Decision Day

In the pre-dawn hours of March 31, NYU admission decisions for all 3 of our campuses will drop around the world the old fashioned way – by email.

Decisions will be released in waves over the course of the day to minimize disruption to most (not all) school day time zones, meaning decisions will be released into the late evening hours and possibly into the early morning hours of April 1. We will make decisions available online through our NYU Albert student information system on Monday, April 4, or you can call us by phone on Monday and we will release your decision then.

The admitted Class of 2020 – selected from a record-breaking applicant pool of 63,000+ students, looks to be the strongest class we’ve admitted in recent history and they will include our largest ever African-American, Latino/a, and international communities.

The NYU Class of 2020 will include Broadway stars, recording artists, worldwide science Olympiad winners, valedictorians, state and national champions in every sport imaginable, and start-up CEOs (including a guy who won the Infiniti Global Start Up Competition and who moonlights as a member of the Lebanese National Swim Team – on deck to be admitted to NYU Shanghai).

But one of the luxuries of being the largest independent research university in America is that while NYU does, in fact, attract our share of superstars, there is room for mere mortals – students who haven’t already accomplished greatness but who are on the verge of greatness.

This year, there was room in our class for students with healthy (not perfect) test scores. There was room for students with strong (not perfect) grades. There was room for students who didn’t serve as president or captain of everything and instead held down a part-time job to pay for college. There was room for students who didn’t win any awards but raced home after school each day to care for their younger siblings or their grandparents.

There was room for students who have struggled with depression and anxiety, room for students with excellent writing ability but unremarkable essays, and room for students who weren’t the best in show in all that they do but demonstrated they are good citizens and caring human beings.

Though admission to NYU is, in fact, an international competition of the highest level, we’re proud and humbled to welcome the entire Class of 2020 – regardless of what they’ve achieved thus far.




  • Will financial aid/scholarship information be released with the decision email? Thanks!

  • This is an amazing post – it made me tear up a little. I am so humbled and honored to be a part of NYU 2020 (accepted ED 2). I love my school already. Good luck to everyone who applied RD!

  • This makes me so happy, cheers to the class of 2020 !!!

    Maria Sidibe
    March 29, 2016

  • This was such a lovely post! I, like many others who applied to be apart of NYU’s 2020 class, am finding it very hard to remain calm these few days before decision day, but this blog really cheered me up. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I would have the blessing of being apart of NYU’s incoming freshmen class along with the many fantastic people that will also be attending.

    March 29, 2016

  • Wow this is such a nice post…thank you whatever happens

  • Thank you so much for accepting students or “making room” for students of all talents…it was touching to read about making room for students who might not of won awards, but “raced home after school each day to care for their younger siblings or grandparents.” Your refreshing outlook to the process is so appreciated.

    Beth M. Doane
    March 29, 2016

  • This in fact gives me hope of being admitted.

    Obinna Ilochonwu
    March 29, 2016

  • I couldn’t be more excited.

    NYU. What a dream.

    José López-Rúa Taboada
    March 29, 2016

  • I’m praying my son Emilio Zuniga get’s good news on my birthday 03/31!!

    Lydia Zuniga
    March 29, 2016

  • Beautiful, and well-written last remarks before the incoming class of 2020 are admitted to NYU.

    March 29, 2016

  • What beautiful remarks. Thanks, Shawn and team, for all you do.

    Marcy Roberts
    March 30, 2016

  • Congratulations! Very nice press release. That’s one whole lotta applicants!!!

    March 30, 2016

  • Shawn Abbot you are not only a fantastic admissions officer but you are also a phenomenal writer. As a parent of one of these lucky students, I could not have been prouder reading this article!

    Class of 2020 Mom
    March 30, 2016

  • Shawn–Thank you for these last two paragraphs especially. I’m going to quote you (probably extensively!)
    Be well!

    Michael Gibbs
    March 30, 2016

  • WOW, I am blown away. Hats off to NYU for taking the “mere mortals” to rub elbows with true greatness. Given this amazing opportunity, may they all rise to their own greatness, a level they were always capable of, but not given the chance to achieve.


    Tina Harwood
    March 30, 2016

  • Shawn – love your writing style. Good luck to everyone. Hoping for good news for Brennan.

    Lisa Eberhart
    March 30, 2016

  • As a teacher at Alliance High School, Kenya, am waiting with baited breath to see whether my students have been accepted. NYU has been one of the highly sought after university by my students and quite a number have been admitted over the years and they are very grateful to NYU for that gesture. We as a Alliance community are glad to be associated with NYU.

    Victor Odandi
    March 30, 2016

  • Congratulations to all the accepted!Make NYU proud! To the not accepted do not despair Never forget Your future is in your hands; you have to continue do the hard work but if you do you will succeed no matter what your diploma says.

