Admissions & Graduation

Admissions in 2015:

  • Applications for freshman doubled – from 29,200 in 2002 to over 60,000
  • Ranked #1 in the nation in Early Decision applications with over 7,700—surpassing Stanford, the perennial Early Decision leader
  • From 2002 to 2015:
    • Average student SAT scores rose from 1300 to 1346
    • The number of entering freshmen who achieved a score of 1500 or greater on the test more than doubled between 2002 and 2015
    • The average ACT score rose from 28 in 2002 to 30 in 2015
    • Marked the 8th straight year of a record number of total applications


  • The six-year graduation rate rose from 77% in 2002 to 85% in 2012
Student Graduating

Financial Aid

Undergraduate Financial Aid

  • Undergraduate financial aid increased to $284 million in 2015, up from $106 million 10
    years ago.
  • The average grant for incoming freshmen has more than tripled in the past 10 years – from approximately $8,900 to over $30,000
  • Over the last five years, the average student debt upon graduation declined by 30 percent; it is lower than the national average.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Instituted a series of financial aid reforms for fully-funded PhD students, including:

  • Fully-funded PhD students are now on pure fellowship (no required teaching, grading, or other graduate duties), receiving full tuition scholarship, payment of health care premiums, and
    a stipend
  • Those who choose to teach are paid at the adjunct professor rate over and above their full financial aid package

Increased Diversity

The Class of 2019 has:

  • At 20%, the highest percentage of Latino/as and African-Americans in NYU history — twice the percentage of 10 years ago
  • 22% who are Pell-eligible (overall, there are about 5,300 Pell undergraduates at NYU – far more than at most peer schools)
  • 20% who are the first in their family to attend college
  • 20% who are international students, up from 4% in 2002.