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About NYU

New York University is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in New York, New York. NYU was founded in 1831 and now enrolls around 52,775 students a year, including 27,444 undergrads. NYU provides on-campus housing for up to 11,554 students.

There are many ways for students to get involved at NYU! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of NYU's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? NYU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? NYU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? NYU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at NYU on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at NYU on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 5. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from NYU by April 1.

2021 NYU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 21%
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 64%
Tuition $52,204

Is NYU a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a clearer sense of what NYU offers and if it sounds like a good choice for you.

NYU Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into NYU. The acceptance rate at NYU is 21%. Last year, 80,210 students applied to NYU and 16,918 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at NYU

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at NYU, around 90% come back their sophomore year. Around 88% of students who started at NYU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook NYU Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

NYU's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. NYU's endowment was valued at $4.6 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, NYU spends about $34,174 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at NYU

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. NYU meets 62.2% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $41,094 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $27,676 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at NYU. Based on this information, how does NYU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is NYU a good school for you?

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Where is NYU?

NYU is located in the urban setting of New York, New York, less than an hour from New York City.

If you want to see NYU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take West Side Highway to New York, or book a flight to the nearest airport, John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what NYU and New York are like without leaving home.

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College Info

70 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012-1019

Campus Setting: Urban

NYU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to NYU is Jan 5.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to NYU is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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NYU ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to NYU is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into NYU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

NYU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1390 - 1510


Math SAT Range

700 - 800


Reading SAT Range

670 - 740

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1510 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for NYU students is 1439. Applicants with SAT scores of 1510 and above have a good chance of being admitted to NYU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1390 to 1510 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1390 have a low chance of being offered a spot at NYU.

NYU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at NYU is like? There are approximately 52,775 students enrolled at NYU, including 27,444 undergraduate students and 25,331 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 33% percent are from NY and 67% percent of students are from other states.


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