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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 their educational preparedness and ability to be academically successful. We conduct a comprehensive evaluation of each applicant’s school records, essays, and recommendations. For Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 admitted students, standardized testing will be optional for most programs. First-year applicants may submit the results of either the SAT or ACT as supplemental material for consideration by the admissions committee. Some academic programs will still require the standardized test score, so please review individual program requirements. 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, but may enroll in summer courses once admitted.

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 or close to the start of your first semester. Some financial aid programs such as New York State TAP may require submission of materials prior to the end of the semester. In the event that official transcripts are not received by the end of the first semester, students will not be permitted to register for future semesters and may have their financial aid canceled.
  • Standardized Test Scores: For students submitting test scores, scores from the SAT or ACT exams should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. The NYIT college code for the SAT is 2561 and for the ACT is 2832.
    • Veteran students who have completed at least 36 months of active duty service and have been honorably discharged, or currently serve as active duty, reserve, or National Guard, are exempt from this requirement at the discretion of the Dean/Program Director of the specific program.
  • Letter of Recommendation: At least one letter of recommendation is required for all applications (certain programs require additional letters of recommendation). For those students not submitting standardized test scores, two letters of recommendation should be submitted. 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. If you are not submitting standardized test scores, in addition to your essay, please submit a graded essay from one of your classes. An additional essay prompt may be required for international applicants without a graded essay in English.
  • Admission Decision: Candidates for admission to NYIT receive 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 for applicants is November 1. Students who submit completed applications by November 1 will be notified with an expedited admission decision. Students will automatically be considered for merit scholarships after submitting a completed application. 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 to secure a position in the entering class, which will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition. Admitted students also are required to submit completed health forms prior to the first day of classes, and those seeking financial aid are recommended to furnish the university with a Social Security number for identification purposes. Enrolled students should submit their final, official transcripts, and all other required admission materials, to the Office of Admissions prior to the start of classes but no later than the end of their first semester. Failure to provide these final documents will result in registration holds and may result in cancelation of financial aid. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to rescind offers of admission.

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.

NYIT may waive some of the entrance requirements for applicants based on the discretion of the Office of Admissions or academic departments.


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.
    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. Copies are accepted for admission. Final, official transcripts should be received prior to or close to the start of your first semester. Some financial aid programs such as New York State TAP may require submission of materials prior to the end of the semester. In the event that official transcripts are not received by the end of the first semester, the students will not be permitted to register for future semesters and may have their financial aid canceled.
  • 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: Required if applying for any biological or chemical 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, tell us why you are interested in studying this program and why you are choosing this as a career field.
  • Admission Decision: Candidates for admission to NYIT receive notification of the decisions made by the admissions office on a rolling basis. Students will automatically be considered for merit scholarships after submitting a completed application. 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 to secure a position in the entering class, which will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition. Admitted students also are required to submit completed health forms prior to the first day of classes, and those seeking financial aid are recommended to furnish the university with a Social Security number for identification purposes. Final, official transcripts should be received prior to or close to the start of your first semester. In the event that official transcripts are not received by the end of the first semester, students will not be permitted to register for future semesters and may have their financial aid canceled. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to rescind offers of admission.

NYIT may waive some of the entrance requirements for applicants based on the discretion of the Office of Admissions or academic departments.

Credit Evaluation for First-Year and Transfer Students

Applicants to all campuses assume the responsibility of having previous schools send final, official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. The transfer of credits for first-year and transfer applicants 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. Students admitted to the Life Sciences, B.S./Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. (B.S./D.O. program) are not eligible for transfer credit.
  • 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 or New York City campus.
    • For the combined health professions programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Physician Assistant Studies, as well as the Nursing program, scores of 4 or 5 are required for possible credit for courses identified as prerequisites. AP scores of 5 are required to receive credit for biology, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, and statistics courses in the combined Physician Assistant Studies program.
  • 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 or New York City campus.
    • For the combined health professions programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Physician Assistant Studies, as well as the Nursing program, scores 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. Pass grades earned during the spring 2020 semester meet this GPA threshold and are transferrable to NYIT. 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 will not be required to retake courses for which they received a Pass grade for the spring 2020 semester.

  • 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.

Transfer credit for newly admitted students is evaluated by the Office of Admissions, following the above listed rules for the various types of credit. The transfer credit evaluation guidelines are applicable for all course delivery modes including online courses.

Prior Learning Evaluation Program

This special NYIT program was designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to earn credit for prior college-level learning relevant to their curriculum. 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. Some majors, such as nursing or sciences, restrict the use of prior learning credit toward major requirements. Students should consult the Office of Prior Learning for details. 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 516.686.3898.

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 Admissions at 516.686.3898.

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 Joint Services Transcripts (JST) should be sent to the evaluations office for the assessment of military coursework that may be credited toward a college degree.

Military affiliated students who have completed at least 36 months of active duty service and have been honorably discharged, or currently serve on active duty, reserve, or National Guard, must submit a certificate of completion or Joint Service Transcript (JST). These students will be awarded a minimum of six prior learning credits to apply towards the Foundations of Speech Communication (FCSP 105) and Foundations of Inquiry (FCIQ 101) core requirements, in addition to any credits evaluated by way of the JST. Please note certain majors may have standards that will take precedence over this policy.


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 should be received prior to or close to the start of your first semester. Some financial aid programs such as New York State TAP may require submission of materials prior to the end of the semester. In the event that official transcripts are not received by the end of the first semester, students will not be permitted to register for future semesters and may have their financial aid canceled. 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
      • Duolingo score: 105
    • 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
      • Duolingo score: 70–104
      • 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, Pearson PTE scores below 40, or Duolingo scores below 70 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 their 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. Students will automatically be considered for merit scholarships after submitting a completed application. 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 to secure a position in the entering class, which will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition. Admitted students also are required to submit completed health forms prior to the first day of classes. Final, official transcripts should be received prior to or close to the start of your first semester. In the event that official transcripts are not received by the end of the first semester, students will not be permitted to register for future semesters and may have their financial aid canceled. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to rescind offers of admission.

NYIT may waive some of the entrance requirements for applicants based on the discretion of the Office of Admissions or academic departments.

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 SpanTran 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 or New York City 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.