New York University today announced that it received the largest number of freshman applications ever in the University’s history. Over 37,000 high school seniors applied to be part of the NYU class of 2012 this year, an increase of 2,899 applications - or 8.5% - above last year, and the largest pool of applications at any private college or university.
Since 1991, applications for freshman admission to NYU have nearly quadrupled. Over that time, NYU’s acceptance rate has declined from 65% to 29% for the freshmen who entered this fall, making it among the most selective universities in the U.S.
This year’s increase in applications is the largest year-to-year increase since 1999.
The deadline for applications was January 15th; applicants will be notified of NYU’s admissions decisions on April 1st; those who are accepted must choose by May 1st. Next fall’s freshman class will include some 4,200 young men and women.
The number of early decision applicants remained steady this year at 2,993, compared to 2,990 early applicants last year. Early decision applicants will make up approximately 28% of this fall’s freshman class.
New York University, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, was established in 1831 and is one of America’s leading research universities. It is one of the largest private universities in the US; it has one of the largest contingents of international students, and receives more freshman applications and sends more students to study abroad than any other college or university in the U.S. Through its schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and dramatic arts, music, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.