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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.

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Discussion of New York University's Admissions Standards:

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 2015, the university admitted less than a third of all applicants. 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 a 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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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.