Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning in April each year. We welcome nominations at the start of a student's final year of secondary school or at the end of the preceding year. Nominations should be submitted no later than one month prior to the corresponding application deadline.
|Decision||Nomination Deadline||Application Deadline|
|Early Decision l||October 1||November 1|
|Early Decision ll
||December 1||January 1|
|Regular Decision||December 1||January 1|
You are free to nominate any student you choose — but remember that the key element of a nomination is your belief that the student is a very strong fit for NYU Abu Dhabi. An ideal nominee would demonstrate high academic achievement, a commitment to the school and/or local community, proven leadership skills, and an ability to thrive in a rigorous, multicultural academic and personal environment.
Yes, but remember that the purpose of the nomination process is to identify exceptional students. Any student you nominate should be considered a very strong fit for the campus and community environment of NYU Abu Dhabi.
No. A nominee will still need to submit an application for admission to NYU Abu Dhabi via the Common Application.
No. Invitation to Candidate Weekend is highly selective and only the very strongest applicants — nominated or otherwise — will be asked to participate.
No. As with Candidate Weekend, gaining admission to NYU Abu Dhabi is highly competitive. Even if a student is nominated, they must still be invited to Candidate Weekend to be eligible for admission.
Yes! All applicants receive a thorough review of their credentials and achievements, and a student who is not nominated can still be invited to Candidate Weekend and/or offered admission.
You will receive an auto-generated email confirming your nomination submission, and the relevant documents (Transcript, Recommendation, School Profile) will be uploaded to the nominee’s file. You will also be copied on an email to your nominee informing them that they have been nominated and asking them to submit the writing assignment. Please make sure to remind your nominee to submit the writing assignment, as a nomination is not complete without it! Once the writing assignment has been submitted, it will take at least 24 hours for a confirmation email to be sent to the nominee.
“Write a formal, academic essay in which you imagine that you are in a position of leadership in your country or your local community (note that while many leaders who effect change are politicians, they can also be scholars, activists, scientists, artists, etc.). Choose an issue about which you, as this leader, feel passionately and describe it in detail, giving your informed reader a sense of the arguments and counterarguments associated with the issue. Tell us where you stand and why, using description and analysis of real-world evidence as well as your unique perspective as an influential member of your community. Hypothetically, how would you address this issue and what would your community or country look like as a result of your actions? Please be as specific as possible and limit your response to 500-750 words.”