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Admissions: Undergraduate Students

We seek to extend educational access to members of all groups and are proud of the diversity that has become synonymous with NYIT.

An applicant is admitted to NYIT based on his or her educational preparedness and ability to be academically successful. We conduct a comprehensive evaluation of each applicant’s school records, essays, and recommendations. In addition, first-year applicants are required to submit the results of either the SAT or ACT. And while a personal interview is not required for most majors (it is required by some of the health professions programs), we do encourage you to visit our beautiful campuses and make arrangements to meet with an admissions counselor.

Students who wish to enroll at NYIT for the purpose of earning a degree, diploma, or certificate must complete an application for matriculated status. Such an application is not binding to a specific school, course of study, or campus. The college reserves the right to refuse matriculation for specific NYIT schools or majors. Transfer students desiring matriculation will be evaluated on the basis of prior coursework. Students are admitted to NYIT for the fall or spring semesters.

Students may be required to take placement exams in English or math to determine the level of math and/or English courses to take in the first semester. Students will be contacted via email with what is required. If they are not required to take a placement exam, they will be able to sign up for an advisement appointment to register for classes.

Transfer students are exempt from the English placement exam if they receive transfer credit for the first required college composition course. Transfer students are exempt from the math placement exam if they receive transfer credit for the first math course required in their major or if they are enrolled in a major that requires only “mathematics choice.”

Admissions Procedures

How to Apply to NYIT

First-Year Students

Applicants who are still in high school, who have not completed any college work since receiving their high school diploma or equivalent, or who completed fewer than 24 college credits are considered “first-year” students for the purposes of admissions and must complete the following admissions procedures for undergraduate students (special procedures may apply to international applicants):

  • Completed Application: Complete the Common Application or the NYIT Online Application. An application must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for all academic programs. Applications are considered in the order received as long as space in the program of your choice is available. Apply as a first-year student.
  • Application Fee: A $50 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee, payable to NYIT, is required as part of your application submission. Fee may be waived with an official waiver from your college advisor or an NYIT advisor.
  • Transcripts: Submit your final, official transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions. This includes high school transcripts; AP, IB, and A-Level test scores; transcripts for any college-level coursework; and proof of degree from all schools and colleges previously attended. Copies are accepted for admission. Final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Official scores from the SAT or ACT exams are also required and should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. The NYIT college code for the SAT is 2561 and for the ACT is 2832. Applicants can request the proper forms from their high school guidance counselors.
  • Letter of Recommendation: At least one letter of recommendation is required for all applications (certain programs require additional letters of recommendation). The purpose of these letters is to add strength to an application, especially during the scholarship review process. You may use the recommendation form in the Common Application, NYIT Application, or the recommender may provide a separate letter.
  • Essay: In 300–350 words, tell us about your career goals and why attending NYIT would further these goals, or describe an achievement of which you are most proud and why. If you are applying to NYIT’s occupational therapy, osteopathic medicine, nursing, physician assistant studies, or physical therapy programs, explain your desire to work in this field.
  • Admission Decision: Candidates for admission to NYIT receive written notification of the decisions made by the Office of Admissions on a rolling basis. As files are completed, decisions are made and sent. The first priority deadline is November 1. Students who submit completed applications by November 1 will be notified with an expedited admission decision. They will be automatically considered for merit scholarships. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may defer making a final decision until it has received a report of the candidate’s midterm grades, additional standardized scores, or verification of volunteer hours. Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, candidates are required to pay a $400 nonrefundable deposit, which will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition. Admitted students also are required to submit completed health forms prior to registration, and those seeking financial aid are recommended to furnish the university with a Social Security number for identification purposes. Enrolled students must submit their final, official transcripts, and all other required admission materials, to the Office of Admissions. Deadline dates vary by semester. Please contact the Office of Admissions or refer to your acceptance letter for these deadline dates. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to rescind offers or admissions to applicants who have omitted previous academic work. Failure to provide these final documents will result in registration holds and/or cancellation of financial aid.

