GSAS Application Page 1 Instructions-Adding a URL to Your Application

If you choose to include a URL as part of your application, please note the following:

  • Do not submit your application until you have your URL and have entered it on page 1. Once you submit your application, the URL cannot be changed, so be sure that the URL is correct, and what it points to is complete and loads correctly before you submit your application.

  • You are strongly encouraged to not secure your website or video with a password. If you feel you must do so, Include the password at the beginning of your Statement of Purpose, along with the URL.

  • The URL must be 30 characters or less. If your URL is longer than that size, you should use a service that can shorten your URL, such as bitly.com. This will allow you to convert a URL such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioJj4FuLkq0 (42 characters) to a shorter form, like http://bit.ly/4ngULR (20 characters).

  • To submit your URL, log into your online application and go to Step 2: Application Form Page 1. At the very bottom of the page is the question "Website/Video URL (max 30 characters)." (This is the last question in the "Other Information" section. If you are appying for the Spring 2014 semester, this question will read "Any additional description you wish to provide about your background.")

  • Once you have entered your URL and clicked the "Save" button, click the "Preview" button and confirm that your URL (found at the bottom of the page, labeled "URL:", and just above "Citizenship:") is complete and correct. An example is shown below.

  • If you have any questions about submitting a URL, please contact gsas.admissions@nyu.edu.

Submitting a Video

  • If you will be submitting a video, remember that you are submitting a link (URL) to your video (such as on YouTube.com, youku.com, tudou.com, some other video hosting site, or your own website), not the video itself.

  • If you use YouTube, you can also shorten the URL directly. To obtain a shorter URL, copy everything after the equals sign ("=") and append to http://youtu.be/. For example:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioJj4FuLkq0 (42 characters)

    can be converted to

    http://youtu.be/ioJj4FuLkq0 (27 characters). Both point to the same video.

Putting Materials Online

If you have files or documents that cannot be uploaded to the application (audio/video files, writing samples larger than 2 MB, etc.), and you do not have your own web page, you can post them to a service such as Google Drive. Submit the URL for the directory that contains the files and be sure to set "Share" to "Anyone who has the link". See http://bit.ly/193zj0A as an example. [Please note that not all older web browsers support Google Drive.]

Updated on 09/06/2013