21%

Acceptance Rate

1350 - 1530

SAT Range

31 - 3

ACT Range

New York University (NYU) Admissions

"We welcome you to participate in the endless opportunities at NYU, joining talented scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and others who have been drawn from all over the world to teach, perform, create, and study in a place where everyone belongs." 

This statement by NYU President Andrew Hamilton is enough to describe why you should apply for NYU. 

NYU is one of the most diverse universities in the world, with undergraduate and graduate students from all across the USA, and over a hundred countries worldwide. The university teaches more than 50,000 students and acquires nearly $1 billion for research each year. 

The admission process at NYU is very selective and one of the toughest in the country. It begins with the online application form, which you can fill from the official website or common application platform.

Before applying, you can contact the admission officials if you have any queries. 

The contact number is (212) 998-1212. 

You can also mail them at admissions.ops@nyu.edu.

Admission Process for Undergraduate Students

To apply for NYU admission, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Online Application Form

All prospective NYU students must complete the Common Application, whether they’re applying to NYU’s New York Campus, or Abu Dhabi and Shanghai campuses. You can fill the application form online. Before you apply, make sure you have:

  • Contact information for your school representative or counselor, who will submit your Common Application School Report and high school transcript
  • Contact information for one or two teachers to complete the Teacher Evaluation Form
  • $80 for the application fee (Note: Students unable to pay can request a fee waiver).

 

  1. Gather Your Documents

Here are some documents that you’ll need to submit with your NYU application:

  • Official score reports (either SAT or ACT scores, learn more with NYU’s standardized testing requirements).
  • Audition or portfolio for certain artistic programs
  • English language test, if English isn’t your first language, or you haven’t studied in an English-speaking academic institution for at least 3 years 
  • Any record of college credits 
  • Common Application Mid Year Report with updated senior year grades
  • Resume for Graduate students

 

  1. Submit Your Documents

You must submit original or certified copies of all documents listed in step #2. Certified copies are photocopies that have an original signature of a school official, or an educational institution’s seal. Remember to have these documents translated if they aren’t in English. 

Conveniently, you can submit everything through the Common Application platform, or via email at admissions.docs@nyu.edu. Otherwise, you can mail your documents to:

New York University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

383 Lafayette Street

New York, NY 10003

USA

Note: Graduate applicants must submit their documents to the individual college they are applying to.

 

Test Scores And Resume Submission

Test scores are a very important factor for NYU in considering applications. However, NYU has a relatively flexible testing policy, allowing students to submit one of many test options. 

We know what you’re thinking - with a flexible policy, is the NYU test optional? Unfortunately not, but you can choose between a few test options. 

Make sure you take tests well before the application deadline, to allow for enough time for NYU to receive your scores. Students must submit one of the following standardized test scores:

Note: Applicants to programs requiring an audition or portfolio, specifically for programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Tisch School of the Arts, don’t need to submit a standardized test result. 

Resumes aren’t required for undergraduate admission, but they are required for NYU graduate program admissions. 

 

Letters of Recommendation & Statement of Purpose

Graduate applicants are required to submit letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be written by professors, employers, supervisors, or others (no friends or relatives) who are able to comment on your academic achievements, research potential and your professional goals.

As part of the application process, applicants are also required to write a 1-2 page statement of purpose explaining their reason for joining NYU and their future goals.

After You Apply

Once you have completed the above steps, NYU will evaluate your application. If you are selected, an acceptance letter will be sent to you. Once you are selected, the university will ask you to submit the official documents along with the fee.

SAT Scores you need to get in

SAT Range The composite score range which the Institution consistently takes, below which admission should be considered a reach.

1350 - 1530

Applicants Submitting SAT Percentage of Students submitting SAT Scores.

65%

SAT Reading 25th

NA

SAT Math 25th

NA

SAT Composite 25th

NA

SAT Reading 75th

NA

SAT Math 75th

NA

SAT Composite 75th

NA

Average SAT Score

NA

SAT Range 

1350 - 1530

Applicants Submitting SAT 

65%

SAT Reading Middle 50% Range

680-750 

SAT Math Middle 50% Range

700-800

Median SAT Score Middle 50% Range

1540

ACT Scores you need to get in

ACT Range The composite score range which the Institution consistently takes, below which admission should be considered a reach.

31 - 3

Applicants Submitting ACT Percentage of Students submitting ACT Scores.

