Waiting for your application acknowledgement and NYU username after submitting the Common Application can feel like an eternity. How long you’ll be waiting depends on when in the year you submitted your application.
What exactly is my NYU username?
First, let’s define what your NYU credentials are and when you’ll use them.
- What is it: Your Net ID is a combination of letters and numbers normally based on your initials. (e.g. abc123)
- When will you use it: Your Net ID will be your username. You’ll log in to your application status page with it. Later if you become a student, you’ll use this to log in to NYU Home and it will become your NYU email address (email@example.com).
- Aliases: You may also here people call this your username, NYU Email, or Network ID.
- What is it: Your NYU University ID is a number starting with the letter “N” followed by eight digits. (e.g. N99999999)
- When will you use it: This is your identification number that all NYU offices will use to find your record in our systems. Include it in any emails with NYU.
- Aliases: You may also here people call this your Campus ID or N Number.
You’ll use both of these NYU IDs to set up your NYU account on the NYU Start website.
Applying Early — During August and September
If you click submit during August or September the wait can be quite long. The application opens for each new cycle on August 1 and if you’re one of our first applicants, you’ll be waiting almost two full months for your NYU username. We begin sending out NYU credentials by the beginning of October each year. This is after the university completes it’s census. Census is an annual snapshot of the university. Just like the national census done every ten years, our annual census allows the university to plan sufficient student support as well as report out data required by the government and our accrediting body. After this census is completed, we start assigning IDs to the new applicants.
Applying in the Sweet Spot — October Through Mid-December
If you submit your application anytime between October through mid-December, you’ll experience the shortest wait times for your NYU username. In general, you’ll receive your application acknowledgment email the day after you click submit. Your NYU IDs email with instructions for accessing your status page arrives on the following day. You can learn more about why there is still a two day delay in my article about the application processing timeline.
The deadline for Early Decision I and spring transfer applicants falls during this time on November 1. If you apply on the deadline you may experience one extra day delay, taking it out to 3 days.
Applying at the Final Hour (for First Years) — Late December Through Early January
If you’re applying as a first year, the deadlines for Early Decision II and Regular Decision both come in early January. Each year we receive tens of thousands of applications on the days surrounding these final deadlines. We need more time to process the influx of applications. Therefore, your NYU credentials are delayed and you may wait a week or more.
Fall Transfer Applicants — Mid-January through April
The deadlines for fall transfer applications come in the spring with most applying by our April 1 deadline. However, if you’re a second degree program applicant, your priority deadline is March 1. If you are applying for one of these programs, you can expect to experience the shortest waiting time of 2 days for your NYU username. However, if you apply right on the deadline you may wait 3 – 4 days for your NYU IDs.
Delays From NYU ID Issues
Some students experience delays that aren’t related to when they clicked submit. Every year I manage the ID issues that we find. ID issues occur for a number of different reasons.
Sometimes, an applicant’s record doesn’t automatically match with their own prior NYU account. For example, if you participated in one of our High School Programs and then moved or changed your name on the Common Application you might end up with two NYU accounts that need to be merged. Others are caused when two students list the same SSN (happens way more often than you would think). Then, there are students that have exactly the same name and date of birth and get flagged as a possible match for me to investigate. Siblings with similar names (especially twins and other multiples who share their birthday) often have ID issues. Our system tries to give them one ID set to share. You may share a lot of things with your siblings, but NYU IDs aren’t one of them.
If an ID issue happens on your account, you can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll help resolve it. Alternatively, if I find the ID issue first, don’t be surprised if you get an email from me with a new ID set or asking for some information so that we can get your record all straightened out.