We gave you a kick in the patooty on Friday to go do some more research on NYU over the weekend. Maybe you did. Maybe you came back all hot and bothered and excited about the place.
What you should know now is, their November 15th Round 1 deadline is not the day you would want to apply. You actually should consider getting your Stern application in earlier than that. If you were actively considering them already, then hopefully you already know this, since you attended an info session and you heard it from them directly: Stern has rolling admissions.
It’s not the same type of “rolling” with Columbia, where there’s this massive advantage to apply as early as possible. As far as we understand it at Stern, they don’t strictly process apps in the order received, whereby submitting later in the cycle — or on the deadline day itself — constitutes the disadvantage of being stuck behind all the other BSers who
had their act together sooner submitted their apps earlier. We’ve never once heard Stern say that there is any disadvantage in their admissions decision-making process for someone who submits on the day of the deadline, versus someone who submitted back in September.
Instead, the main advantage with Stern is that if you apply earlier than their deadline, then there’s a good chance you may hear back from them before their published decision date of February 15th.
Stern tends to release decisions as they make them — this is the main way that their process is “rolling.” They don’t queue up all the decisions and dump them out on the market of you frantic and stressed-out BSers in one fell swoop on a single day, the way other schools do. They trickle them out as they make them. Yes, there’s often a batch of decisions that are released on that published decision date that shows on their website, but you very well could hear sooner than that. They have to do it that way, to make sure they have a shot at scooping up the hot commodities out there — they know that many great candidates are hearing back from other schools starting in mid December and they don’t want to lose out on all of you.