How to Get Into NYU: Acceptance Rate and Strategies

May 17, 2023

NYU acceptance rate, how to get into NYU

NYU has a reputation for world-class academics with an international flair. In fact, the 29,000+ undergraduates situated in Greenwich Village include the highest number of international students of any school in the U.S. as well as the greatest number of students who elect to study abroad as part of the college experience. It’s no wonder that between 1991 and 2000, applications to NYU rose 300% and the acceptance rate declined from 65% to 29%. The Class of 2027 acceptance rate hit an all-time low mark of 8%, as NYU is now among the nation’s most selective institutions. Given that the process of gaining acceptance into NYU becomes increasingly challenging with each passing year, this blog is designed to deepen your understanding of the following topics:

  • NYU’s acceptance rate for the Class of 2027
  • NYU ED acceptance rate
  • SAT, ACT, GPA and class rank of accepted NYU applicants
  • Admissions trends from the Class of 2027
  • The demographics of current NYU undergraduates
  • Yield rate
  • How NYU’s admissions officers evaluate candidates
  • Tips for applying to NYU
  • How to approach the NYU supplemental essay
  • How to assess whether applying to NYU is even worth the $80 application fee (for you)

Let’s begin with an examination of the most recent admissions data.

NYU Acceptance Rate – Class of 2027

The school received almost 120,000 applications for its 2023-24 freshman class. The NYU acceptance rate was 8%, an all-time low for the university. Historical NYU acceptance rates reveal a sharp decline in recent years.

  • NYU Acceptance Rate Class of 2026: 12.2%
  • NYU Acceptance Rate Class of 2025: 12.8%

For further perspective, in 2015, the acceptance rate was 31%

NYU Tisch Acceptance Rate:

NYU does not publish an official Tisch acceptance rate. However, it is understood to be fairly consistent with the overall acceptance rate at NYU.

NYU Stern Acceptance Rate:

According to the most recent official statistics, the NYU Stern acceptance rate is 6.6%. However, based on statements made by the University, we believe that this fell below the 5% for the Class of 2027.

NYU ED Acceptance Rate 

While the university is rather secretive about ED I and ED II acceptance rates, the most recent available data suggests that those who apply ED have approximately 2-3 times the acceptance rate of those who apply in the regular round.

Class of 2026 SAT, ACT, GPA and Class Rank

Of those invited to join the Class of 2027, the median SAT score was 1540, also a school record. The enrolled members of the Class of 2026 possessed a mid-50% SAT score of 1450-1570 and an ACT range of 32-35. The average unweighted GPA for entering freshmen was 3.8. An incredible 95% of students placed in the top 10% of their graduating classes.

Admissions Trends & Notes – (Class of 2027)

  • Admitted students possessed a median SAT of 1540.
  • There is no racial majority expected in this highly-diverse Class of 2027.
  • 19% of those invited to join the 2023-24 freshman class were first-generation students.
  • Students from all 50 U.S. states and 86 countries were offered a place in the Class of 2027.
  • Three of the undergraduate colleges accepted fewer than 5% of applicants.


Let’s look at the demographics of current undergraduates:

Geographically, current students include the following:

  • 50 U.S. states were represented.
  • Freshmen hailed from 110 countries around the globe.

The following states send the most undergraduates to the University:

  1. New York City
  2. California
  3. New Jersey
  4. Florida
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Texas
  8. Illinois
  9. Maryland
  10. Connecticut

As with all selective colleges, those from lower-populated, more remote areas of the country (e.g. Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho) enjoy a boost to their admissions prospects.

Looking at ethnic identity, the breakdown of the students is as follows:

  • Asian American: 19%
  • Hispanic: 17%
  • African American: 8%
  • International: 24%
  • White: 22%
  • White: 9%

A look at the breakdown by gender of all current undergraduate students reveals far more women than men:

  • Male: 42%
  • Female: 58%

The breakdown of current undergraduates by type of high school is as follows:

  • Public: 59%
  • Private: 18%
  • Outside of US: 13%
  • Parochial: 9%

Yield Rate 

NYU’s yield rate was 49% last year. For comparison, schools like Stanford, Harvard are typically over 80%, and the University of Chicago, MIT, and Yale all sport 70%+ yield rates. NYU usually finishes in the company of schools like Vanderbilt, Rice, and Carnegie Mellon.

How NYU Rates Applicants

There are five factors that NYU ranks as being “very important” to their admissions process: 1) rigor of secondary school record, 2) class rank, 3) GPA, 4) standardized test scores, and 5) talent/ability. The four factors rated as “important” are: 1) application essays, 2) recommendations, 3) extracurricular activities, and 4) character/personal qualities. NYU merely “considers”: interviews, first-generation status, legacy status, geographical residence, racial/ethnic status, volunteer experience, work experience, and the level of an applicant’s interest.

As for what NYU is looking for in its future students, the admissions office states that “NYU students are future Oscar winners, budding entrepreneurs, and ground-breaking scientists.” If you aren’t destined for worldwide fame, fear not—NYU is looking to put together a genuinely diverse class with a wide array of skills and experiences. In their own words: “There are no formulas to making admissions decisions; NYU seeks a mix of students who have a variety of interests, talents, and goals.”

Tips for Applying 

If you plan on joining the 120,000 NYU hopefuls for the next admissions cycle, you should know the following:

  • NYU only offers interviews for applicants to the Tisch School of the Arts. These interviews are held in-person, in New York. For advice on what types of questions you should be prepared to answer/ask, visit our blog—College Interview Tips.
  • NYU does consider “demonstrated interest” so it is important to make contact with the admissions office, connect through social media, and visit campus or meet NYU reps at college fairs near you.
  • Make sure to dedicate sufficient time and effort to the supplemental essay required by NYU. In the 2022-23 cycle, there was only one prompt, but it’s an important one!

The Supplemental essay prompt is as follows:

We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. What motivated you to apply to NYU? Why have you 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 also tell us why you are interested in these additional areas of study or campuses. We want to understand – Why NYU? (400 word maximum) 

The key to tackling this 400-word essay is to do your homework on the college/department to which you are applying. It is essentially asking you: “Why NYU?” One NYU admissions officer gave the following tidbit of supplemental essay advice:

“We’re looking for personal, academic, and university fit. NYU is an incredibly diverse/huge/global/intimate/unique/complex place, and we don’t expect you to know every single thing about it! Even we admissions counselors (and some of us, alums!) don’t pretend to be all-knowing wizards of the university. When we review your applications, we’re looking not only for academically-prepared students, but those who will take advantage of the plethora of opportunities NYU provides at any of our three degree-granting campuses.”

For a detailed look at how to tackle this essay, visit our blog entitled: NYU Supplemental Essay Prompt and Tips.

Should I Apply?

While the university grows more competitive each year, they continue to seek a highly-diverse student body with a healthy percentage of first-generation, underrepresented minority, and low-income students. If none of these categories apply to you, you will likely need to possess SAT scores and grades closer to the 75th percentile of all enrolled students. Applying early decision (ED I or ED II) can definitely give you an edge if you find yourself “on the cusp” from an admissions standpoint. Due to a lower yield rate than the Ivy League and many other elite schools, NYU is happy to lock down stellar applicants via the early rounds.

All college-bound teens need to make sure that they formulate an appropriate college list, containing a complement of “target” and “safety” schools. You’ll definitely want to do this in conjunction with an admissions professional (including your own high school counselor).