The courses of study at NYU Tandon School of Engineering are academically rigorous and intellectually challenging; therefore, admission is highly selective. Candidates for admission to graduate programs are evaluated by the department to which they apply. Students seeking admission to the undergraduate programs are evaluated by the professional staff of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Undergraduate Application Process

Application materials and information about undergraduate admissions may be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office. Please visit the NYU Admissions website for more information.

Undergraduate applicants should complete the Common Application for admission and forward it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at New York University with either the nonrefundable application fee or a fee-waiver request form. Applicants must request that their secondary school and/or college forward official copies of all transcripts to the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Additionally, applicants must submit their essays and two letters of recommendation. All freshman applicants must meet standardized testing requirements, which are available on the Undergraduate Admissions website. Transfer applicants may have standardized testing requirements as well. 

New York University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions reviews applications once all required documents are received.

If accepted for admission, applicants should submit an enrollment deposit of $500 to reserve a place in the entering class. This deposit is applied to tuition and other student charges for the first semester and is non-refundable. Deposits to reserve a place in the entering freshman class are due May 1. Deposits to reserve a place for entering transfer students specified on the admission letter. Students who submit deposits after the deadline will be accommodated only if space in the class is available for the semester.

Applicants accepted for the fall semester may begin their studies in the summer session by completing a visiting student admission application after receiving their official offer of admission. NYU Tandon School of Engineering offers two summer sessions to help students who wish to accelerate or supplement their studies, but students are not expected to officially matriculate as degree-seeking candidates until the Fall.

Admission as First Year Students


Applicants for admission as freshmen are required to submit standardized test results to be considered for admission. If submitting SAT Subject Test, AP, or IB scores, please include one literature or humanities score, one math score, and one science score. Please see the NYU admissions website for specifics on the testing policy. Students who are admitted to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and plan on enrolling are required to take two placement examinations before registration.

The preferred secondary school course of study is:

English - 4 years
Science - 4 years
(Chemistry is required and Physics is strongly recommended.)
Mathematics - 4 years
(Sequential I, II, III, precalculus, calculus)

This course of study is only a directive, not an absolute requirement. The primary concern of the members of the Committee on Admissions is to determine an applicant's potential for success at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

First Year Students with Advanced Standing

Incoming first year students may receive advanced standing with college credit at NYU by scoring exceptionally well on the Advanced Placement Examinations given by the College Board. Specific requirements for administering college credit - for the Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate Exam, for the French Baccalaureate or for the General Certificate Exam A Levels, etc. - vary from department to department. Currently, no department at NYU Tandon accepts FB or A Level credits.

Admission under the Higher Education Opportunity Program

The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is funded by New York State to provide broad and varied educational instruction to capable students who, due to limited academic and financial resources, might otherwise not have the opportunity to attend NYU. Once admitted to the HEOP program, students receive financial assistance, counseling, tutoring, advisement, and other support services throughout their college career. HEOP's goal at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is to retain and graduate students who are traditionally underrepresented in engineering and science. Students can also be considered for CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program).

Admission as an International Student

International students must meet the following criteria for admission to NYU Tandon School of Engineering and be eligible to receive a valid I-20 or DS-2019:

  • Academic credentials (grades, certificates, degrees) must be assessed as suitable for entry to the specific NYU School of Engineering program. Transcripts must be submitted with official translations. One source for official translations is World Education Services at
  • Submission of standardized testing is required for first year student admission (
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS is required of all students whose native language is not English. Students who have done 3 or more years in an English curriculum are exempt. Waivers for English language testing may be found here.
  • Admitted international students applying for an F-1 or J-1 student visa are required to submit a signed and completed NYU Declaration and Certification of Finances (Affidavit of Support) accompanied by a bank statement signed by a bank official to receive an I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Students holding F-1 or J-1 visas must enroll as full-time students.

If transfer credit is desired, candidates must include catalog or syllabus descriptions of courses completed. English translation must be provided where necessary. An official transfer-credit evaluation will be done, as soon as possible, after the student is admitted to NYU Tandon School of Engineering and meets with a member of the admissions staff and a departmental adviser.

