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Applications to NYU Exceed 75,000, Setting New Record


NYU Opens New, Larger Admissions Center to Accommodate Growth in Campus Visits

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NYU President Andrew Hamilton today announced that the University received a record-shattering 75,037 applicants for first-year admission, an increase of nearly 12% over last year.  This is the 11th year in a row of record-setting application numbers, and applications have roughly doubled during that period.  

NYU received more applications than any other private college or university in the U.S. using the Common Application. Approximately 6,500 students are expected to enroll at one of NYU’s three degree-granting campuses - in New York, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai - next fall.

The announcement comes as the University opens its new 7,400 sq. ft. Bonomi Family Admissions Center this month at 27 West 4th Street to accommodate requests for campus tours and information sessions that have grown substantially over the last 10 years.  NYU currently receives over 100,000 admissions visitors per year.  The new admissions center is expected to accommodate twice as many visitors as before; previously, visitors to campus had to RSVP for tours or information sessions as much two to three months in advance to secure space.

Dr. Hamilton said, “We are thrilled by how many young men and women want to be part of the NYU community.  These numbers tell an important story: that a global, urban, rigorous liberal arts education has a strong and growing appeal to young people.  From the vibrancy and diversity of urban settings to the access to internships to global learning and research opportunities, applicant to NYU know that the education they will receive here is particularly well shaped to prepare them for the widest range of 21st Century careers.  We look forward to the wonderful freshman class that will come from this group of applicants.”

Early Decision Numbers Track with Upward Trajectory: More students than ever before – roughly 11,000 - designated NYU as their first choice by filing an Early Decision application.  NYU has both an Early Decision I round (submission November 1; decision December 15), which was up 26%, and an Early Decision II round (submission January 1; decision February), which was up 22%

Expected Global Increases: Despite recent reports nationally about declines in international applicants, NYU expects to see an increase in applicants from abroad; however, additional work remains to be done with application data to develop final figures. All but a handful of countries in the world are represented in NYU’s applicant pool.