New York University is a highly selective private university located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. In 2017, NYU had an acceptance rate of just 28%. To see how you measure up, you can use this free tool from Cappex to calculate your chances of getting in.

NYU GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

NYU GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
NYU, New York University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

With its breadth of excellent academic programs and enviable location in New York City's Greenwich Village, New York University is a highly selective university that sends out far more rejections than acceptances. In the graph of admissions data above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The data reveal that the great majority of students who got into New York University have an unweighted GPA above a 3.3, an ACT composite score above 25, and a combined SAT score (RW+M) of 1200 or higher. The chances for admission look best for students with GPAs of 3.6 or better, ACT scores of 27 or better, and an SAT score of about 1300 or higher. With a few exceptions, successful applicants tend to be solid "A" students. Even with strong grades and test scores, applicants have no guarantee of being admitted as this graph of data for rejected students shows.

You'll notice 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 scoring 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.

New York University has two options for Early Decision (ED I with a November I deadline, and ED II with a January 1 deadline). These are binding options, so if you are admitted you are expected to attend. Apply Early Decision only if you are 100% sure that NYU is your top choice school. It is possible that applying Early Decision can improve your chances of being admitted for it is a strong way to demonstrate your interest in the university. 

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.

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If you want to learn more about NYU including the middle 50 percent ACT and SAT scores for admitted students, costs, financial aid information, and graduation rates, be sure to check out the NYU admissions profile. To see some of the sites around campus, you can explore with the NYU photo tour.

NYU's numerous strengths earned it a spot among the top New York colleges and top Middle Atlantic colleges.

If You Like New York University, You May also Like These Schools

Students who apply to NYU are often looking for a bustling private university in an urban area. some of the universities that are popular with NYU applicants include Boston University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago. Realize that some of these schools are even more selective than NYU, so you'll want to be sure to apply to a few places with a lower admissions bar to increase your chances of getting a few acceptance letters.

If you really want to stay in the New York City area, check out Columbia University (more selective than NYU) and Fordham University (less selective than NYU).

New York University—Admissions Data for Rejected Students

New York University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Rejected Students
New York University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Rejected Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

In the graph above, I've taken the Cappex admissions information and removed all the data points for accepted students to leave nothing but the red dots that represent rejected students. This graph shows how selective the university is: Many students with strong SAT and ACT scores as well as "A" averages in high school were rejected.

Even if you are a strong candidate for NYU, you should never consider it a safety school, and you might be wise to consider it a reach even if your grades and test scores are on target. 

See the NYU Profile to learn more about this prestigious urban university.