Iconic Drop Outs

Students should care about graduation rates when they choose a university.  I swear our graduation rate would be higher (7+ in 10 in 4 years) if we didn’t have so many dang ridiculously successful NYU drop-outs like these two.  They just released a new video to launch a 2016 collection and reprise a 1978 classic (once heard religiously at the Palladium before it became one of our residence halls and our athletic complex).

Neither Lady GaGa nor Tom Ford ever finished their NYU degree and sadly it doesn’t appear they are coming home anytime soon.


The Dirt on Selecting A School/College at NYU

With the opening of NYU Abu Dhabi in 2010, we began allowing admission candidates to be considered for more than 1 of our schools, colleges, programs, and campuses. With a sweeping panorama of more than 200 areas of study spanning the world, it seemed grossly unfair (to our applicants) to consider them for just ONE of the above.

Here’s the latest dirt on your admission options at NYU:

We’re happy to consider candidates for any of our campuses.  In some cases, we might even offer you admission to more than one. We’re also happy to consider candidates who have an adventurous spirit and want to study abroad right away. In some cases, we may offer admission to students with the expectation they spend their freshman year at NYU Florence, NYU London, NYU Paris, or NYU Washington, DC. Gaining an international experience early enables students to be competitive for top flight internships with the world’s most influential organizations in one’s junior and senior years, especially those headquartered here in New York City.

Still, think long and hard about your selections. If you request consideration for one of our campuses above, we will consider you, but recognize that you might get what you asked for. If you’re not up for such an adventure, narrow your selections and request consideration for only the places you would truly consider.

We’re also happy to consider candidates for alternate schools, colleges, and programs if we’re not able to admit someone to their primary area of interest. We’re thrilled to encounter students who are open to more than one option at NYU. Still, be realistic about where we may (and may not) consider you.  For example:

  1. Admission to our Stern School of Business has become exceedingly competitive.  Stern is hot, plain and simple. Many of our applicants know this and want to be considered for other programs at NYU. Wonderful! But realistically, we’re likely to only seriously consider Stern applicants for one of our other business or management programs if we’re not able to admit them to Stern. We’re not likely to consider such students for other programs in the humanities (e.g. our Liberal Studies Core Program) or social sciences (e.g. our College of Arts and Science’s Economics program). Programs like Business and Technology Management (at our Polytechnic School of Engineering), Sports Management, Real Estate, and Hotel & Tourism Management (all at our School of Professional Studies) are the most viable alternative options for a student aiming to study business at NYU.
  2. If you indicate that either an arts program in the Steinhardt School or the Tisch School of the Arts is not a first choice but instead a secondary/alternate choice (which is totally fine – go for it!), you should only attempt to arrange an audition or submit a portfolio if invited. The one arts program in our Steinhardt School that does not have an audition or porfolio review process is our Educational Theatre program. Similarly, our Gallatin School of Individualized Study, which also does not have an audition or porfolio review process, welcomes some students every year who audition or submit portfolios to Steinhardt and Tisch, and select Gallatin as an alternate program of interest.

If you do select an alternate choice on your application, please do be sure to tell us why in your “Why NYU?” essay response. It’s incredibly helpful for us to have more detail about what you are truly interested in at NYU. Don’t just check boxes on the application. Tell us what you are open to, where you want to go, and what you want to do!

The Violet Carpet in LA

LA, I so badly want to hate you.  But my man-crush continues with your swooping freeways and canyon boulevards that open up for me every time I visit, your epic Pacific blue skies, your agave and palm studded hills, and your Armenian/Iranian royal families that now preside over this land.

Still, too much Cardinal and gold out here.  Time to paint this town Violet with prospective NYU students at LA LIVE.

And here to cheer Andy Samberg and the 50+ Tisch School of the Arts alumni nominated to dominate the 67th annual Emmy Awards Red Violet carpet opens in 90 minutes.

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Come Meet NYU!

Hi there.  This is Ted Jacobi, one of the Admissions Officers at New York University.  I hope everyone is having a great start to the school year. Whether you are a senior researching colleges before filling out your Common Application, a junior whose guidance counselor has tasked you with visiting websites to learn about colleges, an ambitious sophomore or freshman, who is curious about the college application process, or even the oft’ forgotten, but always appreciated transfer student, you’re in the right spot. You’ve made it…congratulations!

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I celebrated my four year NYUniversary on Monday—that means I’ve been working in the Office of Admissions for four years and I’m about to leave for my fifth travel season! As I started packing up my boxes and booking flights and rental cars, I thought about my blog post from this time last year (#tbt). My office looks pretty much the same as last year–stacks of boxes filled with brochures and pens with a desk filled with flight confirmations.

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Supermodels and Priorities

Can’t emphasize enough how awesome it was to see one of NYU’s newest first year students curtail her post MTV Video Music Awards celebrations to get to campus on time for our first day of classes.  Her sense of priorities made us proud last week.

As our President, John Sexton, told our incoming class this year (at Madison Square Garden): “Beauty fades but the need for conversation never does.”

Long after her supermodel career wanes and the last party ends at the VMA’s in 2035, our then NYU alumna, Ms. Kloss, will always have plenty to say.