New York University: Acceptance Rate and Admission Statistics

Washington Square Park, New York City, USA
Washington Square Park at the center of the NYU campus. Alexander Spatari / Getty Images

New York University is a highly selective private university with an acceptance rate of just 28%. If you are considering applying to NYU, the SAT score, ACT score, and GPA information presented here can help you judge your admission chances.

Why New York University?

  • Location: New York, New York
  • Campus Features: Located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, NYU's campus occupies some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Housing is guaranteed for four years.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1
  • Athletics: The NYU Violets compete in the NCAA Division III University Athletic Association.
  • Highlights: NYU is one of the largest private universities in the country. The school offers over 230 fields of study and ranks among the top New York colleges. NYU has additional campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.

Acceptance Rate

For students entering in the 2017-18 academic year, New York University had an acceptance rate of 28%. This means that for every 100 applicants, 28 were admitted and 72 received rejection letters. NYU's admissions are highly selective and successful applicants tend to have academic measures that are well above average.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 64,007
Percent Admitted 28%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled 34%

SAT Scores and Requirements

New York University requires standardized test results from all applicants, and the most popular option is the SAT. For students who entered NYU in the 2017-18 academic year, 59% submitted SAT scores.

NYU SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 650 730
Math 640 760
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

The great majority of admitted NYU students have SAT scores that are in the top 20% of all test-takers. For the evidence-based reading part of the exam, 50% of admitted students scored between 650 and 730 with 25% scoring at or below 650. Students in the top quartile scored at or above 730. On the math section, the middle 50% of students scored between 640 and 760 with the lower 25% scoring at or below 640, and the top 25% scoring at or above 760. 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. If you compare SAT scores for top New York colleges, you'll see that only a few highly selective colleges—Columbia, Cornell, Hamilton, and Vassar—are more selective than NYU.


NYU does not require the SAT writing section. The university will super score the SAT, so applicants who have taken the exam more than once can use the College Board's Score Choice option to submit only their highest scores. Note that NYU does not require SAT Subject Tests, but applicants can choose to submit three subject test scores in place of scores from the regular SAT. Be sure to check out all of NYU's standardized testing options to figure out what approach will work best for you.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Among NYU's many standardized testing options, the ACT is quite popular. For students who entered the university in the 2017-18 academic year, 47% submitted ACT scores.

NYU ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 29 33
Math Not Reported Not Reported
Composite Not Reported Not Reported

New York University does not provide a breakdown of ACT scores for the math, English, and science sections of the exam, but the composite score data shows us that most of NYU's admitted students are in the top 9% of test-takers. The middle 50% of admitted students scored between 29 and 33, while the bottom 25% scored at or below a 29, and the top quartile scored at or above a 33.


NYU does not require the ACT writing exam. If you took the ACT more than once, NYU will take your highest scores from each section of the exam and create a new super-scored composite score for you.


NYU's Common Data Set from 2017-18 reveals that the average GPA of all first-time, first-year students was a 3.66. 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 were admitted with a GPA below 3.0, so high grades are clearly an extremely important part of a successful NYU application. In fact, 100% of admitted students ranked in the top 25% of their graduating class, and the great majority of admitted applicants are "A" students.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Graph of NYU Applicant's Self-Reported GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Data.
Graph of NYU Applicant's Self-Reported GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Data. Data courtesy of Cappex

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to NYU. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

New York University is highly selective with a low acceptance rate and standardized test scores that are well above average. To be admitted, you're most likely going to need the full package: "A" grades, high SAT/ACT scores, and impressive accomplishments outside of the classroom. You will notice from the graph above that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. NYU has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. Students who show some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't up to the ideal. Also, because NYU is a diverse, international university, many applicants are coming from countries that have different grading systems than U.S. schools.

The university is a member of the Common Application, a widely used application that provides plenty of opportunities for you to share information other than numerical grade and test score data. Letters of recommendation, the Common Application essay, and your extracurricular activities will all play a role in the admissions process. Students applying to the Steinhardt School or Tisch School of the Arts will have additional artistic requirements for admission. The university does not typically conduct interviews as part of the admissions process, although admissions staff may invite some candidates to interview if they feel a conversation would aid them in making an admissions decision.

Finally, like all selective colleges, New York University will be looking at the rigor of your high school curriculum, not just your grades. Success in challenging AP, IB, Honors, and Dual Enrollment classes can all improve your chances of being admitted, for these courses represent some of the best predictors of college success.

Sources: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and the New York University admissions website.