Undergraduate Admissions (2022)

NYU's final application deadlines to begin as a first year student for the 2022-2023 school year are November 1 (Early Decision I), January 1 (Early Decision II), and January 5 (Regular Decision).

Admission to the Tisch School of the Arts is a highly selective process. Applicants are held to rigorous academic and artistic standards, and evaluated through a two-part admissions process, which includes submitting both the Common Application and an artistic review. As Tisch is a community of storytellers, consider both parts as an opportunity to share your story — we want to know who you are, and what you care about; what you've done, and what you intend to achieve.

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Application Process

You can apply to the Tisch School of the Arts by using the Common Application, answering NYU-specific questions and submitting additional required materials. Learn more about the requirements and deadlines through NYU Undergraduate Admissions or by selecting one of the following:

Applicants to programs which require an audition or creative portfolio are not required to submit standardized testing for consideration, and doing so is entirely optional.

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Artistic Review

Below are details regarding each department and their artistic requirements,which we collectively refer to as the artistic review. Each artistic review is designed to gauge whether or not an applicant is going to be a good fit for the program and within the overall artistic community at Tisch.

Before reviewing the artistic requirements, here is some important general information regarding the artistic review.

Artistic Review Deadlines

Be sure to submit your Common Application in advance of our deadlines, noting the following:

  • For all programs using Slideroom (Cinema Studies, Film & Television, Photograph & Imaging, Recorded Music), in order to submit your creative portfolio via SlideRoom, your Common Application must first be submitted.
  • For all other programs (Collaborative Arts, Dance, Drama, Dramatic Writing, Game Design, IMA, Performance Studies) you will receive an email from NYU a few days after you submit the Common App containing a personalized link to the Artistic Review portal, where you can submit all artistic materials and/or schedule an audition.

Applicants toCinema Studies, Film & Television, Photograph & Imaging, and Recorded Music must integrate their Common Application and SlideRoom accounts. Furthermore, you cannot submit your SlideRoom unless you have already submitted your Common App. Learn how below.

  • As you answer the NYU-Specific questions, under “Academics,” you should select the Tisch School of the Arts and the program to which you wish to apply.
  • If you select any program which requires an artistic review, you will then be prompted with the following question: Applicants to the artistic programs at NYU, including the one which you indicated above, are required to audition or submit a creative portfolio. You can begin the process by linking your Common Application with SlideRoom. Select 'Yes' to link your Common Application to SlideRoom.
  • Select 'Yes,' and continue, completing the Academics section.
  • Once you save and continue to the next section, you will see an additional Portfolio section under the NYU sidebar.
  • Once you reach the Portfolio section, you can create your SlideRoom by selecting “New York University Portfolio Site.”

Technical Support

Students should either visit the Common Application Applicant Solutions Center or email SlideRoom at support@slideroom.com. For technical issues with the NYU Artistic Review Portal, please contact admissions@nyu.edu.

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Institute of Performing Arts

Intense professional training in acting, dance, musical theatre, directing and theatrical production is offered in the Institute of Performing Arts. Additionally, the Department of Performance Studies provides an innovative approach to the study of the history, theory, and practice of human performance.

Dance (BFA)

Tisch Dance seeks to develop and prepare fully realized dance artists to be critical thinkers, fearless leaders, and fluent performers, emphasizing the techniques of ballet and contemporary dance, with equal emphasis on performance and choreography.

  • Please see here for artistic requirements.
  • A couple of days after you submit the Common App, you will receive an email from NYU with a personalized link to the Dance Artistic Review portal.
  • Questions? Call Tisch Dance at (212) 998-1980.

Drama (BFA)

Tisch Drama is dedicated to giving you the artistic and intellectual know-how for a successful life in the performing arts, exposing students to different approaches to acting, musical theatre, production, design, theatrical management, and directing. We train thinking artists who have the skills to ask questions, find answers, tell stories and engage — creatively, intellectually, and professionally.

  • Please seeherefor artistic requirements.
  • A couple of days after you submit the Common App, you will receive an email from NYU with a personalized link to the Drama Artistic Review portal.
  • Questions? Call Tisch Drama at (212) 998-1850.

Performance Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

Performance Studies uses performance as a lens to study the world. Interdisciplinary, Performance Studies draws from theories of the performing arts, anthropology and sociology, literary theory, and legal studies.

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  • Creative Portfolio Requirements
  • Students interested in studying either acting and musical theatre should apply for the BFA in Drama.

Collaborative Arts

Collaborative Arts is an innovative new degree program at Tisch where students get hands-on training in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Our students acquire foundational knowledge in acting, dance, filmmaking, design, creative research, emerging media, and dramatic writing.

Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

Tisch’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television is internationally recognized as a leader in cinema and media studies, film and television production, and writing for film, television and the stage.

Cinema Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

Devoted to film and television history, theory, and analysis of the moving image, with alumni working in museum film departments, archives, as journalists, and even in the industry itself.

  • Creative Portfolio Requirements
  • SlideRoom
  • Students interested in studying film and television production should apply for the BFA in Undergraduate Film & Television.

