Admissions FAQ

When will my admission decision be mailed?
I've been accepted. How long do I have to accept the offer of admission?
Where should I mail the Candidate Reply Form and my tuition deposit?
Can I defer or waive the $250 tuition deposit?
Can I defer my admission?
Why wasn't my application accepted?
May I request that my application materials be returned to me?
Is student housing available?
How/when do I apply for student housing?
Are counselors available for advising?
How do I apply for loans?


When will my admission decision be mailed?
The Graduate School forwards your application to the department for consideration. The Graduate School does not provide the status of applications online, nor does it provide admissions decisions online or by telephone. The communicating of decisions varies by department. Most doctoral programs make their decisions in February and March. They arrange to have decisions mailed by mid- to late March. Master's and non-degree programs make their decisions at different times, beginning in early March. All decision notifications are done by email.

I've been accepted. How long do I have to accept the offer of admission?
Your offer of admission will specify the reply deadline. The most common reply period is four weeks from the date of your offer of admission; however, it may be shorter in some cases. You must return the Candidate Reply Form along with a $250 tuition deposit to hold your place in the Graduate School.

Where should I mail the Candidate Reply Form and my tuition deposit?
Please mail the Candidate Reply Form and tuition deposit to:

U.S. Postal Service (including express and priority mail):

Graduate Enrollment Services
P.O. Box 907
New York, N.Y. 10276-0907

FedEx, DHL, UPS, or other express mail service (do not use for U.S. Postal Service express or priority mail):

Graduate Enrollment Services
One-half Fifth Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10003

Please be sure to print your student ID number on your check.

Can I defer or waive the $250 tuition deposit?
Unfortunately, it is not the policy of the Graduate School to waive or defer the tuition deposit. It is used to reserve your place in the Graduate School and will be credited toward your tuition.

Can I defer my admission?
Yes, for a maximum of one year. You must make a written request to Graduate Enrollment Services and receive the approval of your department. If approved, you must pay the $250 tuition deposit to hold your place in the Graduate School.

Why wasn't my application accepted?
Graduate School policy does not permit us to discuss details regarding individual admission decisions with applicants. The Graduate School receives a large number of meritorious applications and our departments are quite selective. Admissions committees evaluate applicants on a number of different factors and there are many reasons why an offer of admission is not made.

May I request that my application materials be returned to me?
The application and all materials submitted to the Graduate School become the property of New York University and will not be returned under any circumstances.

Is student housing available?
Limited single bedrooms in shared suites and shared studios are available in on-campus housing. All are within walking distance of NYU or a short subway / bus / trolley ride away. NYU also has an off-campus housing office with resources and hundreds of apartment listings available to NYU students.

How/when do I apply for student housing?
Information on housing is usually sent out with the offers of admission.

Are counselors available for advising?
Yes. Graduate Enrollment Services has counselors available on a walk-in basis, Monday - Friday from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Also, you may call our office at (212) 998-8050, or send us e-mail at gsas.admissions@nyu.edu.

How do I apply for loans?
You will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you wish to apply for federal or private loans. For more information, see the NYU Financial Aid Office WWW page

Updated on 09/27/2012