Entry Requirements

Standardized Tests

Please note: In recognition of continued challenges applicants have with standardized testing during COVID-19, NYU is extending its test-optional policy to students applying to the Class of 2026. 

NYU still welcomes those applying to submit standardized test scores as a supplemental way to demonstrate academic accomplishments, and support your application for admission, but it will not be required.

Results from scholastic exams are an important criteria for evaluating our global pool of applicants. With that said, NYU has one of the most flexible testing policies of any college or university. Review our testing policy for all campuses of NYU.

You only have to submit official results from one of the following:

Exam scores should be submitted as follows:

  • SAT, SAT Subjects, AP, or TOEFL scores submitted through the testing agency using NYU's school code: 2562
  • ACT scores submitted through the testing agency using NYU's school code: 2838
  • Predicted or final IB, A-level, or national exam results submitted by a school official through the Common Application or sent to admissions.docs@nyu.edu from a school email address (with final results submitted by the examining board when possible)

English Language Testing

Results from English language testing are required for students whose native language is not English (unless they have been in a school where English is the sole language of instruction for three years prior to applying). If you are required to submit an English Language test for admission to NYU Abu Dhabi and find that the cost of the test would be a financial burden, please email nyuad.admissions@nyu.edu. We may be able to assist with the cost of the test for students who have already submitted an application.

Please review NYU's English Language Testing Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers before applying to ensure that you have completed the required testing by the application deadline.

Required School Forms

Please note: The school officials you identify do not need to wait for you to submit your application before they submit supporting materials, but universities will not be able to access their forms until you have submitted your application.

Required Forms Important Notes
Common Application School Report Your counselor or school representative will need to submit the Common Application Mid-Year Report with an updated transcript by March 1. This should show your first semester/term grades from your final year. Be sure to have the school representative's contact information available when you complete the Common Application.
Counselor Recommendation Your counselor will also need to submit a recommendation letter on your behalf. If you do not have a school counselor, this can be completed by a principal, vice principal, or second teacher.
Teacher Evaluation One teacher or instructor evaluation is required. You should have their contact information available when you complete the Common Application.

Application Essays

Within the Common Application, you will encounter two required essays: a Personal Statement that will go to all schools you apply to through the Common Application, and an NYU-specific essay about your interest in this university. These essays are an important part of our evaluation and will help us get to know you and your fit with the university.

Optional Arts Portfolio

Students who wish to highlight their talent in the fine or performing arts — visual art, music, theater, film, and new media — may submit an Arts Portfolio. This is a way for students intending to participate in the NYU Abu Dhabi arts community to highlight their artistic and creative talents for the admission process.