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McGhee Admissions FAQs-Application Process

The undergraduate degrees within McGhee are open to all qualified candidates who are at least 19 years of age. Students who already have obtained a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply for enrollment in a degree program within the McGhee Division.

The Admissions Committee reviews each application individually, and the admission decision is the result of a collective evaluation of each application component.

The following components are required for submission in order to complete a McGhee degree program application:

  • A complete online application
  • A résumé
  • Official high school transcript(s) and college or university transcript(s) if applicable
  • For international students, TOEFL scores and, if requested, an evaluation of foreign educational credentials to verify transcript equivalency to the U.S. educational system. In addition, international applicants are required to participate in the English Language Assessment consisting of an online test and an interview administered by the School's American Language Institute (ALI).

For additional details, please visit Admissions Criteria.

The Admissions Committee begins issuing admission decisions for the fall term in March, for the spring term in August, and for the summer term in January. Fall applicants who submit a complete application by February 1 receive an admission decision by March 15. Admission decisions for fall applications received or completed after February 1 will be issued after April 15.

Admission decisions for summer and spring applications are typically made within two to three weeks after the Admissions Committee has begun the review process for your intended term of entry.

Applications are not reviewed at the point of submission. The review process, which is conducted on a rolling basis, begins once we have received all application documents required to render a decision. Once we have received all of application documents, decisions are rendered within three to six weeks from the time that application became complete.

The Office of Admissions provides written decisions only and will not release a decision over the telephone.

All applicants who apply online are able to view their admission status using our online system. The Office of Admissions sends an Email acknowledgment to all applicants upon receipt of an application. Instructions for checking your admission status are included in this acknowledgment Email.

Applicants who applied using a paper application can check their application status by calling the Office of Admissions at (212) 998-7100.

The status check in the online application is not automatically updated when your application is submitted. If you have just submitted your application, the Office of Admissions has not yet been able to process it and match it to any credentials submitted with your online application or received separately. The status check will be updated as your application is processed and will clearly indicate if your application is still being processed. It also will indicate if any documents are missing.

Yes. In order to conduct a complete and holistic review of an application, the Office of Admissions needs to evaluate transcripts from all institutions previously attended.

Official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the address below in a sealed envelope. The envelope(s) may be mailed directly by the institution(s) at which you studied or they may be delivered by you to the Office of Admissions.

The Office of Admissions will review applications accompanied by unofficial copies of transcripts. You may submit unofficial copies to our office via fax or Email or by uploading them to your online application. If you are admitted, we must receive official transcripts within your first semester of study.

The NYU School of Professional Studies Office of Admissions
Fax: (212) 995-4674

Official letters of recommendation can be mailed to the Office of Admissions at the address below in a sealed envelope. Additionally, if the applicant applies online, the recommendation provider has the option of uploading their recommendation using the online application system. We do not accept official letters of recommendation via Email or fax.

The NYU School of Professional Studies Office of Admissions
7 East 12th Street, Suite 921
New York, NY 10003

Submission of a TOEFL or IELTS score is not required. Should you wish to submit a score from either exam, the following is recommended.  

TOEFL: 100 on the Internet-based test, 250 on the computer based-test, or 600 on the paper-based test.

IELTS: 7.0

No, applicants who already have earned a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply for a second bachelor’s degree program, but our post-baccalaureate programs are an option.

Students who have previously attended an undergraduate program at the NYU School of Professional Studies and have been out of school for one academic year are required to reapply. Anyone enrolled less than a year ago must complete the online application and Admissions will reactivate their term.

Students eligible for readmission are those who have:

  • Previously attended the Paul McGhee Division
  • Not been enrolled in McGhee for one or more academic years
  • Maintained a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Completed at least 50 percent of the credits attempted at McGhee
  • Meet all other stated requirements of the undergraduate academic policies and guidelines

For more information including admissions criteria, please see Readmission to McGhee.

Because the Office of Admissions operates on a rolling admissions basis, applications are reviewed throughout the year, so you may apply at any time. However, we recommend adhering to the application submission dates listed below. This will allow you to begin your studies during the term in which you applied.

Recommended McGhee Application Submission Dates

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
International Early Decision: Feb 1 International Early Decision: Aug 15 International Early Decision: Jan 15
International Final Date: April 15 International Final Date: Oct 1 International Final Date: Mar 1
Domestic Early Decision: Jul 1 Domestic Early Decision: Nov 1
Domestic Early Decision: Apr 1
Domestic Final Date: Aug 15 Domestic Final Date: Jan 15
Domestic Final Date: May 1

The Admissions Committee reviews each application holistically, as we acknowledge and respect that each individual demonstrates qualifications in a unique way. The admission process is selective, and McGhee applicants are evaluated on their ability to benefit from, and contribute to, the robust learning environment that the Division offers.

The Admissions Committee welcomes applicants who are at different stages in their personal lives and professional careers, and who demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Motivation to learn and to succeed in a university environment
  • Self-direction in setting goals and meeting deadlines
  • Maturity, responsibility, and focus
  • Intellectual curiosity about the world in which we live
  • Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing

For more information on the admissions process and application requirements, please visit the Apply to McGhee section of the website.

If the program already is filled for the term of your choice when your application is received, or if your application is incomplete, an admissions counselor will be in contact with you and will offer to either move your application to the next available term or to withdraw your application from review. An applicant is never denied admission if the application is received late or if the program has filled. If the individual qualifies for admission, he/she will be accommodated during the next semester the program runs.

Recommendations can come from academic or professional sources. The Office of Admissions does not accept recommendations from friends or family members. We encourage you to share some information with your recommendation providers about the McGhee experience, so that they can tailor their recommendation appropriately.

To obtain and activate your NetID, visit If you encounter difficulty in activating your NetID, contact the Help Desk for technical assistance at or (212) 998-3333.

Return to the application portal where you received your decision. You will see a link to complete your Candidate’s Response Form indicating your intent to enroll.

You will then be contacted by your academic advisor regarding registering for courses.

You may defer your acceptance for up to one year. Please complete the online Candidate Response Form indicating your intent to defer your acceptance. Then send an Email to to request your deferral. Be sure to include the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your Student ID (N Number)
  • Program of study
  • Semester to which you would like to defer