NYU's Acceptance Rate Drops to Lowest in 16 Years


The University also admitted the largest percentage of African-American and Latino/a students in more than 16 years.

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After reading through more than 67,000 admissions applications for its campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai (a six percent increase over last year, and 96% increase over 10 years ago), NYU recently notified 18,520 young women and men of their acceptance to the University. The acceptance rate at NYU's New York campus—27 percent—is the lowest in at least 16 years (five years ago, NYU's acceptance rate was 35 percent).

NYU is projecting a freshman class of approximately 6,500 for fall 2017 across all its campuses—roughly equal to last year's.

Reflecting NYU’s global presence and commitment to diversity, other notable items include:

  • NYU admitted the largest percentage of international students in its history. A record number of international students applied this year—over 1,200 more than the year before—and they come from a record breaking 136 countries, as well as all 50 states.
  • NYU admitted the largest percentage of African-American and Latino/a students in at least 16 years.
  • Among admitted students, no ethnic group constituted more than 27 percent.
  • Some 17 percent of those admitted are first generation college-goers.

Congratulations to the NYU Class of 2021!

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