NYU Acceptance Rate Class of 2022

Last Updated on August 4, 2022

NYU is not an Ivy League university, but it is often considered on par with the Ivies due to its academics, research, and athletic prestige. In fact, NYU was once part of the Ivy League—it became the first member of what would become the Ivy League in 1853, when it became Columbia University’s (then known as Columbia College) sister institution under the name University of the City of New York.

Instead, NYU is part of a larger consortium called the Association of American Universities (AAU). This organization consists of 61 public and private research universities in North America. The eight Ivy League schools are all members of this group, as well as Stanford and Johns Hopkins. Some other notable AAU schools include Duke, Georgetown, UCLA, USC, MIT, and Emory.

But NYU isn’t just content to be in a group with other top schools—it also has global goals. The university has started campuses all over the world: NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai were founded in 2010; NYU Tel Aviv opened its doors in 2013; and a new campus will open in Paris in 2018. Additionally, there are currently more than 50 study away sites around the world where students can spend a semester or more as part of their degree

Acceptance Rate Drops to 19 Percent for the Class of 2022

The acceptance rate for the NYU Class of 2022 fell to a record low of 19 percent after admissions decisions were released this Thursday.

The university extended offers of admission to 15,722 prospective students, after reviewing a record 75,037 applications for first-year admission into the Class of 2022. The acceptance rate for students at the New York campus has never before fallen below 20 percent.

This is down from 27 percent last year and 30 percent the year before.  

Despite the record low acceptance rate, the university describes the incoming class as the most diverse in the university’s history with a 33 percent and 14 percent hike in the number of accepted African-American and Latinx students, respectively.

NYU spokesperson and Director of Executive Communications Shonna Keogan said this diversity reflects the university’s goal to be accessible to students of all demographics.

“NYU’s ongoing efforts to attract the best and brightest students in the world are continuing to pay off,” Keogan wrote in an email to WSN. “The combined talent and diversity of the students admitted to NYU’s Class of 2022 are a testament to NYU’s enhanced global reputation and investment in influential faculty, as well as the desire of bold high school students to be a part of an inclusive, urban campus experience that isn’t confined by walls or time zones.”

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NYU Acceptance Rate Class Of 2022

Dean of Admissions Shawn Abbott declined to comment until the Office of Public Affairs issues another press release in the coming days.

If you want to go to NYU, you’ll need to make sure your application is strong enough to stand out from the crowd of other applicants. NYU’s acceptance rate is falling every year, so you’ll need all parts of your application to be competitive if you hope to be admitted to NYU.

In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to get into NYU. First, we’ll talk about how hard it is to get into NYU in the first place, taking a look at the average test scores and grades of admitted applicants. Next, we’ll discuss NYU’s admissions requirements and essays. Finally, we’ll give tips to teach you how to get into NYU.

How hard is it to get into NYU?

NYU has been getting more and more competitive over recent years. In 2019, NYU’s acceptance rate fell to a record low: 16%. That means that NYU admits 16 out of every 100 applicants.

An acceptance rate of just 16% means that NYU is highly selective – and getting even more so. Just a few years ago, NYU’s acceptance rate was about 35%, meaning that it has fallen by nearly half in a short time. Each subsequent year, NYU admits a smaller and smaller percentage of students (in 2018 they admitted 19% of applicants), meaning that the acceptance rate for the Class of 2024 may be even more competitive than 2023’s was.

What is NYU looking for in its Students?

NYU prizes diversity: it has the highest number of international students in the United States and students from all 50 states in the US. In 2018, 28% of NYU’s incoming freshmen class was from outside of the US.

NYU also sends more students abroad than any other American university, so it’s safe to say that the university values exposing its students to other cultures and ways of life. With satellite campuses in fourteen different countries around the world, NYU has unparalleled opportunities to broaden your horizons.

While the university prizes diversity, it’s equally clear that NYU prizes strong academics and hard work. While acceptance rates reached a record low this year, the average test scores of admitted students reached a record high, meaning that incoming students are exceptionally well-qualified, too.

