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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.
If you're applying to one of the programs listed below, do not complete the Common Application. Visit the links for application instructions:

Things to Know Before Applying

The review process. Admissions officers personally review every application. 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. 
Checking your 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.
Original Documents. Please submit only documents or copies that you can replace because NYU does not return application documents.
Supplementary materials. 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).
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.
Invited visits to Abu Dhabi and Shanghai campuses. If NYU is strongly considering you for NYU Abu Dhabi and/or NYU Shanghai, we may invite you to meet with students, faculty, and administrators on campus. Please note that you cannot request an invitation to these special visits.
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. NYU has a strict policy on application authenticity and working with agents or third parties.

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, 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.

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