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Chances of getting into New York University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
21%
Admission Difficulty for New York University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into NYU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at NYU is 21%.  It ranks #8 in New York and #60 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. NYU is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 16,918 out of 80,210 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent (SAT 1370/1540 ACT 31/34). New York University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.71. 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The NYU application fee is $80 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to New York University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 65% of students submitted SAT scores and 36% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

NYU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1370-1540
Applicants Submitting SAT 
65%
SAT Scores for New York University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1370
SAT Scores for New York University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1540
Average SAT Score 1460

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to New York University?

New York University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 6 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1370 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1280. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1460 out of 1600. NYU ranks #4 in New York and #30 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 65 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

New York University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1540 and Above Good >34%
1455 to 1540 Avg + 21%-34%
1370 to 1455 Avg - 12%-21%
1285 to 1370 Reach 7%-12%
Less than 1285 Low <7%
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NYU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
31-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
36%
ACT Scores for New York University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for New York University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into NYU?

Admission data indicates that NYU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in New York and #50 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to New York University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

New York University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >38%
32 to 34 Avg + 21%-38%
31 to 32 Avg - 15%-21%
30 to 31 Reach 10%-15%
Less than 30 Low <10%
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NYU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.71
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into New York University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into NYU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at New York University was 3.71 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #18 in New York for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as NYU is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted New York University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 21.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 24.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 40.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 10.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 4.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 1.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

New York University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 47,821 32,389 80,210
Accepted 9,753 7,165 16,918
Acceptance Rate 20% 22% 21%
Enrolled 3,712 2,989 6,701
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 38% 42% 40%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to New York University is $80.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to New York University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

New York University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at New York University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=193900 IPEDS survey data for New York University.

FAQs

Does New York University prefer SAT or ACT?

65% of students submit their SAT scores to NYU. 36% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into New York University?

21% of those who apply are granted admission to NYU. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for New York University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1370 and 1540. 65% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for New York University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 36% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.