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NYU Admits Most Selective and Most Diverse Class in History

Acceptance rate dips below 20 percent, with highest ever proportion of underrepresented minorities.

After reading through more than 75,000 admissions applications for its campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai (a 12 percent increase over last year, and more than 100 percent increase over 2007), NYU has as of today notified 15,722 prospective students of their acceptance to NYU's class of 2022. For the first time in NYU history, the initial acceptance rate for students at the New York campus has dipped to 19 percent—from 28 percent last year and 35 percent five years ago.

Admission rate has decreased from 35% in 2013, 28% in 2017, to 19% in 2018

14 percent increase in Latinx students accepted

33 percent increase in African American students accepted

The NYU Class of 2022 is also the most diverse in NYU history, with a 33 percent increase in African American students accepted and a 14 percent increase in Latinx students accepted, making up 11 percent and 21 percent of the overall admitted population, respectively. No ethnic group makes up more than 23 percent of the total students admitted to the New York campus, or 21 percent of the total global class. First generation college students comprise 20 percent of the class, which will number approximately 6,500 for fall 2018 across all NYU campuses—roughly equal in size to last year's.

Running counter to national trends, NYU has also seen a significant increase —13 percent—in the number of international student applicants. Members of the class of 2022 hail from 128 countries and all 50 states.

Finally, NYU’s global class of 2022 also boasts a median SAT score of 1440, another record high.

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