You submitted your application. You paid (or waived) the application fee. After double and triple checking that it says “Submitted” on your Common Application account for New York University, you let out a sigh of relief. It’s done. But after a few moments of soaking it all in, a question forms in your mind.
Expect an email from Common Application confirming that you successfully submitted the application within one day of submission. Then, you’ll receive an application acknowledge email from NYU the following business day.
Make sure all your supporting materials are submitted in one of the following ways:
- Electronically through the Common Application
- Uploaded directly via your applicant portal
- Emailed to [email protected] from an official email address
- Mailed to NYU Undergraduate Admissions, 383 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
- Sent by a testing agency directly to NYU (if you choose to send official test scores)
This year (for the Class of 2028), standardized testing is welcome but not required. We are also happy to review your application using unofficial transcripts and test scores, which you can send to us using any of the methods above.
3. Wait Again
Within 3 to 7 business days of submitting your application, you will receive a second email with your NYU ID information as well as instructions for how to set up your account and check the status of your application.
4. Check Again
Follow up on your supporting materials and make sure everything arrives and matches your application file.
5. More Waiting
Once your application is complete, be patient. Your job is done, and now you just have to wait while we do ours. Therefore, focus on your studies so you can send the strongest mid-year update possible. Finish the year with grades that reflect your best effort.
6. Take a Deep Breath
After what may feel like an eternity of waiting from the day you submitted your application, you finally receive your decision.
Decisions are released on set dates for first-year applicants.
- Early Decision I → December 15
- Early Decision II → February 15
- Regular Decision → April 1
Decisions are released on a rolling basis for transfers, who receive an email when their decision is ready to be viewed.
Whatever the decision is, at least the waiting is over—right?
Behind the Scenes
Gone are the days when thousands of manila folders floated around admissions offices. We are living in a digital world. NYU uses a “paperless” admissions review process.
Common Application sends your submitted application over to NYU the day after you click submit. Additionally, Common Application will start to send over your supporting materials the day after that. Again, expect at least a business day delay for NYU to receive the materials.
To process an application, first, we load your application information into our systems. Next, the system generates NYU IDs for you. Then, we add your application and supporting materials to your file for our staff to review. We scan mailed documents and add these to your file as they are received. Additionally, anything you sent via mail or email before you submitted your application will be located by your name and added to your file. Your application checklist updates fully within about 10 business days of submission.
Our admissions counselors review complete applications and decisions are entered in our database. As we approach our notification dates, decisions are finalized and we prepare decision communications for all applicants. On the notification dates, we flip a virtual switch. Finally, you view your decision via the NYU applicant portal.