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NYU Application is nearing and I'm worried
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Hello! I am an incoming senior at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. I have a GPA of 3.4 in my junior year and I'm getting worried as I may not receive a full scholarship at NYU, if I do get accepted. I'm also worried about the admissions as I am applying Early Decision. I'm worried that I might not get in since my extra-curriculars are not that strong. I'm trying my best on my essays right now, but does anyone have tips for me? Thank you!

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You have two different dilemmas:

a) get accepted; and b) get a scholarship.

If you want to maximize chances for acceptance and you don’t care about money go with Early Decision. If you care about money, then don’t go with Early Decision to select among various offers.

You will manage to get in in one university, the question is which one and how much money you can receive.

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Hi there! @USStudentAbroad gave you some great advice, but just to add on - it's very, very difficult to get a full ride to NYU, especially since its financial aid is not the most generous, and the merit awards go to the absolute top students. International students also generally have a harder time getting financial aid from most US colleges. NYU explicitly says they have some aid for international students, but it's limited, and they are need-aware, meaning that those who need a lot of financial aid will have a hard time getting in: https://www.nyu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/how-to-apply/international-applicants.html

Not to be a downer or anything, I just want to make sure you know these things! You might want to consider schools that offer generous aid to international students: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/the-short-list-college/articles/universities-that-offer-international-students-the-most-financial-aid

For help on your essays, here's a master post on how to write the best essays: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-your-college-essay-the-ultimate-step-by-step-guide/. You can also use our free peer essay review tool to get feedback, and attend one of our livestreams to learn more about the essays.

Hope this helps, and good luck!