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Notification & Process

Please note that our application is undergoing annual updates. Deadlines and essay questions for Fall 2018 will be posted shortly.

Check the Status of Your Application

You can check the status of your application at any time on your application status page. Your application status page indicates any missing application requirements, and you are able to upload outstanding or supplemental materials directly to this page. Please note:
  • You will receive an email confirmation once you have submitted your application. Please be sure to pay your application fee. Your application will not be processed until your application fee has been received.
  • Initial notifications will begin shortly after the first deadline of October 15th and continue on a ongoing basis according to the deadline for which you applied. 
To protect your privacy, we do not release the status of your application via email or phone. You must check your application status page.

Initial Notification

If your application was complete by the deadline, you will receive an initial notification no later than the initial notification date for that deadline. View application deadlines and notification dates.

You will be emailed when your status has changed on your application status page. Initial notification possibilities are as follows:
  • Interview invitation
  • Waitlist offer
  • Denial of admission
The admissions interview plays an important role in ensuring that the Stern community is comprised of exceptional individuals. Therefore, an offer of admission is never made prior to the interview invitation.

Please note that you may be placed on the waitlist or denied admission without being interviewed.

Interviews and Post-Interview Decision


After reviewing your application, the Committee may invite you to interview. If invited to interview, you will be able to schedule your interview via your application status page. Interviews are available by invitation only.

Interviews are conducted in person in New York City. If invited to interview, you should plan on traveling to New York City to interview as part of our application process. Interviews are typically conducted by our trained admissions professionals, who will have thoroughly read your entire application. When interviewing on campus, we encourage you to use your visit to learn more about Stern by attending a tour and information session, visiting a class and meeting current students.

Admissions Tips:

Off-Site Interviews

If you are invited to interview but are not able to come to Stern, you may consider one of our off-site interview locations. For priority consideration for off-site interviews, apply by November 15. We typically conduct off-site interviews in China, India and the United Kingdom in March, but the locations and timing are subject to change each year.

Candidates participating in off-site interviews are not at a disadvantage to those interviewing at Stern. However, if timing is an important consideration, you may be able to interview sooner in New York City.

Alumni/Phone Interview Requests

Alumni or phone interview requests are almost never granted and should be requested only under extreme circumstances. We expect you to interview in person in New York City with the Admissions Committee or at one of our designated off-site interview locations.

Post-Interview Decision

After the interview, it will typically take up to three weeks to receive a post-interview decision. Once the Admissions Committee has issued your decision, you will receive an email indicating your status has changed. You can review your new status on your application status page. There are three possible post-interview decisions:
  • Offer of admission
  • Waitlist offer
  • Denial of admission

Offer of Admission

If offered admission, you will view an online admission letter on your application status page. If you have been awarded any scholarships, that information will be part of your admission letter. In addition, you will be given access to our Admitted Student Website.

Waitlist Offer

In our admissions process, you may be placed on the waitlist without being interviewed and/or after being interviewed. If you are placed on the waitlist, you will receive additional information about the waitlist process at that time.

All decisions made by the Admissions Committee are final.