Your Guide to Applying

If you are a U.S. Armed Forces veteran, active duty member, or National Guard/reservist you might have some specific questions about applying as an undergraduate student to NYU.

This guide is designed to help students interested in pursuing one of our traditional undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs at NYU. If you are looking for an associate’s degree, certificate programs, part-time study, and/or online options, we’d recommend you consider the programs offered at the NYU School of Professional Studies.

How do I apply to NYU?

Our application process is the same whether you are a veteran, military, or civilian. You should apply to NYU using the Common Application unless you're interested in our second bachelor's degree programs. If you’re unfamiliar with the forms and documents required by the Common Application, check out our Forms and Documents Guide with definitions of each report and an explanation of who needs to submit each piece.

Should I apply for first year or transfer admission?

If you are unsure whether to apply for first year or transfer admission, review the Transfer Applicant Guide which outlines who should apply under each applicant type.

When should I apply?

Our application deadlines can be found in our First-Year Applicant and Transfer Applicant guides.

Do you offer an application fee waiver?

We do! On your Common Application select the fee waiver option "United States Military Veteran (currently serving or previously served)".

Do you offer transfer credit for CLEP exams, a Defense Language Institute transcript, Joint Service Transcript, or for life experience ?

With the exception of the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies in the School of Professional Studies, transfer credit is not awarded either for CLEP exams or for life experience. On a case by case basis, NYU will award select credits for Defense Language Institute courses. Credit may also be awarded for military schooling and work history that are applicable to degree program requirements and are reflected on a Joint Service Transcript. Please note that the awarding of transfer credits is at the discretion of each academic department. For more information about transfer credits visit our Transfer Credit Resource page. (For more information specific to the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies in the School of Professional Studies, visit that program’s Military Veterans and Active Duty Military Members page.) 

What veteran benefits does NYU accept?

Veterans at NYU are eligible to use a wide range of benefits, including:

Veterans can apply for VA benefits online.

More information about NYU’s Veteran Benefits and NYU's Yellow Ribbon Program is available on their respective pages.

Is there a veteran community at NYU?

The NYU Military Alliance and Military Community Center is the hub on campus for all veteran and military-connected student engagement. The NYU Military Alliance is an official chapter of Student Veterans of America. Students can get involved with or connect to the NYU Military Alliance for a variety of events and programming including Fall and Spring orientation activities, Veterans Appreciation Week, the annual Veterans Ball, career and professional development, sporting and recreational activities, and regular community meet ups. For more information on veteran student life, please contact

What type of support services does NYU offer for veterans?

The NYU Military Alliance helps connect veteran and military-connected students with a variety of on and off campus resources ranging from academic support to physical and mental health services. On campus resources include: the NYU Center for Student Life, Wasserman Center for Career Development, the Wellness Exchange, and the Academic Resource Center. Off campus resources include: the Cohen Family Clinic, Wounded Warrior Project, Team Rubicon, and NYC Department of Veterans' Services.

Does NYU have ROTC?

NYU offers ROTC to students through a partnership with Fordham University and Manhattan College. Students in Army ROTC will participate in the Fordham University program, while students in Air Force ROTC will participate in the Manhattan College program. All tuition benefits will be applied to your enrollment at NYU. Please contact the program you are interested in for more information: 

Fordham University Army ROTC

441 East Fordam Road

Faculty Memorial Hall, Rm 130

Bronx, NY 10458

phone: 718-817-4876




Air Force ROTC

Manhattan College

AFROTC Detachment 560

3825 Corelear Avenue

Riverdale, NY 10463-2348

phone: 718-862-7201