Below are the application requirements for admission. Please note that there is no single most important element. Take care to highlight your achievements and interests both in and out of the classroom, and be sure to give the Admissions Committee a clear understanding of why you are a great fit for NYU Shanghai.
Apply to NYU Shanghai by submitting the following:
- The Common Application form
- Results from standardized tests and/or national exams
- 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)
- 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 (must be submitted by March 1)
- The Common Application Final Report with final transcript, showing proof of graduation by July 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.
All documents submitted for review must be originals or copies certified by authorized persons. A certified copy is one that bears either the original signature of the school’s registrar or of another designated school official or an original impression of the institution's seal. If any official documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by an official English translation, either issued by a school official or by a translation agency that is accredited in the country of the educational institution. Exceptions will only be made for documents in Chinese.
Holistic Review Process
Applications to NYU Shanghai are evaluated on a wide range of criteria and considered through a holistic review process. NYU Shanghai does not utilize minimum test scores or GPA cutoffs. The Admissions Committee considers all aspects of a student’s academic record and application. Leadership positions, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and other hobbies and interests are all important and compelling aspects of a student’s application that are not reflected in grades and test scores alone. Students should consider their applications as a way to introduce themselves to the Admissions Committee and should marshal their most compelling case for admissions accordingly. Highly admissible applicants may be invited to participate in both informative and evaluative interviews to help the admissions committee better understand interest and qualifications of the applicant. Participation in interviews is by invitation only, and does not signify an offer of admission.