nyu_short_colorPage Updated: December 17, 2015

Location: New York, New York

Does your institution admit undocumented students?


Do you feel that your institution creates a welcoming and inclusive environment where undocumented students would feel wanted and valued on campus?


When completing the question on the application regarding citizenship, is there an option to select “non-citizen” or “Other (Non-US)” and if not, should they leave the question blank? Is a blank field permitted when completing an online application?

NYU is a Common App member institution and students may select the “Other (Non-US)” option for the citizenship field.

Do you recommend that undocumented students disclose their immigration status in the application, including essays or counselor/teacher recommendations?

Undocumented students are welcome to disclose their citizenship status when applying for admission. This provides the admissions committee with greater context about the student and the challenges he/she may have faced. Disclosing one’s status will not have a negative impact on his/her application or financial aid awards.

Applicants from New York state are encouraged to disclose citizenship status as this will allow NYU to consider undocumented students from New York state for need-based and merit-based awards. More information about financial aid available for undocumented students residing in New York state is available at this link: http://www.nyu.edu/admissions/financial-aid-and-scholarships/undocumented.html

For residency and tuition purposes, how does your institution treat undocumented students? (i.e., international, in-state, out-of-state, etc.)


Does your institution offer institutional aid or any type of merit/talent scholarships to undocumented students?

Undocumented students residing in New York state are considered for institutional aid/scholarships based upon demonstrated financial need, academic competitiveness, and other information reviewed during the admissions process. Students must also meet the criteria required within the Undocumented Student Financial Aid Application. Students are encouraged to submit these materials early in the admissions process. Award notifications typically arrive around the same time as the admission decision.

Award amounts vary based on the student’s academic profile and the level of demonstrated financial need. While NYU does offer merit scholarships to which undocumented students are eligible, it is worth noting that less than 4% of admitted students receive merit-aid. These awards range from $20,000 to full tuition.

How would an undocumented student apply for need-based aid at your institution? Are they required to complete a CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid application?

Undocumented students residing in New York state must submit the CSS Profile. Students must also submit the Undocumented Student Financial Aid Application.

Do you require that students submit a social security number on your admissions application? Can students use zeros to complete this requirement? (i.e., 000-00-0000)

Students can leave this field blank.

Does your institution offer legal support to help students gain legal status by the time they graduate?


If there is a specific person in the admissions office who is knowledgeable about the issues pertaining to undocumented students and can serve as a resource for students, families and high school counselors, please list his/her information below:

Crystal Artis
Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives
[email protected]