Applicants to all colleges and universities in New York state who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must provide written evidence of immunization against mumps, measles, and rubella or demonstrate that they are entitled to an exemption from this legal requirement.


Transfer Students

Applicants who have completed 24 or more college credits since receiving their high school diploma or equivalent are considered “transfer” students for the purposes of admissions and must complete the following admissions procedures for undergraduate students (special procedures may apply to international applicants):

  • Completed Application: Complete the Common Application or the NYIT Online Application. An application must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for all academic programs. Applications are considered in the order received as long as space in the program of your choice is available. Some applicants may be required to submit their application through the Nursing Computerized Application System (CAS). Please review the nursing admission requirements or contact transfer@nyit.edu or 516.686.7520 with any questions you may have regarding your application to the nursing program.
    Apply as a transfer student.
  • Application Fee: A $50 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee, payable to NYIT, is required as part of your application submission. Fee may be waived with an official waiver from your college advisor or an NYIT advisor.
  • Transcripts: Submit final, official transcripts to the Office of Admissions from all colleges you have attended even if you are not seeking transfer credit or your GPA falls below the minimum requirement for your intended program of study. This includes official AP, IB, and A-Level test scores. If you have fewer than 24 credits of previous college work completed, you will need to submit official high school transcripts along with SAT or ACT scores. The NYIT college code for the SAT is 2561 and for the ACT is 2832. Copies are accepted for admission. Final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Letter of Recommendation: At least one letter of recommendation is required for al`l applications (certain programs require additional letters of recommendation). The purpose of these letters is to add strength to an application, especially during the scholarship review process. You may use the recommendation form in the Common Application, NYIT Application, or the recommender may provide a separate letter.
  • Essay: Required if applying for any life sciences degree, and recommended for other programs. In 300 to 350 words, tell us about your career goals and why attending NYIT would further them, or describe an achievement of which you are most proud and why. If you are applying to the nursing program, or the combined life sciences/occupational therapy program, then tell us why you are interested in studying this program and why you are choosing this as a career field.
  • Letter of Recommendation: Required for certain programs (certain programs require additional letters of recommendation), and recommended for other programs. Even if you are not required to submit letters of recommendation, they can add strength to your application.
  • Admission Decision: Candidates for admission to NYIT receive written notification of the decisions made by the admissions office on a rolling basis. As files are completed, decisions are made and sent. Applicants will be automatically considered for merit scholarships. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may defer making a final decision until it has received a report of the candidate’s midterm grades, additional standardized scores, or verification of volunteer hours. Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, candidates are required to pay a $400 nonrefundable deposit, which will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition. Admitted students also are required to submit completed health forms prior to registration, and those seeking financial aid are recommended to furnish the university with a Social Security number for identification purposes. Enrolled students must submit their final, official transcripts, and all other required admission materials, to the Office of Admissions. Deadline dates vary by semester. Please contact the Office of Admissions or refer to your acceptance letter for these deadline dates. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to rescind offers or admissions to applicants who have omitted previous academic work. Failure to provide these final documents will result in registration holds and/or cancellation of financial aid.

Credit Evaluation

Transfer applicants to all campuses assume the responsibility of having previous schools send final, official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. The transfer of credits will be considered using the following general rules:

