New Grad Students Welcome Page

Congratulations on your acceptance to NYU Tisch School of the Arts!

This webpage has been designed to guide you through the process of becoming a Tisch graduate student and to answer any questions you may have along the way. Just click on any of the topics to get more information on that subject. 

The first day of classes for most graduate programs will be Wednesday, September 2nd.

For the IMA Low Residency program, the first day of classes is Monday, July 20th. 

1. Activate Your NetID

Note: You will need to wait at least 24 hours from the date of your acceptance email to activate your NetID and follow the steps outlined below.

Included in your acceptance email is your NetID, a unique alphanumeric code that NYU assigns to you (e.g. xyz,123). Your NetID is not your University ID number (which is a 9-character ID number starting with a capital N).

You will use your NetID and password to access your NYUHome account, which is a customizable web interface that links you to your NYU email account as well as other systems and tools, and serves as a home base for all NYU community members.

2. Activate Your NYU Email Account

Most University offices, including Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, the Bursar, Housing, and Student Affairs will communicate with you via your NYU email account exclusively. It is imperative that you check your NYU email account on a regular basis.


Once you have activated your NYU NetID, go to the NYU Start Page and enter your NetID and password. Then:

1. At the main menu select "Activate your NYU Google Apps for Education Account" link

2. Once it is been successfully activated, Click on "Verify your NYU Google Apps for Education Account" and follow the instructions.

3. Once verified, log on to your NYUHome account

4. On the main menu, click the "NYU E-mail" button to access your email account.

5. Alternatively, you can reach your NYU E-Mail account directly at



3. accept or decline our offer of admission and paying the $500 deposit

We hope you decide to join our incoming class! To confirm your place, we require a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit -- as requested in your acceptance letter -- that is applied as a credit to your student account. Please refer to your acceptance email for your tuition deposit deadline.

If you accept our offer online, you must pay your non-refundable deposit by e-check. We highly recommend that you accept or decline our offer online. If you are an international student living abroad and do not have a US bank account, you can pay the deposit by Flywire. Instructions can be found below.


1. Log on to your NYUHome account

2. Select the "Academics" Tab

3. Select the "Albert" login link, select the "Applicants" tab (not the "Student" tab)

4. Go to the "Admissions" section and select the "Application Status" link

5. Click the "Admission Offer" button at the top of the page

6. Click the "Accept/Decline" link to accept or decline the Admission offer

7. Click either the "Accept Offer" or "Decline Offer" button

8. Follow the prompts until you confirm your final decision. If you accept our offer, please be prepared to pay the required non-refundable tuition deposit by e-checkNote: After you make your final decision, the "Admission Offer" button will no longer be available to you.

NOTE: If you are experiencing problems with the payment screen not appearing, please disable your browser's popup blockers.


NOTE: This method is for international students who do not have a U.S. bank account. Please Read and follow ALL the instructions.

1. Please go to, select "PAY YOUR STUDENT ACCOUNT BILL" and follow the instructions to make your $500 payment. 

2. Once you’ve made the payment, please fill out the CANDIDATE REPLY FORM HERE. When the payment is credited to your account we will send you a confirmation of receipt. Please note that payments made via Flywire may take up to 72 hours to appear in your NYU account. However, we will consider the date the payment was made as the deposit date.  

3. Note: after the payment has been credited to your account, your spot in the incoming class will be reserved and the offer of admission will be automatically accepted. After this, the "Admission Offer" button will no longer be available to you online. Also, please remember to submit the candidate reply form after making the payment as that is the only way we can track the tuition deposit.

4. Financial Aid, Tuition and Fees

If you are a US citizen or US permanent resident and filed the FAFSA, you will be notified via email by the Office of Financial Aid when your financial aid package is ready for viewing. Log on to your NYUHome account with your NetID and password and go to the Financial Aid section to view the financial aid information when it becomes available.  Information about financial aid can be found on our website.

International students are encouraged to visit the Tisch Financial Aid Page and NYU's Financial Aid page for international students to learn more regarding financial aid options.

More information on tuition, fees and other expenses can be found on our website. Please note that the figures listed on the site are per term (semester), not per year. There are two terms/semesters in one academic year.


Deadline to submit transcripts: August 31st, 2020

Once you have officially accepted your admission, you must request that all final, official transcripts be sent directly from your post-secondary institutions to Office of Graduate Admissions, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Please verify that the transcript shows all work completed, degree conferred and the date that the degree was conferred or awarded. Candidates accepted to a Ph.D. program will need to provide a final, official master’s degree transcript in addition to the undergraduate degree transcript.

Note to NYU graduates: If you have graduated from any school at New York University, you do not need to send us transcripts. Our office will retrieve the final transcripts internally through the Registrar’s Office.


Paper transcripts should be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

726 Broadway, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10003

Official transcripts sent by mail must bear the seal of the institution and an original signature of the registrar or embossed stamp.

