The Application Process

Whether you’re from Massachusetts, Manchester, or Mumbai, a first-year student or a transfer, there are a few key things you need to do to apply to NYU. But requirements such as standardized testing and English language testing vary for different applicants.

Things to Know Before Applying

Review Process

There are no formulas to making admissions decisions; NYU seeks a mix of students who have a variety of interests, talents, and goals. There is also no maximum number of students we can admit.

Email Address

Make sure to use a personal email address. We strongly encourage you not to use a school email address to submit your application, as you may miss important information about your application and admissions decision.

Application Status

Within three weeks of the application deadline, NYU will let you know that we have received your application and give you information about how to track your status.


Please submit only documents or copies that you can replace because NYU does not return application documents.

Supplementary Documents

Please only send supplementary materials (DVDs, pictures, articles, etc.) if you are applying to a program that requires an audition or portfolio (see Step 2 of the application instructions).

Transfer Students Seeking Financial Aid/Support

At present, NYU does not provide institutional aid to transfer students with the exception of certain partner or specialty programs such as CCTOP, Phi Theta Kappa, Horizon, GUIDE, POISE, and Second Degree Transfer program at Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Our financial aid counselors are here to help prospective transfer students consider financial options including federal financial aid.

International Students Seeking Financial Aid/Support

International students applying primarily to New York and seeking financial aid should be aware that your indicated financial need will be factored into an admissions decision.

Missing Materials

NYU offers a (limited) window to submit anything that might be missing from your application.

Applicants with a Previous Criminal Conviction

Please review our admission philosophy and process.

Equal Opportunity

NYU prohibits any form of discrimination in our admission process. Review our non-discrimination and affirmative action policies.

Application Authenticity

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application information and all supporting documents are truthful and correct. NYU has a strict policy on application authenticity and working with agents or third parties. For more information, see Application Authenticity.

Students Affected by Natural Disasters, Political, and/or Governmental Decisions

We recognize that there are a myriad of circumstances that can affect a student’s ability to successfully complete the application process. For students and families affected by natural disasters, circumstances imposed by national governments, or any extreme extenuating circumstances, we want to be as accommodating as possible to avoid additional stress. We encourage any student in these situations to reach out to our office to inform us of the situation so that we can provide you with a recommended course of action. Depending on your situation, you may also follow these recommendations if you intend on applying to NYU.

Delayed Exam Results

If your standardized testing results will be delayed for any reason beyond your control, NYU will accept unofficial test results. You can self-report your scores by emailing a screenshot of them to us at This will enable us to expedite our review of your application, but you must send official test scores before an offer of admission can be extended.

Supporting Materials

We will be as flexible as possible when waiting for supporting application materials such as transcripts or teacher evaluations. Certain materials are required to enroll at NYU, so please be in contact with our office should you expect any materials to be delayed.

Submitting Your Application

On a case-by-case basis, we will consider application extensions for any student affected by a natural disaster, circumstances imposed by national governments, or any extreme extenuating circumstances. Please contact your regional admissions officer with a request for an extension before or shortly after our application deadline.

If you have additional questions about NYU’s support for applicants affected by unforeseen circumstances please contact us at or +1-212-998-4500.

Application Fee Waivers

Impacted students can request an application fee waiver in the NYU Questions of the Common Application by selecting "Impacted by Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis."

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