To apply as a homeschool applicant, follow the same steps to apply as all NYU first-year applicants. You’ll also need to fulfill the requirements below. 


Your transcripts should:

  • Include completed and in-progress coursework, with grades
  • Have a brief summary of course content

If you’ve taken courses at a secondary or post-secondary school, submit official transcripts from those institutions. Detailed performance evaluations and materials such as course bibliographies or syllabi are also helpful, but not required.

Test Scores

Home schooled applicants and applicants applying from schools with narrative evaluations to programs that require an audition or portfolio (in our Steinhardt School and Tisch School of the Arts) may notice that testing is not required for these programs. The admissions committee, however, strongly advises these applicants to still submit testing if they want to increase their competitiveness for admission to these artistic programs. 

Home schooled applicants wishing to submit predicted examination scores in order to satisfy NYU's standardized testing requirement are advised to contact our office directly before applying. 


Provide at least two recommendations:

  • One from your primary instructor or the person who assesses your academic performance
  • One from an individual (not a parent or family member) who can attest to your readiness to begin studies at NYU

Proof of Graduation

You don’t have to present an equivalency diploma when you apply. But if you are admitted, you will need to present proof of graduation before your enroll. Proof can be:

  • A homeschool diploma
  • A certificate of completion considered the equivalent of a high school diploma in your home state
  • Results from a GED or high school diploma equivalency test