Electronic transcripts:

Can be sent directly from the school to us at or through a secure third-party provider such as eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment Send, or the National Student Clearinghouse.

Documents in a language other than English

We need both the transcript in its original language and an English translation of the transcript. If your institution does not issue documents in English, you must have the transcripts translated by a professional translation service. Self-translations and notarized translations will not be accepted.

If the date of degree conferral is not included in the final transcript, a certified, true copy of your diploma or certificate of degree completion showing the date the degree was conferred will also be required with your official transcript.

Note - Some international schools issue only one official transcript. If this is the case for the school(s) you attended, DO NOT send this document to us because no materials submitted in support of an application will be returned to you. Instead, send an exact copy that has been stamped as a “Certified True Copy” by the appropriate institutional official of each institution that you attended. Uncertified copies are not acceptable.


Final Transcript Is Not Yet Available

If you completed your degree very recently or are still enrolled in a degree program, your final, official transcript may not be available.  You need to ask your educational institution to send the most up-to-date transcript as soon as possible. Once the final transcript with the degree conferral date becomes available, request that it be sent as well.

If your transcripts cannot be sent due to valid extenuating circumstances, please contact the graduate admissions office at or (212) 998-1900.

*If we do not receive a final and official transcript showing conferral of your bachelor’s degree, a hold will be placed on your account and you will not be able to register for courses in the fall.

**Transcripts sent by you in an unsealed envelope or by email as an attachment are not considered official and will not be accepted.

6. International Students – Apply For VISA

Steps for our international students to apply for a visa are as follows:

View the Before You Arrive page for important information for newly admitted international students.

Once you have paid the deposit, please wait 24 hours then complete an Application for the I-20 or DS-2019. Go to the Get a US Visa page and follow the instructions to complete the application. This website provides instructions on how to obtain the I-20 or DS-2019, an important form needed to process the F1 or J1 student visa from the US Embassy or Consulate nearest you in your home country.

If you are currently studying in the US or you are on Optional Practical Training (OPT) it may not be necessary for you to return home before enrolling at NYU.  This is known as the transfer process whereby your College or University “releases” the I-20 to NYU. If you are in this situation your I-20 or DS-2019 needs to be updated by NYU before you can register for classes.

The NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) will assist you in applying for the appropriate visa and help you make a smooth transition to life as a student at NYU. You should contact the OGS directly if you have any questions:

NYU Office of Global Services (OGS)
383 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
OGS Website - for students inbound to NYC

8. Housing

There are two housing options for graduate students at NYU.

On-Campus Housing

Information on on-campus housing can be found by visiting the NYU HOUSING WEBSITE. There you will find detailed information on the types of residences available and how to apply for housing. Note: please scroll down the page to the "graduate and visiting students" section for the information and application.

Please be aware that graduate on-campus housing space is limited and not guaranteed.

More information can be found here.


On-campus summer housing options are being finalized and will be posted soon. Please check back here periodically for updates.


Off-Campus Living

The NYU Student Resource Center (SRC) provides students with general advice and resources in the apartment search process. Although the SRC does not provide actual apartments, links to housing search websites, a housing and roommate registry exclusively viewable to the NYU Community, market information, a discount broker, tenant resources, and other links are provided on the Off Campus Living page.

Visit: 60 Washington Square South, Suite 210

Phone: 212-998-4411

9. New Student Orientation

Sometime in July the Tisch Office of Student Affairs will send you more information on Orientation Week events and sessions that will provide you with an introduction to NYU and Tisch. In addition, your Department will reach out to you soon with more information on program-specific orientation.

Orientation Week starts on Monday, August 30th, 2020.

The first day of classes will be on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020.


As IMA Low Residency students begin classes in the summer 2020, the above-mentioned orientation information does not pertain to them. The IMA Department will be reaching out to these students directly with more information on their orientation and registration. 

10. Registration and Advisement

You will be contacted by your Department with more information on registration and advisement. Each Graduate Department at Tisch has its own specific guidelines and timetable for class registration and advisement and they will assist you in these matters in a timely manner. Please note that the undergraduate registration period is not connected in any way to graduate level programs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your Department:

·         Acting – (212)998-1960

·         Art & Public Policy/Arts Politics – (212)992-8200

·         Cinema Studies/Moving Image Archiving & Preservation – (212)998-1600

·         Dance – (212)998-1980

·         Design for Stage and Film – (212)998-1950

·         Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing – (212)998-1940

·         Graduate Musical Theatre Writing – (212)998-1830

·         Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) & IMA Low Residency – (212)998-1880

·         Kanbar Institute of Film & Television/Graduate Film Division – (212)998-1780

·         NYU Game Center/Game Design – (646)997-0708

·         Performance Studies – (212)998-1620

On behalf of the staff of the Office of Graduate Admissions, we welcome you! If you need assistance or do not know where to turn, please contact us at or (212)998-1918 and we will be happy to assist.