When to Apply Early Decision: NYU

by Bethany Goldszer | Last Updated: July 3, 2020

The college application season begins in early fall. For the majority of schools, application due dates can vary from October 15th to February 1. The Early Decision NYU due date, for example, is November 15. For other colleges, when your application will be due depends on the admissions cycle you select. 

Early Decision NYU

NYU has three types of admissions cycles: Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision. Which admissions cycle you choose depends on several factors:

  1. Selectivity: How competitive you are as a candidate?
  2. Emotional: How much does attending NYU mean to you?
  3. Financial: How much financial aid do you need to attend NYU?

I created a series of posts that discuss when to apply Early Decision for top colleges. I hope these posts help you decide which options are best for you. In this post, I discuss Early Decision for NYU.

What is Early Decision?

In general, the Early Decision applications are due on November 1 or November 15, for the majority of colleges. Early Decision is binding.“Binding” means that you, as the applicant, promises to attend the school if your application is accepted. You should not take this obligation lightly since schools honor one another’s binding commitments. If you go back on your early decision obligation to one school, as in our example of Early Decision NYU, you risk not being able to attend another competitive school like Columbia Unversity. You can request NYU for release from Early Decision for specific reasons such as the financial aid package offered not meeting your family’s financial needs. This way, you can attend a more affordable college.

Also, you can only apply to one Early Decision college at a time. If you are rejected (or deferred) in December, following a November deadline, you can apply to other colleges under other admissions cycles, such as Early Decision II, or regular decision, typically on January 15 for NYU.

How do I know if I should apply to NYU Early Decision?

If you are a strong student, then data shows that you have a higher chance of getting into NYU if you apply early than you do as a regular decision candidate. Remember that an Early Decision offer from NYU will be binding. You cannot apply to another school Early Decision. If you get admitted by Early Action to any other schools you’re excited about on your list, you will be expected to decline them. If you have applications out to Regular Decision schools, you will be expected to rescind these applications once you hear back from NYU. You have to be sure NYU is the college for you. Below are some questions to ask yourself before applying Early Decision. 

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Answer Key:

If you scored at least 4, then you should apply to NYU Early Decision.

If you scored less than 4, you should continue your college search to find a school that you can apply Early Decision to. Or consider other admissions cycles, like Early Action or Regular Decision to keep your options open.

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Bethany Goldszer is top college admissions and financial aid expert. She's been featured in HuffPost, USA Today, Newsday, Queens Gazette, and Official Black Wall Street & voted Best of Long Island. Faced with the overwhelming stress of applying, getting admitted to and financing her University of Chicago education, she started Stand Out College Prep LLC in 2012 so that no student or parent would have to go through this process alone. Over the last 15 years, Bethany has worked with over 1,500 students, helping them and their parents get into their top choice colleges and secure more than $20M in financial aid and scholarships. And each year, she continues to help more students stand out in the college admissions process and their parents navigate financial aid and scholarships.