How to Apply

All non-Chinese students applying to NYU Shanghai are considered international students, and follow the same application process as students applying to our New York or Abu Dhabi campuses.  If you are a Chinese citizen, you must take the Gaokao for admission, regardless of where you currently live. For international students, the application process outlined here is consistent with the application processes for US universities.

To apply, you must complete the Common Application. On the Common Application, you will need to select a decision plan (Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision), which determines when your applications for admission and financial aid are due as well as when you will be notified of an admissions decision. Regardless of the plan you choose, you will only be considered for one plan across all NYU campuses, programs, and schools during an annual application cycle.

Please also note that to apply directly to NYU Shanghai as your first choice, you will need to add NYU to your Common App Dashboard then select Shanghai as your Primary campus of interest on the NYU Questions page.  If Shanghai is your second or third choice campus, please select it as an alternate campus of interest on the Questions page.  These are the only ways to apply to NYU Shanghai; we do not have a separate Common Application.

Plan Application Deadline Financial Aid Deadline Decision Notification Date
Early Decision I November 1 November 15* December 15
Early Decision II January 1 January 15* February 15
Regular Decision January 1 February 15 April 1

*The FAFSA (NYU school code 002785) is required for federal financial aid and NYU scholarship consideration for all US citizens and permanent residents applying to our New York City campus and/or to NYU Shanghai. Early Decision admitted students who file the FAFSA by the stated deadline will receive a financial aid package that includes federal financial aid eligibility at the time of admission. Those Early Decision admitted students who file the FAFSA after the stated deadline will have their federal aid eligibility awarded upon receipt of the FAFSA. Use of the Data Retrieval Tool is preferred whenever possible.


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