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Early Decision

What You Need to Know

If you are certain that NYU is the right school for you, you may want to consider applying through early decision.

How does early decision work at NYU?

If you apply for early decision admission, and are admitted under the early decision notification, you are expected to enroll at NYU. In addition, you are expected to withdraw applications from other schools, and cannot submit new applications.  

There are only two exceptions to the binding early decision agreement:

  1. If you are awarded a financial aid package that does not meet enough of your financial need to allow you to attend. In this case, you may request to be released from the agreement.
  2. If you are admitted to a school, program, or campus of NYU that was not designated as your primary interest on your application, you will be released from the agreement. In this scenario, you will be expected to accept or decline your offer of admission by the deadline for your initial notification plan. Withdrawing from the binding agreement will entail declining your offer of admission for the upcoming academic year.

Can I apply for regular decision if I don’t get in with early decision?

Unfortunately, you cannot.

Do I have to do anything special when I apply?

There’s nothing you need to do differently. The instructions and required materials are the same.

What about financial aid?

Applying for financial aid and the way NYU determines aid are also the same for early decision.

Please keep in mind that you won’t be able to compare financial aid packages from other schools if you apply early decision. Do not feel pressure to apply early decision if finances are a concern.

Is it easier to get in with early decision?

Our admission standards for both early decision and regular decision are the same. The number of applicants and admit rates, however, may differ each year between our different rounds of admission. For the Class of 2021, our overall admit rate was roughly 28% while early decision candidates were admitted at a rate of roughly 38%.

When do I need to apply?

  Application Deadline* Decision
Early Decision I November 1 December 15
Early Decision II January 1 February 15

*The cut-off time for applications is 11:59 p.m EST.