus(es) and program(s) of interest on the NYU-specific page of the Common Application.
- Contact information for the counselor or other school representative who will complete your Common Application School Report and submit your official high school transcript.
- Contact information for one teacher (or two, maximum) who will complete the Teacher Evaluation form.
- Nonrefundable $80.00 application fee. Students who are unable to pay the application fee can request a fee waiver.
Are you ready? Start the application now.
Step 2: Gather and Submit Necessary Documents
Depending on your educational background and the program you are applying to, you will need to provide the following:
- Official score reports (see NYU’s standardized testing requirements).
- An audition or portfolio for specific artistic program applicants to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Tisch School of the Arts. For applicants to these programs, testing is optional and a required audition or portfolio can be submitted in place of standardized testing:
- Steinhardt requires an audition or portfolio for all applicants to the Music Department with the exception of Educational Theatre, and a portfolio for those applying to Studio Art.
- Tisch requires an audition or portfolio for applicants to all programs.
- For programs that require an audition or portfolio we strongly recommend you submit your application one month in advance to ensure ample time to prepare your audition or portfolio.
- English language testing if you have not completed at least 3 years of study where English is the sole language of instruction at the time of application submission and English is not your native language.
- Official records of all college work that you have received academic credit for. In some cases, you may be invited to complete a Self Reported Academic Record (SRAR) to fulfill this requirement.
- The Common Application Mid Year Report with updated academic record if mid-year grades are available. This should show your first semester senior year grades.
When should I apply?
Follow the key dates and deadlines below. Learn more about early decision.
For programs that require an audition or portfolio we strongly recommend you submit your Common Application one month in advance to ensure ample time to prepare your audition or portfolio.
|Early Decision I||November 1||December 15|
|Early Decision II||January 1||February 16|
|Regular Decision||January 5||April 1|
*The cut-off time for applications is 11:59 p.m EST.
Submit original or certified copies only. A certified copy has an original signature of the registrar or other designated school official, or the institution's seal. Include an official English translation if the document isn't in English. A school official or a translation agency accredited in the country of the educational institution can issue the translation. NYU will only make exceptions for documents in Mandarin Chinese submitted to NYU Shanghai.
Documents not submitted through the Common Application can be mailed to:
New York University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
383 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
Or sent via email to:
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Use your name exactly as it appears on your passport or birth certificate on your application and supporting documents.