12th Year of Record-Setting Applications

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NYU today announced that the University had received a record-shattering 84,481 applications for first-year admission this fall, an increase of 12% compared to last year.  This is the 12th year in a row of record-setting application numbers, and applications have more than doubled during that period.  This record increase in applications is spread across all of NYU’s undergraduate schools, which underscores the fact that the NYU brand is growing stronger in every field of study.

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.

NYU President Andrew Hamilton said, “There are important lessons to be inferred from the remarkable growth in applications to NYU over the last dozen years: young people are eager for a rigorous liberal arts education that builds on the vibrancy and diversity of urban settings and that gives them access to internships and global learning and research opportunities.  They want to be prepared for the challenges and careers of the 21st century, and they rightly believe that across a wide span of human endeavor, NYU can prepare them for it.  I look forward to next fall when I will welcome the outstanding freshman class that will emerge from this group of applicants.”

NYU is the first choice of more students: More students than ever before – over 14,000 – 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 41%, and an Early Decision II round (submission January 1; decision February), which was up 17%.

Continued Global Increases: Potential students apply to NYU from every corner of the globe in increasing numbers, helping NYU again to buck the trend reported by other schools of declining international interest. Based on an initial review of the applications, over 23,000 come from outside the United States, almost 14% more than last year’s record.  NYU’s international atmosphere attracted applications from 126 distinct nations this year, led by China, India, and South Korea.

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