  • Transfer credit may be given for courses completed at a regionally accredited college or other qualified institution acceptable to the standards of NYIT.
  • Courses must be appropriate to NYIT curricula. Transfer credit for major courses is granted for equivalent coursework only. Substitutions may be considered in the core curriculum when coursework is from the same discipline.
  • Courses not included in NYIT curricula but relevant to the ultimate educational objectives of the student, may be allowed toward an elective requirement in a specific curriculum; however, transfer credit will not be awarded in excess of degree requirements.
  • Credit may be granted for Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken in high school. Grades of 3, 4, and 5 are required for possible credit. An official score report from the College Board (NYIT’s college code is 2561) should be mailed to the Office of Admissions on Long Island (Old Westbury) or New York City (Manhattan) campus.
    • For the combined health professions programs in Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy, as well as the Nursing program, grades of 4 or 5 are required for possible credit for courses identified as prerequisites.
  • Credit may be granted for International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams taken in high school. Grades of 4, 5, 6, or 7 on higher-level exams only are required for possible credit. Official IB exam results provided by the International Baccalaureate Organization should be mailed to the Office of Admissions on Long Island (Old Westbury) or New York City (Manhattan) campus.
    • For the combined health professions programs in Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy, as well as the Nursing program, grades of 5, 6, or 7 on higher-level exams only are required for possible credit for courses identified as prerequisites.
  • Transfer credit is recorded as credit only and is not computed in the cumulative grade point average unless it becomes necessary in determining graduation honors. Credit for challenge examinations taken at a regionally accredited college may be granted if recorded on an official transcript with credits and a grade of C- or better.
  • Grades of C- or better are transferable. Grades of D+ and D are acceptable only under one of the following conditions:
    1. If the grades were earned in courses at a school where an associate’s or bachelor’s degree was completed with a 2.0 GPA and the courses counted toward the degree.
    2. If the grades were earned in courses at a school where at least 30 credits were completed with a 2.5 GPA.

    Please note: Several undergraduate majors, such as business administration, engineering, and nursing, have minimum grade requirements for transfer courses. Students may be advised to retake classes in which they received C, C-, or D grades if seeking internships or admission to certain professional schools. D- grades are not transferable.

  • Students transferring from an associate’s degree program or two-year school are eligible for a maximum of 70 transfer credits. The maximum transfer credit for students transferring from a bachelor’s program is the difference between the required 30 credits in residency at NYIT (see Requirements for Graduation) and the total credits required for the NYIT degree. For example, if an NYIT degree requires 120 credits, students transferring from a bachelor’s program are eligible for a maximum of 90 transfer credits.

Prior Learning Evaluation Program

This special NYIT program was designed to give students the opportunity to earn college credit for prior college-level learning relevant to their curriculum. All matriculated NYIT students maintaining a 2.0 average are eligible to apply for credit, although transfer students must first have their college transcripts officially evaluated. Student knowledge gained outside the traditional college classroom may be evaluated by proficiency examinations, noncollegiate course evaluations, and portfolio evaluations. Please be aware that evaluation fees are charged.

A maximum of 60 credits toward a bachelor’s degree or 30 credits toward an associate’s degree can be earned through standardized proficiency examinations, NYIT challenge examinations, and prior learning credits (noncollegiate coursework or portfolio); however, any credits earned through these methods cannot be used to fulfill NYIT residency requirements. Counseling is available on an individual basis or at an advisement session. For more information, contact the Office of Prior Learning at 516.686.7914.

Students may use the portfolio method of evaluation to have their knowledge of a certain course or academic area evaluated. Requests for credit must fulfill a course requirement in a student’s degree program. Each portfolio consists of an essay explaining how the student acquired this knowledge and how it relates to course objectives. NYIT does require documentation of such learning, which may be in the form of work samples, detailed job descriptions, or licenses. A nonrefundable evaluation fee is charged for each portfolio. A Prior Learning Evaluation Guide containing more detailed information is available online and may also be obtained from the Office of Prior Learning at 516.686.7914.

Proficiency Examinations

Credit for degree requirements and elective courses can be earned by attaining satisfactory scores on proficiency examinations. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Prometric’s DSST program, Excelsior College Examinations, and NYU School of Professional Studies foreign language exams are standardized testing programs that cover numerous academic areas. NYIT has developed its own challenge examinations in certain subjects not covered by CLEP, DSST, Excelsior, or NYU. Challenge examination information is available in the Office of the Registrar.

Noncollegiate Course Evaluations

The New York State Education Department’s National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) and the American Council on Education (ACE) have evaluated and recommended credit for many noncollegiate courses. NYIT honors these credit recommendations for elective credit and may award prior learning credit for required courses on this basis. Courses that have not been reviewed by National CCRS or ACE but meet certain criteria will also be evaluated on an individual basis by the college. Credit for military coursework and Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) may be granted. ACE has evaluated some of this coursework, and credit toward electives is awarded based upon the ACE recommendation. Certificates of completion and/or official military transcripts should be sent to the evaluations office for the assessment of military coursework that may be credited toward a college degree.


