New York University today announced that it has received 33,683 applications for freshman admission in the fall of 2005, the second largest number of applications in its history. Since 1991, applications for freshman admission to NYU have more than tripled. Over that time, NYU’s acceptance rate has declined from 65% to 28% for the freshman who entered this fall, making it among the most selective universities in the U.S. NYU receives more applications for freshman admission than any other private university.

This year’s number of applications was very similar to last year’s — 33,683 in 2005 vs. 33,808 last year – differing by less than half a percentage point. This year’s applicants have the highest average SAT scores of any group in the University’s history.

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 4,100 young men and women.

There were just under 3,300 early decision applications this year, up 12.3% from 2004. The average SAT score of early decision applicants was higher than last year; overall, there were more applicants in the higher SAT cohorts, and fewer in the lower cohorts. Early decision applicants will make up about one-third of the 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, it has one of the largest contingents of international students, and it sends more students to study abroad than any other college or university in the U.S. Through its 14 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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