Early Decision

Our Philosophy and Process

New York University Abu Dhabi's Early Decision programs are binding agreements: if an applicant is offered admission and provided with a financial support package that enables the student to enroll, the student must withdraw any previously submitted applications and accept NYUAD's admission offer — roughly within 2-3 weeks of receiving an admission offer. Students are then restricted from filing any new applications as well.

We believe that part of our commitment to Early Decision applicants is to provide an "early" decision, and as a result, we either admit or deny Early Decision candidates. Please note that Early Decision students who are denied admission may not re-apply as Regular Decision applicants.

Students applying for Early Decision admission must follow the same procedures and submit all of the same materials as for Regular Decision.

Early Decision and Financial Support

NYUAD uses the same methodology in providing financial support for Early Decision candidates as we do in providing financial support for Regular Decision candidates. Students are not offered more or less financial support based on when they apply for admission.

For Early Decision candidates, we use information students share with us via the CSS Profile application, administered by the College Board, to provide admitted students with an estimated financial support package with their admissions decision. It is critical to submit the CSS Profile in a timely manner, as outlined above. Please keep in mind that you won’t be able to compare financial aid packages from other schools if you apply early decision. Do not feel pressure to apply early decision if finances are a concern.

Students will be released from the Early Decision agreement if their estimated financial support package does not enable them to attend.

Applicants to Multiple NYU Campuses

Each applicant must select Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision, which will apply to all New York University campuses, programs, and schools for which you wish to be considered. You cannot opt to apply Early Decision I for one NYU campus or program, and Early Decision II or Regular Decision for another. Early Decision I applicants who are not offered admission may not re-apply as Early Decision II or Regular Decision applicants in the same application cycle, whether to the same or a different campus or program.

You will be released from the binding Early Decision Agreement if you are offered admission to anything other than your primary campus, program, or school of interest.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Applying Early Decision

The biggest advantage to applying Early Decision is that if you are offered admission, your college search process can be completed early and thus, reduce a tremendous amount of anxiety over the college admission process.

However, it is important to be sure that you have all of your admissions related information available at the time you apply — academic transcripts, actual or predicted exam results (predicted results must be provided by your school), teacher evaluations, etc.

If you need more time to complete your application with these materials, we strongly suggest that you apply for Regular Decision or Early Decision II, which have a January 1 deadline. If you can complete your application by the Early Decision I deadline, November 1, and you are prepared to make a commitment to attend NYUAD if you are admitted, this may be a good option for you.

Many students want to know if it is “easier” to be admitted through our Early Decision process. The reality is that no, it is not “easier” to be admitted Early Decision, as the criteria we use to evaluate candidates for admission — academic transcript and class rank (if available), test scores, teacher evaluations, etc. — is the same during both the Early and Regular Decision processes. That said, given the relatively small size of our Early Decision applicant pool, we have been, in recent years, able to admit a larger percentage of our applicants during Early Decision.

Deadlines for Applying to NYU Abu Dhabi

  Application Deadline * Decision
Early Decision I November 1 December 15
Early Decision II January 1 February 15
Regular Decision January 1 April 1
NYU Abu Dhabi students talk in the campus library.