International Students

NYIT welcomes students from other nations who show promise of benefiting from educational opportunities in the United States. The following guidelines are for prospective students residing outside the continental limits of the United States who wish to attend NYIT:

  • Completed Application: Complete the Common Application or the NYIT Online Application. An application must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for all academic programs. Applications are considered in the order received as long as space in the program of your choice is available. Apply as an international student.
  • Application Fee: A $50 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee, payable to NYIT, is required as part of your application submission. Fee may be waived with an official waiver from your college advisor or an NYIT advisor.
  • Deadlines: Applications from international students must be received by NYIT by December 1 for the spring semester and July 1 for the fall semester. Students who apply after those dates may be asked to defer their application to be considered for the next available semester. (These deadlines may be waived for applicants who reside in the United States.)
  • Transcripts: Submit your final, official school records directly to the Office of Admissions. This includes certification of high school graduation, colleges, universities, normal, or technical schools high school transcripts; AP, IB, and A-Level test scores; transcripts for any college-level coursework; and proof of degree from all schools and colleges previously attended. Copies are accepted for admission. Final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester. Final, official documents must come directly from the university, ETS (for GRE or TOEFL scores), Pearson Vue (for GMAT), or the British Council (IELTS). If your transcripts are in a language other than English, you must submit an official English translation through one of the following:
  • English Proficiency: Applicants are required to submit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as administered by the Educational Testing Service, the Pearson PTE Academic Exam, or an examination deemed to be equivalent by the Office of Admissions.
    • Full Undergraduate Admission: The following minimum scores required for full admission to undergraduate programs are:
      • IELTS score: 6.0
      • TOEFL (iBT) score: 79
      • Pearson PTE score: 53
    • Undergraduate English as a Second Language (ESL) Pathway Admission: Students who do not meet the full admission English proficiency requirements can be admitted to an ESL pathway program. The following scores are required to be admitted to an undergraduate ESL pathway program:
      • IELTS scores: below 6.0 (5.0–5.5)
      • TOEFL (iBT) scores: 41–78
      • Pearson PTE scores: 36–52
      • Students with these lower scores will be required to take noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, and will have the option to pursue credit-bearing academic courses alongside the required ESL program. Students whose registration does not include the required English course(s) may be deregistered from other courses.
      • Pathway admissions requirements are applicable to pathway eligible programs. Pathway program eligibility is program specific and determined by the individual academic departments.
    • Conditional Admission: Applicants who submit IELTS scores below 5.0, TOEFL (iBT) scores below 61, or Pearson PTE scores below 40 may be offered conditional admission to the academic program if all other academic requirements are met. Students who are offered conditional admission may enroll in the ESL Pathway Program upon completing level 2 in the English Language Institute. Completion of level 4 in the English Language Institute is required for full admission to the academic program.
  • SEVIS: Students who transfer from American colleges or universities must have their previous schools complete the SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form, which can be obtained online. Students must also furnish copies of all previous universities’ I-20(s) and copies of their Visa and I-94 (from their passport).
  • Affidavit of Support: For the purpose of assuring NYIT and the U.S. government that all necessary costs to maintain the student throughout his/her tenure at the university will be met, students must submit an original notarized Affidavit of Support form signed by a parent or other bona fide sponsor (form can be obtained directly from the NYIT Office of Admissions or online). This document needs to be notarized (witnessed and signed by a notary who is licensed by the government to witness signatures on legal documents).
  • Bank Statement for Financial Support: Students must submit a bank statement with bank seal, from the student’s own or a sponsor’s bank, demonstrating financial support. Bank statements need to show specific amounts based on academic status (as listed on the Affidavit of Support available online).
  • I-20: Upon receipt of all required material including the completed application, $50 application fee, official scholastic credentials and test scores, and, if applicable, proof of English proficiency, the Admissions Committee will review the qualifications of each applicant on an individual basis, and a decision regarding admission will be forwarded to the applicant. If the student has submitted a notarized affidavit of support and bank statements demonstrating sufficient financial support, the Admissions Committee will issue the I-20 with the notification of acceptance or shortly thereafter.
  • Admission Decision: Candidates for admission to NYIT receive written notification of the decisions made by the admissions office on a rolling basis. As files are completed, decisions are made and sent. Applicants will be automatically considered for merit scholarships. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may defer making a final decision until it has received a report of the candidate’s midterm grades, additional standardized scores, or verification of volunteer hours. Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, candidates are required to pay a $400 nonrefundable deposit, which will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition. Admitted students also are required to submit completed health forms prior to registration. Enrolled students must submit their final, official transcripts, and all other required admission materials, to the Office of Admissions. Deadline dates vary by semester. Please contact the Office of Admissions or refer to your acceptance letter for these deadline dates. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to rescind offers or admissions to applicants who have omitted previous academic work. Failure to provide these final documents will result in registration holds and/or cancellation of financial aid.

