New York University (NYU)

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New York University can be found in New York, NY, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at NYU number over fifty thousand per year, and is one of the largest schools in the state.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to this school. A score in the range of 1350 - 1530 on the SAT exam, or 30 - 34 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the NYU average GPA ranges from 3.75 to 3.96 for accepted students. Only 16% of applicants are admitted to this school due to the large number of applicants for enrollment. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the NYU acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 20%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NYU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for New York University was reported as 16.2% in Fall 2020 with over 79,500 college applications submitted to NYU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • NYU ACT Scores: 30 - 34
  • NYU Average GPA: 3.75 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into New York University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to New York University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for NYU has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 31.9%
  • 2017-2018: 27.7%
  • 2018-2019: 20.0%
  • 2019-2020: 16.2%
  • Projected NYU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 19.9%

How Does NYU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for NYU is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
The New School57.3%
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College43.5%
Pace University-New York78.7%
Touro College69.4%
CUNY New York City College of Technology87.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NYU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading660 - 740
Math690 - 790
Total Score1350 - 1530
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score30 - 34
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