Submitting a Transfer Application to NYU

Everything you need and everything you need to know about the transfer process.

Thinking of Transferring to NYU? Here’s What You Need to Know…

Before investing a significant amount of time in applying, let’s first be absolutely sure that you are a transfer applicant. You should have completed secondary school after completing about 12 years of education. If that applies to you, then keep going. You must meet one of the following requirements as well:

  • You are currently (or were once) enrolled in a degree-seeking program that is regionally accredited in the US.
  • You are currently (or were once) enrolled in a degree-seeking program at a school outside of the US. The institution must be nationally recognized by your country’s primary accrediting body. 
  • You are currently (or were once) enrolled in a non-degree seeking program but have earned 24 or more semester credits by the time you enroll at NYU.

Now that you have determined that you are indeed a transfer applicant, let’s explore what you need to apply.

Application Materials

You'll want to make sure you have everything needed for your application review.


  • An application submitted via Common App. Log on to and complete a profile/submit an application. You will need to select New York University as one of your schools.
  • Transcripts. Request your high school transcript as well as transcripts from every college attended. This includes proper leaving certificates/diploma including a GED. Ensure that all documents are sent to NYU from a counselor/advisor/teacher from the institution. Be aware that if you, the student, send anything to admissions, it will be considered unofficial.
  • Letter of Recommendation. Request a letter of recommendation from a current or past instructor. If you’ve been away from school for more than a year, feel free to have a professional recommendation sent.

Tips for a good recommendation: Choose someone that knows you and can speak to your academic ability and character. Your recommender should be someone that you’ve worked with in the past year or two if possible. Also, you probably want to make sure they actually like you and are advocating for your success (insert smile).


  • Standardized Testing. You will need to submit some form of standardized testing if you are still in your first year of college/university. If you are in your first or second semester, please submit SAT, ACT or another standardized test accepted by NYU. Similarly, English Language Testing is required if you have not completed three full years of study in a curriculum taught in English or if English is not your native language. 
  • Artistic Requirements. For artistic programs in Steinhdardt and Tisch, you may need to audition or submit a portfolio. Be sure to know the specifics of what is needed to apply to your performing arts program.

Other things to think about...

Program Offerings

For some programs at NYU, an application can only be submitted in the fall. Those programs include Global Liberal Studies, majors in the Stern School of Business, and most majors in the Tisch School of the Arts (Cinema Studies and Performance Studies allow Spring transfers). While most programs in Steinhardt allow spring transfers, Media Culture and Communications, Music Business and Music Composition and Theory only allow fall transfers. 

Tandon/Nursing Applicants

If you’re interested in either engineering or nursing and already have a bachelor’s degree (either from NYU or another institution), you have the opportunity to earn a second bachelor’s degree. See this link for more information.

Gaps in Education

Explain any gaps in education. Did you take a medical leave of absence? That’s fine. Hmmm…maybe you did a service trip for a year. Or decided that a gap year was the best option for you. Cool. Just ensure that any gap in your education between secondary school and your application to NYU is explained. This will help us in the review process and will limit unnecessary delays.

Application Fee

While the application fee should never be a barrier to submitting an application, NYU does have a non-refundable application fee of $80.00. 

Finally, you'll want to be aware of deadlines associated with the transfer application.

For Fall entry, the application deadline is April 1st. For Spring entry, the deadline is November 1st. I always recommend submitting your application (and materials) as far ahead of the deadline as possible.