    Richard Senica
    March 30, 2016

  • Awesome post, very touching. I am hoping my son is included in this group of students, I guess we will find out tomorrow…

    Christina McArdle
    March 30, 2016

  • What a beautiful letter. As parents of an incoming student in the class of 2020 we just want to say thank you.

    Ken Einberg
    March 31, 2016

  • Hello Shawn,

    Do you have any updates for a decision day for transfers? Thank you!

  • I can’t sleep! So pumped (and nervous) to look at my decision letter! Hope I get in!

    Alexandria Koshgarian
    March 31, 2016

  • Thanks for your warmth regards and commitment to duty. Besides, your dedication to the course of educational excellence laced with fair opportunity to all and sundry irrespective of race, creed nor tradition is commendable too. Bravo!

    Emmanuel Uchenna OTOZI
    March 31, 2016

  • Reading this post confirmed why NYU was my top school. It solidify in my core why I would fit in. It will be an excellent place to learn, but also shows compassion and support away from home. I am anxiously awaiting my response from your university. Good luck to all the applicants and hopefully I will meet you all on campus

    Kasandra Hanson
    March 31, 2016

  • That was very nicely said. It’s great to see that all is considered. My fingers are crossed that she is accepted into Tisch.

    Michele Connington
    March 31, 2016

  • That was very nicely said. It’s great to see that all aspects are considered. My fingers are crossed that my daughter is accepted into Tisch

    Michele Connington
    March 31, 2016

  • I am a parent of one of the 62,000 applicants. I cannot imagine what it takes to consider that many applicants. Kudos to you and your teammates for getting through them all!

    Marla Albits
    March 31, 2016

  • I love this so much! I am so honored to be part of the NYU Class of 2020. This post reminds me of why I love NYU. It is not always about awards and accolades, it is about the character of each student and how they will use NYU as a place to grow into the person they were destined to be. Thank you for this, I look forward to the next 4 years with you! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

    Miranda Rose Mower
    March 31, 2016

  • My daughter was accepted into NYU! We are beyond excited for the upcoming year. Thanks for the acceptance…

    Karen Leonard
    April 1, 2016

  • Is there a regional college rep for Western Pa/Pittsburgh?

  • Thank you for this warm and inspiring letter, and additionally for selecting my son to be one of the lucky ones to be a part of this class. He is THRILLED.

    He actually had not visited the school until January of this year and cursed himself for not having gone sooner because he was so inspired by the information session and his tour of the campus and felt he would have been MUCH more vocal about his desire to be a part of the NYU student community.

    He learned about his acceptance coincidentally while driving down the West Side Highway en route to see a show with me at the B.B.King Blues Lounge, and our evening took on a most celebratory tone after that… it was a wonderful day for me and, I feel, a tremendously important one for him.

    Thank you so much for giving him a chance to experience all that NYU has to offer!!!!!

    Evan Stover

    Evan Stover
    April 2, 2016

  • Dear Shawn Abbott,

    My name is Kevin Cheng and I am an early decision applicant to NYU’s “2nd Degree – 15 Month Accelerated Nursing Program” that completed my application and had my supplementary recommendation letter submitted on February 16, 2016. I never received a confirmation email. Because of this oddity, along a long process, I was finally able to speak with Mr. Beau Benson through the phone in February and he stated that my application was complete and that everything mandatory was received but because NYU receives numerous e-mails, they had not locate and link the supplementary recommendation letter from my organic chemistry professor in their inbox to my application. I had my professor resubmit a recommendation letter on February 29th, 2016 through e-mail. Along numerous e-mails and phone call follow-ups pertaining to this situation because of the deadline, I received a confirmation e-mail from Mr. Luis M. Cruz on March 1st, 2016 stating that he has received the recommendation letter and notified me to put my mind at ease and that I had nothing else to worry about. I was also notified that if all materials were submitted or postmarked before the deadline date, I did not need to worry. With that extra confidence, I had the belief that my application was fine. After reading your blog, I checked my e-mail and to my disbelief, there was no notification of my results of my hard-worked application that endured an extra ordeal. Bewildered, I frantically searched for “NYU” in my g-mail account for clues and to my dismay, I realized that the e-mail that was sent to me on March 3rd, 2016 had stated my application as a “Regular Decision”. I had previously opened that e-mail on March 3rd, 2016 and activated my NETID: kc3299 but had overlooked the words “Regular Decision” because I was confident that I had submitted everything on my part on time and was even notified that everything was complete before the deadline. I am extremely devastated and upset by this discovery and immediately, I frantically tried to find a means of contacting NYU which has led me to this blog post here. Please contact me as soon as possible. This means a lot to me.

    I want to thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

    Kevin Cheng

    Kevin Cheng
    April 4, 2016

  • Dear Admissions staff,

    If I send you a letter of recommendation for a student at Santa Monica College who missed the due date(s) for submission of an application for the Fall ’16 semester at NYU, will you keep that on file for the Spring ’17 semester (or Fall ’17)?

    C. David Burak, English Dept., SMC

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