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Can You Apply to NYU Early?

NYU offers early decision to applicants that are certain NYU is the right school for them.

If you apply for early decision admission, and are admitted under the early decision notification, you are expected to enroll at NYU. In addition, you’ll have to withdraw your applications from other schools, and you cannot submit new applications.

Early decision offers to NYU are binding, unless you don’t receive enough financial aid to be able to attend. If you don’t get into NYU during the early decision period, you won’t be able to apply again regular decision.

NYU offers two early decision dates: November 1 and January 1. Students who apply at the November 1 deadline receive their decision on December 15; students who apply on January 1 learn on February 15.

It can pay off to apply early to NYU. For the Class of 2021, for instance, the overall admissions rate was roughly 28% while early decision candidates were admitted at a rate of roughly 38%. That means that you have a statistically higher chance of getting admitted to NYU early than you do as a regular decision candidate – provided, of course, that your application is strong.

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NYU Application Deadlines and Requirements

NYU has three degree-granting campuses: New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. The admissions process is the same for all three schools.

In order to apply as a first-year at NYU, you must be either:

  • Currently in high school, even if taking college courses, or
  • Participating in a dual-enrollment program, even if you’re earning enough credits for an associate’s degree, or
  • Graduated with a GED or high school diploma equivalency test and not enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Common Application and have a recommendation from your guidance counselor and up to two teachers. NYU doesn’t accept the Coalition or Universal applications. You’ll also need to send in your official high school transcripts and official transcripts for any college-level work you’ve completed.

If you’re applying to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Tisch School of the Arts, you’ll need to complete an audition or submit a portfolio of work in place of standardized testing.

Steinhardt requires an audition or portfolio for all applicants to the Music Department with the exception of Educational Theatre, and a portfolio for those applying to Studio Art.

Tisch requires an audition or portfolio for applicants to all programs with the exception of Interactive Media Arts.

If you didn’t apply to Steinhardt or Tisch, you’ll need to submit your standardized test scores.

Regular decisions applicants must submit their applications by January 1 and are notified on April 1.

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What GPA do I need to get into NYU

Most students admitted to NYU have an unweighted GPA of 3.7 or higher, which means that you’ll want to achieve at least a 3.7 to be seriously considered as an applicant.

In order to achieve a 3.7, you’ll need to earn mostly A’s and A-’s on your coursework. If your GPA is below 3.7, you can try to make up for that on other parts of your application, like your test scores or your portfolio, if you’re applying to Tisch or Steinhardt.

What test scores do I need to get into NYU?

NYU requires that you submit standardized test scores unless you’re applying to Steinhardt or Tisch, where your portfolio can take the place of test scores.

NYU accepts a wide variety of test scores, though most students submit SAT or ACT scores.Here’s the full breadth of scores NYU accepts:

  • SAT; or
  • ACT; or
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma; or
  • Three (3) SAT Subject Test scores; or
  • Three (3) AP Exam scores; or
  • Three (3) IB higher-level exam scores if not an IB Diploma candidate; or
  • Other international examinations that show you completed, or if submitting predicted results show you will complete, your secondary education. You can find more information on these international examinations here.

For this article, we’ll focus mainly on SAT and ACT scores, since those are what the majority of applicants submit.

While NYU doesn’t have cut offs for SAT or ACT scores, you’ll need to make sure your scores are competitive with the average scores of admitted applicants. Let’s take a look at those.

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What SAT Scores Do I Need to Get Into NYU?

As NYU’s acceptance rate lowers, the average SAT score of admitted applicants rises. The Class of 2023 tied with the highest average SAT composite score yet: 1440. The average Math score was 730, and the average reading score was 700.

This means you’ll need to score at (or very near) 1440 to be considered competitive with your fellow applicants.

NYU does superscore the SAT, so that means if you take the SAT multiple times, they’ll use the highest score in each section across all your test dates.

