This week more than 6,000 NYU freshmen—the largest freshman class in NYU’s history— will start classes.

NYU welcomes class of 2020.

This week more than 6,000 NYU freshmen—the largest freshman class in NYU’s history— will start classes. Some key facts about the Class of 2020:

Record number of applicants (includes New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai campuses): More than 63,000 students applied for first-year admission to NYU’s Class of 2020, which marks the ninth year in a row of record applicants.

  • A record-breaking 8,000 students applied for early decision admission.

New York campus alone:

First-time college goers: 19 percent of the freshman class are expected to be the first generation in their families to receive a university degree.

More diversity: This year’s class includes:

  • 21 percent are international students holding citizenship from countries outside the United States with 86 countries represented. NYU enrolls more international students than any other school in America.
  • Largest African American class*—double the percentage NYU had 10 years ago.
  • Largest Latino/a class—double the percentage at NYU 10 years ago.
  • 48 states are represented in the Class of 2020.

Pell-eligible students: 21 percent of the Class of 2020 are students that are Pell-eligible—one of the highest percentages among our peer universities.

Financial aid—helping students who have financial need:

  • Increased grant aid: NYU’s institutional grant aid budget for undergraduates is more than $322 million this year, up from $106 million 10 years ago.
  • Helping undocumented students: As part of our pilot program announced two years ago, this is the second class in which institutional scholarship aid is offered to NY State undocumented students on par with US students.
  • Largest HEOP program: NYU remains the largest Higher Education Opportunity Program at a private institution in New York State, with approximately 135 incoming freshmen receiving significant scholarship support, full need packaging, and academic support services provided by both NYU and NY State.
  • New full scholarships for business students: NYU Stern will welcome more than 20 Scholars -- high-achieving, low-income freshmen who will attend the NYU Stern School of Business Undergraduate College on scholarships that meet the full need of the family, with the vast majority covering full tuition and board.

* Note: IPEDS changed their ethnicity definitions in 2011

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