Also Note:

  • Four years of study are generally necessary to acquire a bachelor’s degree (five years for the Bachelor of Architecture degree), but NYIT does not guarantee that any student will complete a program within this time. All international students with F-1 visas must be full-time day students.
  • All students transferring from foreign institutions of higher learning will be required to have their educational credentials evaluated by an agency specializing in reviewing international transcripts. This agency must be acceptable to the standards of NYIT, such as World Education Services or Scantran Evaluation Services. There is a fee for this evaluation service. Possible transfer credits will be determined by NYIT after results of the course-by-course evaluation have been received. Students must provide course outlines and/or syllabi if available to facilitate credit transfer.
  • NYIT offers residential facilities near its on Long Island (Old Westbury) or New York City (Manhattan) campuses. Visit the Office of Residence Life and Off-Campus Housing for more information.


Reenrollment/Readmission of Former Students

  • Students who have stopped attending NYIT for one semester, not including summer, and have not attended another institution do not need to apply for readmission. These students may return under the original catalog/curriculum of admission and must seek academic advisement from their department. Contact the NYIT Enrollment Services Center for additional information.
  • Students who have been away for one semester and who have attended another institution must complete an application for readmission with the Office of Admissions along with the necessary supporting documentation and any applicable processing fees. Students are required to present all transcripts for evaluation at the time of readmission in order to receive any applicable transfer credit for work completed at another institution and to ensure proper academic advisement, scholarship, and financial aid eligibility.
  • Former students of NYIT who have been away for more than one semester must complete an application for readmission with the Office of Admissions along with the necessary supporting documentation and any applicable processing fees. Students are required to present all transcripts for evaluation at the time of readmission in order to receive any applicable transfer credit for work completed at another institution and to ensure proper academic advisement, scholarship, and financial aid eligibility.

Once readmitted to the college, students must fulfill the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of their readmission. Students readmitted after a break of five years or less (undergraduates must be within 30 credits of degree completion) may request approval to follow the program requirements in place at the time of their most recent admission/readmission. The academic dean responsible for the program will decide in this matter. Students readmitted after a break of more than five years (undergraduates must be within 30 credits of degree completion) may request approval to follow the program requirements in place at the time of their most recent admission/readmission. The Vice President for Academic Affairs (or designee) will decide in this matter. In all cases, NYSED regulations will guide these decisions.

Nonmatriculated (Nondegree) Applicants

Regardless of whether you are enrolled at other institutions, you are welcome to enroll in the spring, summer, or fall semester, on a nondegree basis, and take up to 24 credits. You must first file an application for nonmatriculated status, which can be obtained through the Office of Admissions.

Nonmatriculated students may be admitted to individual courses if they meet the prerequisites for these courses. Students who initially enroll as nonmatriculants may file for change of status with the NYIT Office of Admissions and are encouraged to apply for admission to the college. Students who do not have a Regents high school diploma or GED must first complete 24 credits as nonmatriculated students, and if they are New York residents, file for a high school equivalency diploma with the state.