What ACT Scores Do I Need to Get Into NYU?

NYU’s average ACT score is also rising. The average ACT score of admitted applicants to NYU is 32.

Even though NYU likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 29 or below, you’ll have a hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 32 and above that a 29 will look academically weak.

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NYU Application Essays

You’ll need to submit both the regular Common App materials as well as an NYU supplement, which includes a short essay, for your NYU application.

The NYU essay prompt asks you to answer the simple question: why do you want to go to NYU?

Here’s the text of the prompt in full:

We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or programs to which you have applied. You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU’s global network; regardless, we want to understand – Why NYU?

The essay has a 400 word limit, which means that you have space to really expand on what specifically attracts you to NYU.

While you should make it clear why you want to attend NYU with your essay, you don’t need to agonize for hours over it. Ultimately, other parts of your application (including your test scores and grades/course rigor, and letters of recommendation) are more important factors to your acceptance. You just need to show that you’ve done at least a little research into NYU and why you want to apply there in particular.

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Tips for getting into NYU

It’s difficult to get into NYU… and it’s getting more difficult every year! If you want to be admitted to NYU this year, follow these key tips for how to get into NYU.

#1: Reflect NYU’s Values

NYU values diversity and providing its students with a truly global experience. If you want your application to stand out, you can talk about a.) how these values are important to you, too, and b.) how you’ll take advantage of this policy when you go to NYU.

You can talk about this as part of your why NYU essay. Be sure to have concrete examples of how you’ll engage with this mindset – don’t just say it would be fun to go party in another country, have specific programs, classes or experiences in mind.

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#2: Polish Your Application

As NYU gets more and more competitive, you’ll need to put more and more effort into making your application equally competitive. Your test scores should meet or exceed the average scores of admitted applicants, as should your grades.

Ask for letters of recommendation from teachers who really know you and your work to give an idea of why NYU can’t live without you.

#3: Wow With Your Portfolio

If you’re applying to Steinhardt or Tisch, your portfolio needs to be stellar. Pick examples of your work that showcase your specific talents and individuality. Your portfolio should have a point-of-view and personality – don’t submit generic work that could be attributed to anyone.

#4: Have a Spike

When you’re applying to college, it’s tempting to seem well-rounded and interested in all the things.

Don’t do that.

Your application won’t stand out if you’re mediocre in band, on the track team, and on student council. It will stand out if you travel to Japan to perform with a world-class performance ensemble or qualify for the Olympic trials in shot put.

When your focus is on one thing, you’ll be better at it than if you have to split your time and attention.

What’s Next?

  • Looking for application tips for other selective schools? 
  • Should you apply early or regular decision to college?
  • College admissions get more and more competitive every year, so you want to present yourself with the best application you can. 

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NYU Admits Most Selective and Most Diverse Class in History

Acceptance rate dips below 20 percent, with highest ever proportion of underrepresented minorities.

After reading through more than 75,000 admissions applications for its campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai (a 12 percent increase over last year, and more than 100 percent increase over 2007), NYU has as of today notified 15,722 prospective students of their acceptance to NYU’s class of 2022. For the first time in NYU history, the initial acceptance rate for students at the New York campus has dipped to 19 percent—from 28 percent last year and 35 percent five years ago.

The NYU Class of 2022 is also the most diverse in NYU history, with a 33 percent increase in African American students accepted and a 14 percent increase in Latinx students accepted, making up 11 percent and 21 percent of the overall admitted population, respectively. No ethnic group makes up more than 23 percent of the total students admitted to the New York campus, or 21 percent of the total global class. First generation college students comprise 20 percent of the class, which will number approximately 6,500 for fall 2018 across all NYU campuses—roughly equal in size to last year’s.

Running counter to national trends, NYU has also seen a significant increase —13 percent—in the number of international student applicants. Members of the class of 2022 hail from 128 countries and all 50 states.

Finally, NYU’s global class of 2022 also boasts a median SAT score of 1440, another record high.

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