Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies Admissions Criteria

Application Fee

There is no application fee for undergraduate admissions. 


We require transcripts from all high school(s) and colleges attended by the applicant.


Demonstrate what experiences you’ve had to date, so we can help you go further. Relevant knowledge in and passion for your chosen field of study will help to distinguish you as a prospective student.

Include any extracurricular activities—volunteer work, college prep, leadership roles, student clubs/government participation, part-time jobs or internships, and full-time work experience.

Personal Statement (Bachelor's)

Tell us about your academic and professional goals, and how NYUSPS is the right fit for you. Personal statements should be a minimum of 500 words. Your personal statement can be uploaded into the online application.

Four Short Essay Questions (Associate's)

Tell us what makes you the right fit for our learning community, and how you sense you will benefit from your chosen program of study. Be sure to answer the prompts given in the online application form. Each answer should be a minimum of 250 words.

GED or High School Diploma

Identifying what level of education you have completed to date will assist us in better understanding your academic accomplishments as we help you to plan your future.  


For DAUS bachelor's degree programs, at least one letter of recommendation from an academic or professional source is required however, two are suggested. These documents will tell us more about your academic potential, character, and professional experience from the people who know you best.

For DAUS associate's degree programs, at least one letter of recommendation from an academic or professional source is suggested.

If you share your recommender’s contact information in the online application, your recommender will be able to submit a letter online.

Guaranteed Admission Requirements

Without taking any additional action, eligible applicants are automatically accepted into select NYU SPS degree programs when they apply or transfer by the final deadline of the program. Learn more about Guaranteed Admission.

Additional Requirements for International Students

Pearson VEPT

The Pearson VEPT is an online English language proficiency exam. DAUS applicants who do not meet the minimum recommended scores outlined for TOEFL/IELTS are required to participate in the VEPT exam.

International Transcript Evaluation

Applicants who studied at an international institution may be required to submit an evaluation. Evaluations are an essential component of the application process because they determine how your academics are graded as compared to the US education system.

When requesting an evaluation, please request a “course-by-course evaluation.” All transcripts must be evaluated by a recognized foreign educational credential evaluation from the list below.

Applicants who have earned an associate's degree from a US institution are not required to submit an evaluation.

Bachelor's degree applicants who do not hold a U.S. associate degree are required to submit international high school transcript and a course-by-course transcript evaluation from one of our approved agencies.


Applicants who did not complete a high school diploma or Associate's degree at an institution where the medium of instruction is English are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores. The recommended TOEFL score is 100, and the recommended IELTS score is 7.0. 

NYU SPS Office of Admissions only accepts the TOEFL, TOEFL At Home, and IELTS academic tests from the past two years.