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NYU Receives Record Number of Freshman Applications

January 23, 2009
N-242, 2008-09

New York University today announced that it received the largest number of freshman applications in the University’s history. For the second year in a row, over 37,000 high school seniors applied to be NYU freshmen. Some 37,180 men and women applied for NYU’s class of 2013, an increase of 123 applications over last year, the previous record.

Since 1991, applications for freshman admission to NYU have nearly quadrupled. Over that time, NYU’s acceptance rate has declined from 65% to 25.3% for the freshmen who entered in fall 2008, making it among the most selective universities in the U.S.

The deadline for applications was January 1; applicants will be notified of NYU’s admissions decisions on April 1; those who are accepted must choose by May 1. Next fall’s freshman class will include some 4,400 young men and women.

The number of early decision applicants remained essentially steady this year at 2,987, compared to 2,993 early applicants last year. Early decision applicants will make up approximately 30% of fall 2009’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 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.

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