USA/International Admissions: Early Decision

Information Regarding NYU’s Early Decision Philosophy and Process

New York University's Early Decision plans are binding agreements: If you apply and are offered admission and provided with a financial aid package that enables you to enroll, you then must withdraw any previously submitted applications and accept NYU's offer of admission within 25 days of receiving the offer.

NYU Shanghai applicants who are offered admission to an alternative program or campus at NYU will be released from the binding agreement but will be asked to either accept or decline their offer of admission within 25 days of receiving it.

Students who are offered Early Decision admission are prohibited from filing any new applications once they confirm their intent to enroll at NYU Shanghai. Early Decision applicants who are denied admission may not reapply as Regular Decision applicants in the same application cycle.

Students applying for Early Decision admission must follow the same procedures and submit all of the same materials outlined on the Application Requirements page of our website. Please be mindful of the deadlines associated with the Early Decision plan; late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants to Multiple NYU Campuses

Students who are interested in applying to NYU Shanghai and one of NYU’s other campus locations should submit only one application and indicate their alternate program(s) of interest. Applicants must select Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision, which will be the admissions plan for all New York University campuses, programs, and schools for which they intend to be considered. A student cannot opt to apply Early Decision I for one NYU campus or program and Early Decision II or Regular Decision for another.

You will be released from the binding Early Decision agreement if you are offered admission to anything other than your primary campus, program, or school of interest.

Early Decision and Financial Support

NYU Shanghai uses the same methodology in providing financial support for Early Decision candidates as we do in providing financial support for Regular Decision candidates. Students are not offered more or less financial support based on when they apply for admission.

Early Decision candidates’ financial circumstances are evaluated based on the CSS/Financial Aid Profile application, administered by the College Board (a separate US nonprofit organization). Based on this evaluation, NYU will provide an estimated financial support package with the admissions decision. US citizens and permanent residents who are admitted during Early Decision are required to submit the FAFSA by February 15. The final financial aid package will be awarded in April. Applicants must submit the appropriate forms by the deadlines to be considered for financial aid.

You will be released from the Early Decision agreement if your estimated financial support package does not enable you to attend.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Applying Early Decision

The biggest advantage to applying Early Decision is that if you are offered admission, your college search process can then be completed early, thus reducing anxiety associated with the college admissions process.

However, it is important to be sure that you have all of your admissions-related information available at the time you apply—including academic transcripts, actual or predicted exam results (predicted results must be provided by your school), teacher evaluations, etc. If you can complete your application by the Early Decision I deadline—November 1—and you are prepared to commit to NYU Shanghai, then this may be the best option for you.

Many students want to know if it is easier to be admitted through our Early Decision process. The reality is that the criteria we use to evaluate candidates for admission—academic transcript and class rank (if available), test scores, teacher evaluations, potential fit with our campus, etc.—is the same during both the Early Decision and Regular Decision processes. That said, given the relatively small size of our Early Decision applicant pool, we have been, in recent years, able to admit a larger percentage of our applicants during Early Decision.