Frequently Asked Questions About Admissions

Have questions about applying to Tisch? We have the answers.

We know there’s a lot of information to sort through when applying, and it can be difficult to track down answers.  You’ve come to the right place.  Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about applying to our undergraduate and graduate programs.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, don’t worry.  You can always email or call us at 212-998-1900 for more information.

Undergraduate Questions

How do I apply?

You must first file the Common Application which can be found on the NYU Undergraduate Admissions page. A few days after you file the Common App you will receive an email from NYU telling you how to complete the artistic review part of your application.

Do I fill out separate applications for NYU and Tisch?

No. There is only one application for all undergraduate programs at NYU. However, there is a special section in the back of the application called "Special Admissions Requirements." This section lists what you must submit for your specific program at Tisch. All Tisch programs require an artistic review. Please visit the Artistic Review Requirements page for your department's requirements.

How do I apply for financial aid?

US citizens and permanent residents applying as freshmen complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.  International students applying as freshmen and transfers complete only the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. US citizens and permanent residents applying as transfers complete only the FAFSA.

Can I sit in on a class?

Because of the participatory and creative nature of many courses at Tisch, most departments do not permit prospective students to sit in on classes; those that do include Cinema Studies, Dance, and Performance Studies.


We award 4 points for any 4 or 5 received on an AP exam in most subject areas.  A maximum of 8 credits can be applied in General Education.  Any remaining credits will be allocated to electives.  You can earn a maximum of 32 points.