When should I send in supporting materials?


Sending in your documents before you submit your application can actually lead to it taking longer for your file to complete.

But don’t wait too long…

Every year applications are still incomplete on decision day because people wait too long to send in materials. Your best bet is to submit your application on or before the deadline and send all your supporting materials within one week of submitting.

If you are mailing or emailing in credentials or having your official scores sent from a testing agency – make sure your Common Application ID or University ID (N########) is included whenever possible. When that is not possible (e.g. scores sent by a testing agency) – make sure your name on the credentials matches exactly with the name you used on your application.


Sending Materials Before the Application

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You may think you’re getting ahead of the game sending in documents early, but that isn’t the case. Documents without an application are scanned and then sit in a location in our system we call Docs Waiting for Apps. This area holds tens of thousands of documents waiting for an application to arrive. As we receive applications we sift through this endless stash to try to find matches based on name alone. This is a time consuming and imperfect process.


Sending Materials With the Application

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It is best to have documents sent via the Common Application portal if you can. Common Application holds all of your documents until you submit the application. Anything submitted before your application waits and gets sent with your application. Materials submitted after your application get sent to NYU the following business day in batches of credentials. This process ensures that everything is matched with your application automatically.


Sending Materials After the Application Deadline

It is OK to send supporting materials and test scores after the application deadline as long as you successfully submit the application on time.

The application deadline is just that – the deadline for the application. Supporting materials can be sent after you submit. They should be sent ASAP.

Applicants should send all materials by the following dates to ensure that we will have a chance to process and review the materials before decisions have to be locked in.

  • First Year Applicants:
    • Early Decision I – November 15
    • Early Decision II – January 15
    • Regular Decision – February 1
  • Transfer Applicants:
    • Within 10 days of application deadline

We accept test scores SENT after the deadline, but do not guarantee that we will be able to review scores for exams TAKEN after the deadline (due to the timing of when results are released and sent by the testing agency to NYU).
Find out more about application status and submitting documents here.

Find out more about ensuring all your credentials match to your application here.

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