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Admissions through the Opportunity Programs

Students must meet all of the following requirements to be considered for freshman admission to New York University through the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) or the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP):

  • Be a current U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be a New York State resident
  • Awarded a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) before matriculation to NYU
  • Meet New York State Education Department (NYSED) eligibility requirements for the HEOP or CSTEP program at the time of their admission application to New York University

HEOP Admissions Requirements

1. Students being considered for HEOP must be invited and attend an OP Eligibility Information Session, which includes a group interview, before their application will be considered for admission.

2. After students have attended an OP Eligibility Information Session and have been interviewed, admission recommendations are forwarded to the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions, who will notify students of the University’s final decision

Applicants for HEOP may apply to any of the following ten undergraduate colleges and schools at NYU:

College of Arts and Science

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Liberal Studies (Core Program or Global Liberal Studies)

Rory Meyers College of Nursing

School of Professional Studies
- Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media and Business
- Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality & Tourism
- Schack Institute of Real Estate

Silver School of Social Work

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Tandon School of Engineering

Tisch School of the Arts

CSTEP Admissions Requirements

First-time (freshman) college applicants must meet the following requirements.
1. Students being considered for CSTEP must meet requirements set by the New York State Education Department

2. Students must indicate a serious interest in majoring in a CSTEP area, health professions, or a career leading to professional licensure 

How to Apply

How to Apply

There is not a separate admission application for HEOP or CSTEP. Students should follow the steps listed for all NYU Applicants.

It is important that the application, all supporting materials including artistic portfolio (if applicable) are received by the NYU deadline. Students can apply for:

  • Regular Decision – deadline January 5th

Required Information Session and Interview

After the common application has been received, the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions will initially determine if students are admissible through general admission. Students not admissible through general admission may be reviewed for admission to NYU through the Opportunity Programs. The prospect of attending NYU through HEOP or CSTEP is available only to students selected by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the freshman pool of applicants.

If you are selected by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, you will receive an email inviting you to attend an OP Eligibility Information Session. Attending the information session is required and includes a group interview with one of our staff so that we can learn more about you and your academic interests.  

Financial Aid/Scholarships

We understand that the cost of attending college can be daunting. All students must complete each of these financial aid applications by their deadlines to be considered for any financial aid award including scholarships and grants:

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Regular Decision - February 15
  2. College Board CSS Profile*
    • Regular Decision -  February 20

*Students in need of fee waivers can apply directly through the College Board's website.

Depending on your family circumstances, there are additional forms that you must complete and submit by their deadlines:

  1. CSS Profile (Completed by the noncustodial parent)
    (If your parents are divorced, separated or unmarried)


  2. CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent

(This form is required if information from the noncustodial parent cannot be reasonably obtained or he/she is deceased)

Deadlines for the CSS Profile from the noncustodial parent and the CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent are:

  • Regular Decision - February 20 

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Whether it's transitioning as a freshman or picking a major as a sophomore, you can always turn to the Opportunity Programs' staff to help you meet your goals here at NYU.

How We Help

Once you are enrolled, we are here to help you make the most of your NYU experience:

Pre-Freshman Summer Program

As an incoming freshman, you will be required to participate in a six-week pre-freshman summer program designed to preview the courses that you will be enrolled in the fall. While using the freshman year books during the six weeks you will preview 1/3 of the fall semester courses. More about the Summer Program.

Academic Support

Throughout your undergraduate years at NYU, we offer both non-credit courses to reinforce your coursework and free tutoring for an array of subjects and course levels. More about Academic Support.


Our counseling services are designed to help you transition to college, succeed academically, and finally, graduate. To that end, we offer individualized academic, career, financial, and personal counseling. We are here to help you adjust to the demands of college life both in and outside the classroom. More on Counseling,


Housing on campus is available and guaranteed for all four years to HEOP students starting their freshman year. Housing cannot be guaranteed for students who decide to reside on campus after freshman year.

Financial Aid

As an enrolled student in our program, you will receive a financial aid package, which includes funding from Arthur O. Eve HEOP. Be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) applications as early as possible. Once you’re enrolled, we’re here to help you make the most of your NYU experience.