Residency and Online Study

Our degree programs permit students to complete some or all of the requirements via online instruction. Many students who are taking our online classes are New York State residents, while others study from within other states or other countries. States and countries regulate the educational activity which occurs within their borders, including online study.

While NYU is able to offer online courses to residents of most states, there are several states, listed below, where NYU cannot allow students to take classes or examine from within those states’ borders. Questions can be directed to John Stephens at if you plan to apply to take online classes from outside of the country or if you have questions about the below information.

Program Availability in Certain States

Our online programs are not available in all states. At this time, we are unable to accept new distance-learning students who would undertake their studies from within the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Wisconsin

Available States

At this time, we are permitted to offer online courses to students in the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware*
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky*
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island*
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas (see below)
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia*
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

* Students from the following four states may enroll but may not take examinations in these states: Delaware, Kentucky, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

However, it may be possible for residents of these states to participate in examinations on NYU’s campus in New York or online from another state. Potential applicants from these states should contact John Stephens prior to applying to see if they are able to take examinations in these states either online or in-person under applicable state law.

Special Information for Individuals Located Outside of the US

New York University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The programs being offered are registered by the New York State Education Department.

If you are located outside of the United States, please note that programs may not be recognized by institutions within your country. Further, the fee for programs may be subject to local taxes, which are the sole responsibility of participants located outside of the United States.

Special Information for Maryland Residents

NYU has been approved by the State of Maryland to offer online courses to residents of that state, per recent state legislation. We must post certain required information on our website which relates to our program’s registration status with the state as well as procedures for Maryland residents to file complaints or grievances.

First, our student handbook (Section J. Student Grievance Procedure) provides the university’s policies and procedures in this regard.

Second, per Maryland’s requirements, we note and follow the Student Complaint Process established by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Finally, we note that Maryland maintains a unique refund schedule for those studying from within the state. Enrolled students residing in Maryland should contact our academic services office if they are considering dropping a class.

Special Information for Texas Residents

Required notices regarding distance-learning classes taken by Texas residents who are not enrolled in a degree program:

  1. New York University School of Law is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code;
  2. NYU is approved and regulated by the New York State Department of Education, and the Law School is also regulated by the NY State Court of Appeals; and
  3. The New York State Department of Education can be contacted at: (518) 474-3852. The Court of Appeals can be contacted at: (518) 455-7700.

Contact information for all 50 states and the District of Columbia is provided by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) at