Shawn Abbott

Shawn Abbott


I am the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions at NYU. As NYU’s admissions director, I oversee the recruitment, evaluation, and selection process for the largest independent research university in America. Before coming to NYU, I was the Director of Admission at Stanford University and I served on the admissions committees at Columbia University and Boston University for nearly a decade.

No one really goes to college to become an admissions director, so the seed for my career was likely planted while I was an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire, where I had an amazing college experience. That lead to graduate school at the University of South Carolina, my first jobs at a community college in Boston and at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and then more graduate study at Columbia, where I studied the impact of urban colleges and universities on cities and received my Doctor of Education degree.

Though originally from Boston, New York is home now, and I love being at NYU, a place my boss calls “the most ambitious university on the planet.” It’s true! And through this blog, I hope to share straight-talking, tough love advice and observations about the college admission process and show you how there is no other university in the world quite like NYU.

Recent Blog Entries

06 October 2017

We very much understand and empathize with the reality that many high school seniors have been impacted by recent hurricanes in the United States and surrounding territories. We understand families have lost homes and possessions and many folks are still … Continue reading

19 May 2017

On Monday, May 22, we will admit another round of students from our wait list. By Monday evening, we will have admitted a total of 925 students from our wait list. Included in those offers of admission will be students … Continue reading