36%

ACT Math 25th

NA

ACT English 25th

NA

ACT Composite 25th

NA

ACT Math 75th

NA

ACT English 75th

NA

ACT Composite 75th

NA

Average ACT Score

32

ACT Middle 50% Range 

31 - 35

Applicants Submitting ACT 

36%

Average ACT Score

32

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Grade Points Average (GPA) The average high school GPA of the admitted students

3.7

Grade Points Average (GPA) 

3.71

GPA score of an applicant plays an important part in the selection of an applicant. The average GPA of last year’s selected students was 3.71.

So, you need to have a very good GPA as well as strong test scores to be considered for admission.

Admission Requirements

What Really Matters When Applying

High School GPA

Required

High School Rank

Recommended

High School Transcript

Required

College Prep Courses

Required

SAT/ACT

Neither required nor recommended

Recommendations

Required

What Really Matters When Applying

High School GPA

Required

High School Rank

Recommended

High School Transcript

Required

College Prep Courses

Required

SAT/ACT

Neither required nor recommended

Recommendation Letters

Required

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit the online application form.
  • Complete and demonstrate proof of graduation from a bachelor's degree program from a recognized institute.
  • Upload your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae to the online application.
  • Provide official transcripts before an application is reviewed. A hard copy transcript is considered official when it is in a sealed, unopened envelope sent directly from your previous institution.
  • Provide letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be provided by professors, employers, supervisors, or others who are able to comment on your academic achievements, research potential, and your professional goals. The number of letters of recommendation may vary for different programs.
  • Send necessary test scores for respective programs.
  • International students can send their GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS scores.
  • Provide a typewritten, double-spaced, well-organized, one– to two-page statement explaining why you wish to pursue graduate study in your particular program at our particular school. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the department about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Admission Deadlines

Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

N/A

Application Fee Application fees may vary by program and may be waived for certain students. Please check with the school.

$NA

Early Decision Deadline

NA

Early Action Deadline

NA

Offer Action Deadline

None

Offers Early Decision

None

Application Website

https://www.nyu.edu/academics/studying-abroad/upperclassmen-semester-academic-year-study-away/applying.html

Accepts Common App

None

Accepts Coalition App

None

NYU application deadlines vary between international and local students. See the chart below:

 

Apply By

Notification Date

Confirm By

International Exchange

Feb. 15

March 15

March 30

Regular Decision

Apr. 1

TBD

TBD

Rolling Admissions

After April 1

TBD (usually 2-4 weeks from submission)

As space remains available

Acceptance Rate and Admission Statistics

WomenMenTotal
Applied47,82132,38980,210
Accepted9,7537,16516,918
Acceptance Rate20%22%21%
EnrolledNANANA
Percentage of admitted who Enrolled (Admission Yield)NANANA

Getting into NYU is really tough. Ranked at number 29 in the global top universities, it’s no surprise that NYU received over 100,000 applications for first-year undergraduate admissions this year.  Applicants are of diverse backgrounds, with over 22% of applications from students in minority groups. The University also reported having over 19,000 international students in 2019. 

Unfortunately, a low percentage of the 100,000 applications this year will be successful. In 2020, NYU’s acceptance rate was only 16.2%. That means that only an approximate 16,200 of the 100,000 students that applied this year are likely to be successful. The NYU acceptance rate is relatively low compared to the average acceptance rate for American universities overall, which sits at 36%. 

Although the NYU acceptance rate for men and women was virtually the same, there were many more female applicants than males. 

47,821 women applied for a place at the university last year, with 9,753 getting accepted into a program. In comparison, 32,389 men submitted applications, with 7.165 receiving admission. 

Admission Statistics

Applied

Women

47,821

Men

32,389

Total

80,210

Accepted

Women

9,753

Men

7,165

Total

16,918

Acceptance Rate

Women

20%

Men

22%

Total

21%

Enrolled

Women

NA

Men

NA

Total

NA

Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)

Women

NA

Men

NA

Total

NA

Credits Accepted

AP Credit

Yes

Dual Credit

Yes

Credit for Life Experiences

Yes

In the US, a majority of the universities incentivize students by helping them earn university credit by taking certain courses in high school. Dual Enrollment (also known as Dual Credit), AP Credit, and CLEP (Credit for Life Experiences) are some of the popular programs that are available for students. However, the policy regarding these credits varies from university to college. These programs have multiple benefits such as a higher GPA, increased chances of finishing the degree, and a shorter time to complete the degree. Students can easily apply for AP and CLEP credits by visiting collegeboard.org and request to submit the scores to the university of their choice.

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