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!

1 Comment

  • Dear Sir or Madam,
    I am an international student who is applying for freshman. What can I do if I want to double majors, like education and marketing? They are in different schools, so are there any suggestions on how to write my WHY NYU essay?

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