New York University

School Name: New York University

School Location: New York, NY

School Type: Liberal Arts

Class of 2022

  • Applicants: 71,834
  • Acceptance rate: 20%
  • (Note: ED acceptance rates higher, to tune of 38% according to one NYU webpage, but not fully publicized)

General Info


  • Middle 50% SAT Reading: 660-740
  • Middle 50% SAT Math: 670-790
  • Middle 50% ACT Scores: 30-34


  • Reach


  • Early Decision I: November 1
  • ED I Notification: December 15
  • Early Decision II: January 1
  • ED II Notification: February 15
  • Regular Decision: January 1
  • Regular Notification: April 1

School Info

  • Schedule: Semester
  • Curriculum Type: Liberal Arts
  • Greek Life: Yes
  • Athletics: D3

Here’s everything you should know before you apply to New York University

Where is NYU?

NYU has three degree-granting campuses in major cities around the world: New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. This overview will focus on the New York City campus. New York University finds its home at the heart of one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the world; NYC. The school was founded as one that is “in and of the city,” and many NYU students consider NYC to be their campus. The New York City campus is home to 11 schools and colleges. Most of NYU’s buildings are scattered across downtown Manhattan, but the lively and iconic Washington Square Park is the center of NYU’s turf, offering a spot to watch street performers, picnic with friends, or even study when the weather’s too nice to be cooped up in a library. The New York University Tandon School of Engineering is the only school not in Manhattan. It’s located in Brooklyn’s MetroTech Center, one of the largest urban university-corporate parks in the United States.

What is the student body like?

The NYU Class of 2022 consists of 5,873 students. If there is one word that describes the NYU student body, it is diverse. Students hail from 49 states and 115 countries. International students make up a staggering 28% of the first-year class, the highest number of international students at an American university. 20% of students are first-generation college students, and 59% went to public high schools. In terms of racial diversity, the class of 2022 is 9% Black, 16% Asian, 21% Caucasian, 18% Hispanic/Latino, 4% Multiracial, 1% Native or Pacific Islander, and 4% Unknown.

In addition to having a lowering acceptance rate, the new classes are among the most diverse in NYUs history. The admitted class of 2024 is 9% African-American, and 18% Latinx, and 15% first generation.

Are NYU students successful?

At a school as big as NYU (undergrad enrollment: 26,981), you might expect the university to have some shortcomings in terms of support for students. However, this is far from the case. NYU’s six-year graduation rate is 85% and its four-year graduation rate is 82%, which is pretty high compared to the national average of 66% for private nonprofit universities. 95.2% of NYU Class of 2019 graduates were employed or enrolled in grad school within six months of graduation. The average starting salary of NYU graduates is $64,895.

What is NYU’s Acceptance Rate?

NYU’s acceptance rate has steadily dropped over the last three years. The acceptance rate for the Class of 2024 was 15%, almost half of what it was for the class of 2019, which was 31%.

How do I get into NYU?

The Common Application is required for students applying to any or all of NYU’s campuses (in New York, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai). Along with your Common App, students need to submit:

  • SAT or ACT
  • One of the following: IB Diploma, Three SAT Subject Test scores, Three AP Exam scores; or Three IB higher-level exam scores
  • Other international examinations (like the TOEFL or IELTS) for international students

Students applying to the Tisch School of the Arts or to study arts at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development must additionally submit an audition portfolio.

The median SAT score is 1500 and 30-34 for the ACT for the class of 2024. That doesn’t mean you can only get into NYU if your standardized test scores fall within that range. Rather, you have a better shot at getting in if your SAT/ACT scores are within or above that bracket.
NYU has three application rounds: Early Decision I (Deadline: 11/1), Early Decision II (Deadline: 1/1), and Regular Decision (Deadline: 1/1). Even though both Regular and Early Decision II have the same deadline, ED II applicants receive their results on February 15, whereas RD students receive them on April 1. Additionally, ED is a binding application, so if you apply and get accepted, you must attend NYU.

When is the NYU transfer application admission deadline? 

NYU accepts both fall and spring transfer students. To transfer to NYU for fall semester, students should submit their transfer application through the Common Application by April 1st. To transfer to NYU for the spring semester, students should apply by November 1st.

What can I study at NYU?

At NYU, the sky is really the limit. Between its many colleges—Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Tandon School of Engineering

Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Tisch School of the Arts, and the College of Arts and Sciences there are over 230 majors and minors. You can learn more about each of the colleges here. There are also special programs at NYU, such as Tandon’s BS/MS program, through which students can earn their Bachelors and Masters degree from NYU Tandon at a lower cost than pursuing both degrees separately. Tisch students can participate in special programs like creating digital games in New York City or producing a documentary film in Havana

How much does NYU cost?

The general cost of attendance for tuition and room and board at NYU is $78,744. However, tuition, fees, room and board, and other expenses vary by college. NYU does not require students to live on campus, so if you commute or live off-campus, your room and board may be lower, but your transportation costs would be higher. Depending on the school you plan to attend, you should look into the Tandon School of Engineering, Stern School of Business, or the Tisch School of the Arts to learn more about the cost of attendance. While most of the aid NYU awards is need-based, the university offers both need-based and merit-based scholarships. Need-based scholarships are offered on the basis of your parents’ income and assets, whereas merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your academic achievements.

What is student life like? 

Life for NYU students is unconventional in the sense that their campus is New York City. Even though there’s no gated, student-only campus, the city serves as an extension, not a roadblock, to NYU’s community. Members of the NYU community fill the restaurants, shops, and other local businesses, bringing the neighborhood to life with intellectual energy. 

As a culturally-rich city, New York has much to offer NYU students. Students have free access to a number of NYC museums (which also happen to be some of the best in the world). NYU itself has a vast gallery network across the city for students who prefer to experience art in a more intimate setting. NYU also runs three theaters where students can watch high-quality performances by their peers.