Admission as a Transfer Student

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering welcomes transfer students from accredited colleges and universities, provided they have maintained a strong academic record. In addition to the Common Application transfer applicants must submit the following to be eligible for transfer admission at NYU:

  • One Instructor Evaluation completed by a professor or instructor at the college/university level.
  • Official test scores that meet the University requirements for Standardized Tests. Transfer applicants who have already completed at least one year of full-time college or university enrollment by the time they apply are exempt from having to submit standardized test results to NYU. International transfer applicants, however, must review the English language testing requirements, which apply to both freshman and transfer candidates. If the applicant has not already completed one full year of full-time college or university enrollment by the time the application is submitted, the same standardized testing requirements that are outlined by Undergraduate Admissions on the Standardized Tests page for Freshman Applicants must be met.
  • The Common Application College Official's Report submitted by an adviser or a school official who can verify previous or current enrollment at a college/university.
  • Official college/university transcripts submitted directly by the college/university registrar at any and all institutions attended.
  • The Common Application Final Report and secondary/high school transcript submitted directly by a counselor or school official at the secondary/high school attended. Please note: Secondary/high school transcript (or General Education Diploma) is required regardless of when the applicant graduated.

Once accepted, transfer students' credits will be evaluated to determine which are transferable. Students are required to submit their college catalog, and/or syllabi, describing courses under consideration for transfer credit.

All transfer credit evaluations must be completed before the end of the first semester in which the transfer student is enrolled at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Transfer credit is awarded on the basis of current standards and curriculum. Therefore, it is possible that credits NYU Tandon School of Engineering had previously awarded for courses taken at other universities may no longer be granted at this time. Transfer credit will not be considered for any course with less than a C grade. Any student who completes a course in residence at NYU Tandon School of Engineering for which transfer credit has already been granted will automatically forfeit the transfer credit for that course.

In certain instances, course requirements may be waived for students who demonstrate sufficient knowledge of specific course content through either oral or written examinations given by the department. When course requirements are waived, the student will not receive credit for the course, but must substitute a more advanced course to satisfy the degree requirement.

The grades for transfer courses are not included in computing the NYU Tandon School of Engineering grade-point average. New transfer students may be admitted on a part-time or full-time basis and are required to take a mathematics diagnostic examination and a writing placement exam.

Admission as an Internal Transfer

If a student who currently attends another school of NYU would like to be considered for admission to NYU Tandon, he/she may utilize the online internal transfer application in Albert's Application Center.

In order to be eligible to submit an application to start in their third semester, students must be in at least their second semester of consecutive full-time study at their current NYU school or college. Students who have previously applied for an internal transfer and were denied admission must wait one full academic year before becoming eligible to reapply. Likewise, students who have already completed an internal transfer must wait one full academic year before applying for another.

There is no application fee for internal transfers. They may submit only one application at a time. Applications submitted after the stated application deadline will be considered only on a space-available basis. Visit the Internal Transfer website for more information.

Admission as a Part-Time Student

Students seeking a bachelor's degree may enroll on a part-time basis (11 credits or less). Part-time undergraduate students should be aware that it is not possible to complete a bachelor's degree program by attending only evening courses.

Regulations concerning subject requirements and admissions procedures are given in the section "Admissions as a First Year Student."

Following notification of acceptance, students are told when to contact the adviser of their major department. In some cases, this contact may be accomplished during registration.

Special and Visiting Status

Individuals interested in pursuing undergraduate coursework at the School of Engineering, must submit a visiting student application to the Office of University Programs. University Programs provides support and services to visiting students during all semesters, including Fall in NY, January Term, Spring in NY, and Summer Sessions. Additional information regarding available programs and the application process can be found on the NYU Visiting Students page.

Conditional Status

An undergraduate degree applicant who is required to demonstrate additional ability to pursue the program applied for is assigned conditional status. Conditions may include taking introductory level courses, limited courses per semester, or attainment of a specified grade-point average.


Within the full-time and part-time classifications of undergraduate admissions are three status groups: regular, conditional and special/visiting student. A change in status from conditional to regular should be applied for when the conditions of admission are satisfied. A special or visiting student must file an application for undergraduate admissions with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


NYU Tandon students who have not been in attendance for one semester or more and have not been granted an approved leave of absence (see "Leave of Absence") must apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The student's application for readmission will be sent to the student's academic department for evaluation. The academic department in consultation with the Office of Academic Affairs determine whether the student is eligible to continue his/her studies at the School. If a former Tandon student has, in the meantime, engaged in coursework at another college or university, a transfer application must be filed for admission consideration.

Students who have been academically disqualified must apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students applying for readmission are expected to state their reasons for leaving Tandon and explain why they want to return.