- My background is such-and-such, can you tell me whether I'll be a competitive applicant to one of your programs?
No, I'm sorry, we can't make specific such judgments until we formally review your application. And even if we could, we can't give feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of individual applications.
- Is there a special application for international students? How will my transcripts be evaluated?
For these and other international student questions, view the FAQs for international student applicants.
- Can I be excused from the GRE or TOEFL requirements? What if my scores won't be available until after the deadline?
The grad school requires GRE test scores; we do not have the authority to waive this requirement. LSATs and so on cannot be substituted for the GRE.
The TOEFL or IELTS test is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived if you will have completed a bachelor or master's degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English. You don't need to do anything to inform the grad school that you're eligible for this waiver; they can determine that from your regular application materials.
For further details, review the GSAS Application Instructions and the GSAS Testing Requirements FAQs.
The graduate school requires official test scores, sent to them directly from the GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS programs. For the GRE, have them sent to New York University—GSAS, code 2596. The TOEFL requires you to list a department code; you should select the code that is most appropriate for your field of study. You may also use code 99. However, do not use code 00—we will not receive your test scores if you report 00 as the TOEFL department code. Also, do not leave the field blank. If you do, it will become code 00 and we will not receive your test scores. For IELTS scores, they must be sent directly to New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York ,NY. No code is needed for IELTS.
Often there are constraints on when you'll be able to take the GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS tests. You should schedule them early in the fall. Every year, some students end up scheduling them too late and then email us frantically asking what exceptions we can make for them. There's little we can do. If your test scores won't reach us until (shortly) after the application deadline, then self-report the scores on your application, or email them to us as soon as they are available. However, we may have already set your application aside as incomplete; and we make no promises to go back and reconsider it. Also, the grad school must receive your official test scores by the time we make our final decisions, or we won't be permitted to make you an offer.
- If I take the GRE multiple times, how do you combine them?
We see all of your scores.
- You mentioned late test scores. What are my options for submitting materials late?
Please don't do this. It turns out to be a huge amount of work for us and for the grad school. These are things that DON'T justify sending us any update or new material:
- you accidentally sent us the personal statement of academic purpose that was addressed to Columbia
- your paper which was under consideration for ... has now been accepted, and you want to update your CV
- you have a newer draft of your writing sample, or you accidentally sent one that left out a few changes
If you have some more compelling reason to update your application, then you can email email@example.com.
GES gets applications to us, and we begin reviewing them, in mid-January. We make no promises whatsoever to include materials submitted late in our review.
- How can I tell if my application materials were received?
Please review your Application Status Page which has a checklist of the various parts of the application and whether we have received them or not.
- Why wasn't I accepted?
We get many strong applications and can only extend offers to a small handful of them. Many strong applications are unsuccessful. As a matter of policy, we are not permitted to discuss details regarding individual decisions.
- May I have application materials returned to me?
No. The application and all materials submitted to the Graduate School become the property of NYU and will not be returned under any circumstances.
- I applied to NYU in a previous year. Can you re-use some of my earlier applications materials?
Only your GRE scores (retained for five years) and TOEFL/IELTS scores (retained for two years). Review the FAQ for Re-applying for Admission.
- If I'm accepted, can I defer admission for a year?
In some circumstances this is possible. You have to petition for it, and your reasons for deferring should be academic.