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

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.


NYU's Standardized Testing Policy

For more details on our testing policies, please visit our How to Apply section on the Undergraduate Admissions Website

Review Policy