NYU Marks 10 Straight Years of Record Applications


Applications Are Up Six Percent Over Last Year

NYU's applications are up six percent over last year.
NYU's applications are up six percent over last year.

NYU today announced that a record-breaking 67,232 students applied for first-year admission to its Class of 2021, a six percent increase from last year marking the 10th year in a row of record application volume.  NYU received more applications than any other independent research university in America using the Common Application.

More students than ever before – over 9,000 - designated NYU as their first choice by filing an Early Decision application. All but a handful of countries in the world are represented in NYU’s applicant pool. A record-tying 27% of NYU’s applicants are from international students.

NYU now receives nearly 32,000 more applications than it did a decade ago.

The popularity of NYU's campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai continues to grow, with a four percent increase in students requesting to be considered for admission to NYU Abu Dhabi and a two percent increase in students requesting to be considered for admission to NYU Shanghai.

“It’s an astonishing number of students to apply to any university; at NYU, our sense is that the combination of a world-class education in a world-class city fuels a draw to NYU like no other,” said Shawn Abbott, Dean of Admissions. “It’s a testament to the vision of our founders that the new sort of university they sought to create in 1831 – in and of the city, more accessible, focused using learning to engage the world – is still so appealing.   Clearly today’s students understand more than ever how NYU’s combination of a demanding education in a diverse, urban setting with unrivaled global opportunities will enable them to succeed in the 21st century and be involved in shaping the world in a successful, positive way.” 

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