Dramatic Writing (BFA)

Tisch’s Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing cross-trains students in all areas of dramatic writing with concentrations in writing for film and television, as well as playwriting.

  • Creative Portfolio Requirements

Young artists will be mentored in the traditions and innovations of an evolving media landscape that is deeply rooted in visual storytelling. Working collaboratively, faculty, staff and students create more than 5,000 films each year.

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Emerging Media

Emerging Media students discover new ways to communicate as an everyday part of life, and an extension of their creative voice.

Game Design (BFA)

Dedicated to the exploration of games as a cultural form and game design as creative practice, the NYU Game Center is training the next generation of game designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and critics, to advance the field of games by creating a context for advanced scholarship and groundbreaking work.

Interactive Media Arts (BFA)

IMA provides students with an opportunity to study the intersection of technology and human interaction, learning forms of digital interactivity, alongside an education in both the arts and liberal arts.

  • An artistic review is required. Students need to submit creative materials to supplement the Common App. After submitting your online application, you will receive an email from NYU with a personalized link to the artistic review portal. Please upload your materials as soon as you receive the link so your application is complete and ready for review.
  • Standardized testing is now optional for students applying to IMA. Learn more about NYU’s standardized testing policy,here.
  • Learn more about the Creative Materials submission requirements.

Centered on the making and understanding of images, Photography & Imaging offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum while demanding a broad grounding in the liberal arts. Students will embrace multiple perspectives, with majors working in virtually all modes of analog and digital photo-based image making and multimedia.

Recorded Music (BFA)

Considered the first and only program of its kind, the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music provides professional business and artistic training toward, aiming to provide students with the necessary skills — business, creative, and intellectual — needed to emerge as visionary creative entrepreneurs in the evolving music industry.

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FAQs

What is meant by undergraduate admissions? ›

An undergraduate is a college or university student who's not a graduate student. After high school, you can become an undergraduate. Undergraduates are students of universities and colleges: they've graduated from high school and have been accepted to college, but they haven't graduated yet.

What is an undergraduate at university? ›

You're an undergraduate student if you are studying for your first degree - usually a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc).

What type of student is an undergraduate? ›

Undergraduates are students who are enrolled in an introductory university degree or course, such as foundation studies, a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Bachelor degree.

What is an undergraduate age? ›

While the average age of starting university is 18, everyone from 18 years old to 50 years and sometimes older can and will study at university. Students of the open university may also be older.

What makes a student an undergraduate? ›

An undergraduate student in the United States is seeking one of two higher education degrees—an associate degree or a bachelor's degree.

What is the difference between undergraduate and graduate admissions? ›

Admission requirements

Undergraduate programs require a high school diploma, while graduate ones require a bachelor's degree. The requirements are pretty different for standardized testing as well. For example, you usually need a test to get into an undergraduate program.

Is undergraduate a college or university? ›

"University" refers to larger institutions offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. "College" refers to community colleges, technical schools, and liberal arts colleges.

Does undergraduate mean Bachelor? ›

A bachelor's degree is often referred to as an undergraduate degree—but it's not the only degree under the undergraduate umbrella. An associate degree, often called a “2-year degree,” requires half as many credits and takes much less time to complete than a bachelor's degree, but it is also an undergraduate degree.

Is undergraduate better than graduate? ›

Some of the most important ones are: Undergraduate programs are more general in nature. They include general education courses in a wide variety of subjects that are not part of graduate education. Graduate programs are highly specialized and much more advanced than undergraduate programs.

How long is undergraduate degree? ›

A bachelor's degree typically takes four years to complete, but that time can vary – especially if you're earning an online bachelor's degree.

What's the difference between student and undergraduate? ›

What does undergraduate mean? An undergraduate is “a student in a university or college who has not received a first, especially a bachelor's, degree.” For example, a college student might say I'm an undergraduate at the University of Texas if they were pursuing a bachelor's degree there.

Is undergraduate and college same? ›

It typically includes all postsecondary programs up to the level of a bachelor's degree. For example, in the United States, an entry-level university student is known as an undergraduate, while students of higher degrees are known as graduate students.

Is a 2 year an undergraduate? ›

Yes, the associate's degree can be completed within one year. What is 2-year college degree? The 2-year degree courses are generally Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate programmes. These concentrate on a particular skill and enable students to master them.

Is undergraduate the first 4 years? ›

Undergraduate degrees are typically earned within the first 4 years of college. There are many different names for these degrees in addition to just associate's degree and bachelor's degree.

What are undergraduate years called? ›

Student classification refers to the familiar names for the four undergraduate years: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Your classification is not determined by the number of years of college coursework you have taken but by the number of semester hours you have earned.

What's an undergraduate meaning? ›

Definition of undergraduate

: a student at a college or university who has not received a first and especially a bachelor's degree.

Is a masters student an undergraduate? ›

The term 'undergraduate' refers to first-degree students studying for a Bachelors degree, while 'postgraduate' is used to describe graduate students studying a second-cycle qualification, typically a Masters, postgraduate certificate (PGCert) or diploma (PGDip).

