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Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies Admissions FAQs-Application Process

The NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies provides three pathways for completing an undergraduate degree: the Access Program for graduating high school seniors, Associate’s Degrees and Bachelor’s Degrees. Each degree option has distinct application requirements.

Bachelors Degrees: All candidates who hold an Associate’s degree or have completed the equivalent of 60 transferrable credits from an accredited college or university are invited to apply to our Bachelor’s degrees. For more information about required application components, please visit the Admissions Criteria. Applicants who already have obtained a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply for enrollment in a degree program within the NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies Division.

Associates Degrees: All candidates who hold a high school diploma and are 19 years of age or older and have a gap year of at least one year between high school graduation and their pursuit of an undergraduate degree. For more information about required application components, please visit the Admissions Criteria. International applicants to our Associate’s and Bachelor’s programs are also required to participate in the NYUSPS English Language Assessment. Participation in this on-line assessment will determine an applicant’s English language proficiency. For more information about the English Language Assessment, please visit the Admissions Criteria.

Access Program: All candidates who will have a high school diploma from a school in the metropolitan NYC area earned in the May/June of the year before the Fall program start. For more information about required application components, please visit the Admissions Criteria.

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 an NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies degree program application. For additional details, please visit Admissions Criteria.

 

Bachelors degrees:

  • $0 application fee
  • Application form
  • Associates degree or equivalent of 60 transferable college credits required - recommended minimum 3.3 (B+) GPA
  • Résumé *
  • 2 Letters of recommendation (1 required)
  • Personal statement **
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended ***

Applications will be reviewed for evidence of:

  • Academic preparedness suggestive of success at the baccalaureate level
  • Rationale for desire to pursue selected academic subject of study
  • Personal attributes that predict readiness for advanced college-level work (e.g., motivation to learn, time management, personal responsibility, maturity)
  • Self-reflection on work or life experiences that shape one’s educational and career goals
  • Leadership skill or potential demonstrated through community service, volunteer positions or other activities

 

Associates Degrees:

  • $0 application fee
  • Application form
  • Typically, students are 19 years of age or older and have a gap of at least one year between high school graduation and their pursuit of an undergraduate degree
  • GED or high school diploma required - recommended minimum 2.7 (B-) GPA
  • Résumé *
  • 1 Letter of recommendation (recommended, but not required)
  • 4 short-answer essays
  • Official transcripts from all high school and colleges attended ***

Applications will be reviewed for evidence of:

  • Academic preparedness suggestive of success at the associate’s level
  • Personal attributes that predict readiness for college-level work (e.g., motivation to learn, time management, personal responsibility, maturity)
  • Self-reflection on reasons for pursuing a college degree and how the degree will advance one’s personal or career goals

 

Access Program:

  • $0 application fee
  • Application form
  • Unofficial transcript that indicates expected conferral of high school diploma from school in metropolitan NYC area earned in May/June of year before Fall program start
           ○ Recommended minimum 2.0 (C) GPA
  • Three references (1 must be a teacher, 1 must be a school counselor)
  • 3 short answer essays

Applications will be reviewed for evidence of:

  • Academic promise and potential
  • Motivation to learn and succeed in a university environment
  • Desire to take active role and responsibility in their own education
  • Commitment to hard work and realization of goals
  • Self-assessment of areas of growth that the student wants to work on during the Access program to increase readiness for college
  • Interest in being part of and contributing to learning community

 

* Résumé
Reviewing your résumé allows the Admissions Committee to better understand how the professional, personal, extra curricular, and volunteer experiences in which you have participated have shaped you as a person and as a prospective student. The accomplishments and responsibilities highlighted in your résumé also serve as an invaluable demonstration of your motivation, maturity, and focus.

** Personal Statement
The personal statement provides you with the opportunity to communicate your particular strengths and your level of intellectual capacity. It helps the Admissions Committee to gain a better understanding of you as a person and as a prospective student. It provides evidence of achievement that may not be reflected in other parts of your application and it presents the professional and life events that have influenced your academic trajectory, professional work, and/or your decision to return to school. It can be particularly helpful to us in making an admissions decision if you are a transfer student who has no previous work experience.

*** Official Transcripts
If you have previously studied at the college level, we require an official transcript from each college or university that you have attended. In the case of the Associate’s Degrees, transcripts for all high schools and colleges or universities attended are required. The Office of Admissions can review your application if you provide unofficial copies of your transcripts. However, if you are admitted, you must submit all official documents within your first semester of study. A transcript is considered "official" only when received by the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope. If you are admitted you may also be required to submit an official high school transcript. In the case of an Access applicant, a transcript is considered "official" only when received by the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope and indicates the date the high school diploma was earned. For applicants to the Baccalaureate programs, a transcript is considered "official" only when received by the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope and indicates the date the Associates degree was earned.

Bachelors and Associates Degrees: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. Additionally, application status emails are sent to the applicant as application materials are received.

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 (college/university, high school or GED) 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
Email:  nyusps.AdmissionsDocs@nyu.edu

The recommendation provider can upload their recommendation using the online application system. Once you include your recommender’s name and email address in the recommendation section of the online application system, your recommender will receive a secure link that will allow the recommender to submit an online reference. Using the online recommendation form will expedite the application process.

Alternatively, the recommender can send official letters of recommendation to the Office of Admissions by mail, fax or email.

The NYU School of Professional Studies Office of Admissions
7 East 12th Street, Suite 921
New York, NY 10003
Fax: 212-995-4674
Email: nyusps.admissionsdocs@nyu.edu

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

However, international applicants to our Associate’s and Bachelor’s programs are required to participate in the NYUSPS English Language Assessment. Participation in this on-line assessment will determine an applicant’s English language proficiency. For more information about the English Language Assessment, please visit the Admissions Criteria.

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. Applicants to our post-baccalaureate programs are allowed to take a maximum of 12-credits of coursework in any of our Bachelor’s degrees.  A degree will not be granted for coursework completed as a post-baccalaureate student.

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 enrolled in a Bachelors degree at the NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies
  • Not been enrolled in NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies for one or more academic years
  • Maintained a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Completed at least 50 percent of the credits attempted at NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies
  • Meet all other stated requirements of the undergraduate academic policies and guidelines

For more information including admissions criteria, please see Readmission to NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies.

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 Bachelors and Associates 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

Recommended Access Application Submission Dates

Applications for the Access Program are only accepted for the Fall term.
Priority Deadline: March 1
Final Deadline: August 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 applicants are evaluated on their ability to benefit from, and contribute to, the robust learning environment that the school 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 Admissions Criteria

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 NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies experience, so that they can tailor their recommendation appropriately.

You will need your student ID number, included in your acceptance letter, in order to access your NetID.  To obtain and activate your NetID, visit start.nyu.edu. If you encounter difficulty in activating your NetID, contact the Help Desk for technical assistance at AskITS@nyu.edu 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 course registration.

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 sps.deferral@nyu.edu 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