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Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies Admissions Criteria

Application Details

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

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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:

  • $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)
  • 4 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.

International Students

International applicants greatly enrich our community and are encouraged to apply. Additional criteria for international students include:

Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials

Each international transcript must be evaluated for equivalency to the US educational system for admission and transfer credit purposes. Evaluations are acceptable only from evaluation services recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Please request a course-by-course evaluation.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score

Submission of TOEFL scores is not required.  If you wish to submit your score, the following is recommended.

  • Minimum scores are 110 on the Internet-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 600 on the paper-based test.
  • IELTS can be submitted in place of the TOEFL; the recommended minimum score is a 7.0.

Pearson Versant English Placement Test

All international applicants are required to participate in the Pearson Versant English Placement Test (VEPT), a 50-minute on-line test that evaluates English language proficieny. The Office of Admissions will evaluate your performance on the VEPT to determine your English proficiency. International applicants must have submitted an application in order to register for the VEPT. There is no fee for this test.

Based upon your performance on the VEPT, one of three possible outcomes will occur:

  • You will satisfy the NYU School of Professional Studies English proficiency level requirement and will qualify to register for full-time degree study.
  • You will be conditionally admitted and you will be permitted to enroll in part-time degree course work as you complete the required English language support courses.
  • You will not meet the minimum test scores or the School's other admissions criteria and you will be required to reapply at a later date.

Please review the VEPT Test Procedures for information on how to register for the test.

Please review the translated VEPT descriptions:

  • Thai
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • Please Note: The NYU School of Professional Studies reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or English language assessment conducted by ALI from a US citizen or permanent resident if their primary language is not English.