New York University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of New York University

New York University is a highly selective private institution located in Manhattans Greenwich Village. The university offers over 230 fields of study and ranks among the top New York colleges. It also boasts a student/faculty ratio of 9 to 1. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 51,847 (26,733 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42 percent male/58 percent female
  • 96 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $53,308
  • Books: $752
  • Room and Board: $18,684
  • Other Expenses: $2,758
  • Total Cost: $75,502

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 51 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 45 percent
    • Loans: 31 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $29,480
    • Loans: $7,355

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Visual and Performing Arts; Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Health Professions and Related Programs

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 8 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 76 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 85 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of New York University Admissions

New York University is selective, with a low acceptance rate and standardized test scores that are well over mean. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

For students entering the 2018-19 academic year, New York University had an acceptance rate of 20%. For every 100 applicants, 28 gained admission and 72 received rejection letters. NYU’s admissions are highly selective, and successful applicants tend to have academic measures that are well over means.

SAT Requirements and Scores

For students who entered NYU in the 2018-19 academic year, 65% provided SAT scores. The great majority of admitted NYU students have SAT scores in the top 20% of all test-takers. 50% of students scored between 650 and 720 for the evidence-based reading part of the exam, with 25% scoring at or under 650. Students in the top quartile scored at or over 720. the median 50% of students scored between 660 and 790 on the math part, with the lower 25% scoring at or under 660, and the top 25% scoring at or over 790. Your chances will be best at the upper end of these score ranges, and students who have a combined SAT score of 1490 or higher will be particularly competitive at New York University.

ACT Requirements and Scores

For students who entered the institution in the 2018-19 academic year, 36% provided ACT scores. New York University does not provide a breakdown of ACT scores for the math, English, and science parts of the exam, but the cumulative score data shows us that most NYU’s students are in the top 9% of test-takers. The median 50% of students scored between 29 and 33, while the bottom 25% scored at or under a 29, and the top quartile scored at or over a 33.


NYU’s Common Data Set from 2018-19 reveals that the mean GPA of all first-time, first-year students was 3.59. 41% of all entering students had a GPA of 3.75 or higher, while 28% were in the 3.5 to 3.74 range. Only 3% of applicants gained admission with a GPA under 3.0, so high grades are an essential part of a successful NYU application. 100% of students ranked in the top 25% of their graduating class, and the great majority of admitted applicants are “A” students.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for New York University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If New York University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Texas State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural, and Mechanical University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for New York University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Pace University, University of North Texas, San Jose State University, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Washington State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than New York University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy, Hofstra University, Auburn University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to New York University

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