Is it harder to get into undergraduate or graduate school? ›

It should go without saying that graduate school is more competitive than college, but we'll say it anyway – it's a lot more competitive. While there are a lot fewer people applying to graduate school than to college, there are also a lot fewer graduate programs than bachelor's programs.

Do you have to get an undergraduate before graduate? ›

Although it is true that most universities expect graduate school applicants to already have a bachelor's, there still are some universities that consider other experience, like work experience, instead of an undergraduate degree.

Is undergraduate a student? ›

An undergraduate is a student at a university or college who is studying for his or her first degree. ...

What means graduate and undergraduate? ›

A graduate program is a 1-6-year college master's degree program, for someone who already has a bachelor's degree. An undergraduate program is a 4-year college bachelor's degree program, or a 2-year associate's degree program.

Is diploma an undergraduate? ›

An advanced diploma is an undergraduate degree that prepares students to enter into a specific career or further study in an advanced degree, like a Master of Arts.

What level is undergraduate degree? ›

What is an undergraduate degree? An undergraduate degree is completed at university, usually after sixth form. It spans from educational Levels 4-6.

What's the difference between bachelor and undergraduate? ›

The first studies undertaken at university are generally referred to as undergraduate studies, designed to introduce students to the knowledge base within a specific discipline. A Bachelor's degree is the name of an award given to students upon completion of their undergraduate studies.

What is higher than undergraduate degree? ›

A master's degree is a graduate-level degree that one can pursue after earning an undergraduate-level degree such as a bachelor's degree. People who have earned a master's degree are usually understood to have a solid understanding of their area of study or professional practice.

What is higher than an undergraduate? ›

Once you've completed your bachelor's degree, you're eligible to enroll in a master's degree program to earn what is referred to as a graduate degree.

Does it matter what undergraduate degree you get? ›

Does your undergraduate degree really matter after you graduate? For the first five years or so, it will matter what you did as an undergraduate—GPA, leadership roles in organizations, and one's major will be of interest to employers.

What is a 2 year degree called? ›

An associate degree is a two-year degree typically offered at community colleges, technical colleges, and career colleges. However, some four-year universities offer them as well. Examples of some associate degrees include Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS).

What do you get after undergraduate? ›

Postgraduate/postgrad

A postgraduate award is for students who already have an undergraduate degree. It is often referred to as “grad school” or a “postgrad course”. Postgrad courses allow students to further knowledge gained in their undergrad course by more advanced studies.

What are the 4 types of degrees? ›

College degrees generally fall into four categories: associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral. Each college degree level varies in length, requirements, and outcomes. Each college degree aligns with students' different personal interests and professional goals.

Is undergraduate a course? ›

A student who is pursuing a degree after high school, at the first level of higher education at a college or university is an undergraduate student. Undergraduate students are typically those working to earn a bachelor's degree, an associate's degree.

What do you call a college undergraduate? ›

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science are two common degrees. Students pursuing an undergraduate degree (also called a bachelor's degree) are called undergraduate students.

What is a 2 year degree called a 4 year degree? ›

Even though a master's degree is more rigorous than a bachelor's degree, it typically only takes two years to complete, compared to the four years required to complete a bachelor's degree.

Is an undergraduate degree 2 or 4 years? ›

Following high school, students can choose to study a bachelor's (or “undergraduate”) degree at a college or university. Find a bachelor's degree. Bachelor's degrees in the USA typically take 4 years to complete. The first 2 years include common required courses, such as math, history, literature, and communications.

What is a 4 year degree called? ›

Bachelor's degrees can be earned at four-year institutions and a small number of community colleges that have added baccalaureate programs in recent years. Schools offer Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) and other specialty designations.

What is another word for undergraduate? ›

freshman
  • beginner.
  • frosh.
  • greenhorn.
  • novice.
  • rookie.
  • underclassman.
  • undergrad.
  • undergraduate.

Is undergraduate same as first year? ›

The first degree you study towards at university is called an undergraduate qualification eg, bachelor's degrees, certificates, and diplomas. An undergraduate student is someone who is studying for their first degree, certificate, or diploma after secondary school.

What is undergraduate example? ›

What does undergraduate mean? An undergraduate is “a student in a university or college who has not received a first, especially a bachelor's, degree.” For example, a college student might say I'm an undergraduate at the University of Texas if they were pursuing a bachelor's degree there.

What is the difference between college and undergraduate? ›

A two-year college offers an associate's degree, as well as certificates. A four-year college or university offers a bachelor's degree. Programs that offer these degrees are called "undergraduate" schools.

Is undergraduate same as university? ›

An institution offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees is considered a university. Technically, universities offer undergraduate degrees that will lead a student towards a master's degree or a doctorate.

Are all college students undergraduate? ›

School Type

As this data shows, the majority of college students in the U.S. are undergraduates. Only about 15% of postsecondary students are pursuing a graduate degree.

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