Jonathan Williams

Jonathan B. Williams, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions

Now more than ever it's important to be in regular communication with our community. In an effort to keep you all better informed we will be publishing occasional updates that may impact students as they move through the admissions process. 


NYU Will Be Test Optional for the 2021-2022 Application Cycle

February 4, 2021

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.

NYU still welcomes those applying to be members of the Class of 2026 to submit standardized test scores as a supplemental way to demonstrate academic accomplishments, and support your application for admission, but it will not be required. We maintain our decade long commitment to a flexible testing policy that enables students to submit traditional standardized testing like SAT and ACT, as well as a large number of national exams and other alternatives.

As with applicants this year, students looking to apply during the 2021-2022 application cycle, will not be disadvantaged during the review process if you choose not to submit test scores. NYU is committed to equity and will consider students who submit standardized testing with the same holistic review as those who are unable to sit for standardized testing. We are proud of our longstanding commitment to looking at all aspects of a students application and will continue to evaluate applicants through our holistic review.

If you are in a non-U.S. curriculum that culminates in a final school leaving or university entrance examination, you will still be expected to provide predicted and/or final results from that examination if these are available.

NYU is committed to supporting students and their families during these unprecedented times. In spite of the challenges we face during the pandemic, this past year has proven that it is still possible to uphold our mission of providing access to higher education while bringing together one of the diverse and academically talented communities in the world.

For more details on our testing policies, please visit our How to Apply page.

COVID-19 and NYU’s Approach to Testing for Applicants During 2020-2021

June 18, 2020

NYU recognizes that the continued struggle with the Covid-19 health crisis has made it more difficult for applicants to take many kinds of standardized tests. Even though NYU has a flexible testing policy that allows students to submit alternatives to traditional submissions like SAT and ACT, in this year the flexibility of our testing policy may be insufficient to overcome impediments to testing caused by the coronavirus.

Accordingly, while the University still welcomes those applying to be members of the Class of 2025 to submit test scores in line with our policy, we will not require it. If you do not submit test scores, you will not be disadvantaged during the application review process this year. We will equally consider students who submit standardized testing, those who are unable to sit for standardized testing this year, and those who submit their scores past our normal deadlines.

Our holistic review process - meaning that each candidate is evaluated on multiple factors beyond simply grades, test scores, and other quantifiable metrics - is made for this very type of situation, and is dedicated to ensuring that students who are unable to take traditional standardized tests are not disadvantaged, compared to students who submit scores.

NYU is committed to bringing together diverse students whose educational and personal development align with the mission of our university. To that end, NYU has one of the most flexible testing policies of any college or university, accepting dozens of examinations and qualifications from around the world.

If you are in a non-U.S. curriculum that culminates in a final school leaving or university entrance examination, you will still be expected to provide predicted and/or final results from that examination.

A Message to Students Participating in Peaceful Protests

June 16, 2020

Black Lives Matter. We believe that confronting and dismantling structural racism requires understanding, dialogue, and action. NYU stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, students, and communities of color during this collective awakening to systemic oppression. We support all prospective and current students, our staff, and our University community who exercise their right to protest peacefully and those who are behind the scenes fighting racial injustice.

NYU was founded to promote social mobility and to provide access to education for all. We embrace a world where equity is paramount and there are no artificial walls built by prejudice or discriminatory barriers to success. It is essential that we actively seek ways to recommit to our founding mission and uphold an anti-racist institution. Our diversity, freedom of thought, differing perspectives, and global community not only comprise core values of the University but lead to the creation of a more just society. We pledge to do our own internal work—individually and as a team—to be bold and hold ourselves accountable to live up to these values.