The following provides answers to the most common questions asked by our applicants. Please make sure to also read the specific FAQs under our Letters of Recommendation, Test Scores, Academic Transcripts, and International Students pages.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will my admission decision be emailed?
Two questions we often are asked by applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) at NYU are about the status of their admissions applications, and when admissions decisions will be released. (Applicants to other schools at NYU should check with the Admissions Office in the school to which they applied.)
Checking Application Status
Communicating Application Decisions
When Decisions are Typically Released
Checking application status
You can easily check the status of your GSAS application materials by looking at your Application Checklist when you sign in to your application. The checklist will tell you if any materials are outstanding. We urge you to return to the checklist often if materials are missing.
We are not able to tell you the status of the review process at your department or program. Your application is available to the program very soon after you submit your application. From that point onward, the review is a highly individualized process. Some programs do not begin reviewing applications until their deadline date; others begin reviewing immediately. Some departments do not communicate decisions until all applications have been reviewed. Others announce decisions one-by-one or in groups over a period of time.
Once a program makes a final decision on an application, the Graduate School is informed. Then we, in turn, inform you.
Communicating application decisions
When a final decision is made on your application, you will receive an email communication from us telling you that you can see the decision on your Application Status Page. A yellow box will appear at the top of the page, letting you know there is a status update.
When decisions are typically released
Below is a general overview of when decisions are made. Also, the following programs have asked us to communicate more specific information.
For fall applications:
Most doctoral programs make their decisions in February and March. Master's and non-degree programs make their decisions at different times, typically beginning in early March and extending for several months. For programs with later application deadlines, please note that most departments do not begin to review applications until after the deadline.
For spring applications:
Master's and non-degree programs make their decisions at different times, typically beginning in October and extending through early January.
For summer applications:
Master's and non-degree programs make their decisions at different times, typically beginning in January and extending for several months.
Specific Information for Select Departments
Computer Science and Information Systems:
- The Computer Science Department's Admissions Committee is currently reviewing fall 2023 applications. Decisions should be made by early May 2023. Due to the volume of applicants, we are unable to give you the status of your application or tell you if your application is complete. However, you can check if your application is complete directly within your application (apply.gsas.nyu.edu/apply/)
- Mathematics MS: Admissions decisions are expected to be made after the April 1 deadline. Applicants who have a deadline from another program can contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Scientific Computing MS:Admissions decisions are being made on a rolling basis but all decisions may not be made until after the May 1 final deadline. Applicants who have a deadline from another program can contact the department at email@example.com.
- The Master's full-time program's applications for fall 2023 will be reviewed on a rolling basis and most of the decisions should be made by June. Full-time applicants to the master's program should please let the program know as soon as possible if they have a deadline from another program and have not received a decision. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Master's part-time program's applications for spring 2023 will be reviewed on a rolling basis and most of the decisions should be made by the end of December or beginning of January.
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 follow the instructions on the Admitted Student Resource Page (your personal link is in your admissions email) in order to officially accept the offer and to hold your place in the Graduate School.
Can I defer my admission?
Yes, for a maximum of one year, if your department approves your request; not all programs permit deferrals. You must make a written request to Graduate Enrollment Services (email email@example.com) and receive the approval of your department. If approved, you may be required to pay a tuition deposit to hold your place in the Graduate School. The tuition deposit is $250 in all programs except for Mathematics in Finance, which is $2,800.
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 become the property of New York University. We will not return them under any circumstances.
What do I do next?
Please refer to the New Student Checklist for your next steps. Congratulations and welcome to NYU!
Are counselors available for advising?
Yes — Graduate Enrollment Services counselors can advise about the application process, including tips on letters of recommendation, test preparation, writing the statement of purpose, and financial aid options. Counselors are available on a drop-in basis, Monday - Friday from 11AM to 2PM. Zoom appointments are also available by request. You may call us at (212) 998-8050, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is student housing available?
On-campus housing has a limited number of single bedrooms in shared suites and of shared studios, all within walking distance or a short subway/bus ride away from NYU. The Center for Student Life also provides helpful information about Off-Campus Living to help students navigate apartment searches.
How and when do I apply for student housing?
Housing information is included on your Admitted Student Resource Page (your personal link is in your admissions email).
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 our Financial Aid page.