How do I apply to NYU Shanghai?
If you are a Chinese citizen (including Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan), regardless of where you currently live or where you attended high school, click here for more information on the Chinese admissions process.
All non-Chinese applicants to NYU Shanghai will follow the international admissions process outlined below.
All international applicants must be non-Chinese citizens and possess a valid foreign passport (or be eligible to apply for one).
In addition, if an applicant has acquired foreign citizenship at birth and one or both of the applicant’s parents hold Chinese citizenship (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), the applicant must (i) have held a valid foreign passport or certificate of nationality for at least four years upon application to NYU Shanghai; and (ii) during the most recent four years (up to April 30 of the year of enrollment at NYU Shanghai) have lived outside of Mainland China/Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan for at least two years (subject to the entry and exit record, if a student has stayed outside of Mainland China/Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan for nine months or longer period during one year, it is equivalent to one year).
If an applicant was a resident of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan and has acquired foreign citizenship through an immigration process, the applicant must (i) have held a valid foreign passport or certificate of nationality for at least four years upon application to NYU Shanghai and can provide documentation of cancellation/rescission of his/her Chinese citizenship; and (ii) during the most recent four years (up to April 30 of the year of enrollment at NYU Shanghai) have lived outside of Mainland China/Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan for at least two years (subject to the entry and exit record, if a student has stayed outside of Mainland China/Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan for nine months or longer period during one year, it is equivalent to one year).
If you are uncertain about your nationality, contact the National Immigration Administration to verify relevant information. For all other questions regarding eligibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Start and Complete the Common Application Online
The Common Application is required for students applying to any or all of NYU's three degree-granting campuses in Shanghai, New York, or Abu Dhabi. You'll be able to choose your campus(es) and program(s) of interest on the NYU Questions page of the Common Application. If NYU Shanghai is your first choice, select Shanghai as your Primary campus of interest. If Shanghai is your second or third choice, please select it as an alternate campus of interest.
Contact information for the counselor or other school representative who will complete your Common Application School Report and submit your official high school transcript.
Contact information for one teacher (or two, maximum) who will complete the Teacher Evaluation form.
Are you ready? Start the application now.
Step 2: Gather and Submit Necessary Documents
You will need to provide the following:
Results from standardized tests and/or national exams (read important updates in light of COVID-19)
The SAT Reasoning Test (essay test not required); or
The ACT (writing test not required); or
Three SAT Subject Test scores (one in literature or humanities, one in math or science, and one of your choosing); or
Three AP exam scores (one in literature or humanities, one in math or science, and one of your choosing); or
The International Baccalaureate Diploma; or
Three IB higher-level exam scores (if you are not an IB Diploma candidate); or
Results from a nationally accredited exam that is considered locally to signify the completion of secondary education, is administered independently of the student’s school, and has been approved by the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions (the most up-to-date list of accepted examinations can be found here)
Results from English language testing are required for students whose native language is not English (unless they have been in a school where English is the sole language of instruction for 3 years prior to applying). Please review NYU's English Language Testing Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers before applying to ensure that you have completed the required testing by the application deadline.
The Common Application School Report and official high school transcript
One teacher evaluation (students may submit an optional second teacher evaluation, but please submit no more than two)
The Common Application Mid-Year Report (This should show your first semester senior year grades. Have your counselor submit the report by March 1 through the Common Application.)
The Common Application Final Report with final transcript, showing proof of graduation by August 1 (admitted students only)
Please note that for the SAT, SAT Subject Test, AP, and TOEFL, the NYU code is 2562; for the ACT, the NYU code is 2838.
SAT, SAT Subject, ACT, and AP scores must be final at the time of application. For other examinations, like IB or A-Levels, predicted results may be submitted at the time of application by a school official if final results are not yet available. Students who submit predicted results will need to submit final scores as soon as they become available. For a comprehensive list of standardized tests that can be submitted to fulfill the application requirements visit NYU Standardized Testing Policy.
When should I apply?
Follow the key dates and deadlines below. Learn more about early decision.
- Early Decision I - November 1
- Early Decision II - January 1
- Regular Decision - January 5
*The cut-off time for applications is 11:59 p.m EST.
Submit original or certified copies only. A certified copy has an original signature of the registrar or other designated school official, or the institution's seal. Include an official English translation if the document isn't in English. A school official or a translation agency accredited in the country of the educational institution can issue the translation. NYU will only make exceptions for documents in Mandarin Chinese submitted to NYU Shanghai.
Transcripts and test scores must come from an official source to be processed.
Documents not submitted through the Common Application can be mailed to:
New York University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
383 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
Or sent via email to: email@example.com
Remember To ...
Use your name exactly as it appears on your passport or birth certificate on your application and supporting documents.