NYU Requirements for Admission

What are NYU's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into NYU and build a strong application.

School location: New York, NY

This school is also known as: New York University


Admissions Rate: 35%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at NYU is 35%. For every 100 applicants, 35 are admitted.

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This means the school is very selective. If you meet NYU's requirements for GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and other components of the application, you have a great shot at getting in. But if you fall short on GPA or your SAT/ACT scores, you'll have a very low chance of being admitted, even if you meet the other admissions requirements.


NYU GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.7

The average GPA at NYU is 3.7.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.7, NYU requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes. This will show that you're able to handle more difficult academics than the average high school student.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.7, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.


SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to NYU. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.

NYU SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 2016 (New: 1410)

The average SAT score composite at NYU is a 2016 on the old 2400 SAT scale.

On the new 1600 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1410.

This score makes NYU Strongly Competitive for SAT test scores.

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NYU SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1320, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1500. In other words, a 1320 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1500 will move you up to above average.

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Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math710650760
Reading353337
Writing363437
Composite141013201500

NYU SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)

The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1860, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 2170. In other words, a 1860 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 2170 puts you well above average.

Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math682630740
Reading663610710
Writing671620720
Composite201618602170

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

NYU has the Score Choice policy of "Contact School."

This means that the school wants you to contact them to learn more about their Score Choice policies. Keep reading - we may have extra notes about this from our own expert research.


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NYU ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, NYU likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 30

The average ACT score at NYU is 30. This score makes NYU Strongly Competitive for ACT scores.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 28, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 32.

Even though NYU likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 28 or below, you'll have a very hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 30 and above that a 28 will look academically weak.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 32 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

However, from our research, NYU is understood to superscore the ACT. We couldn't confirm it directly from the school's admissions website, but multiple sources confirm that the school does superscore the ACT. We recommend you call their admissions office directly for more information.

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Superscoring is powerful to your testing strategy, and you need to make sure you plan your testing accordingly. Of all the scores that NYU receives, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all ACT test dates you submit.

Click below to learn more about how superscoring critically affects your test strategy.

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For example, say you submit the following 4 test scores:

English Math Reading Science Composite
Test 1 32 16 16 16 20
Test 2 16 32 16 16 20
Test 3 16 16 32 16 20
Test 4 16 16 16 32 20
Superscore 32 32 32 32 32

Even though the highest ACT composite you scored on any one test date was 20, NYU will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 20 to 32 in this example.

This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and NYU forms your Superscore, you can take the ACT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.

Therefore, if your ACT score is currently below a 32, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the ACT and retaking it. You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.

Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the ACT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will surely give you the highest Superscore possible.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.

NYU requires you to take the SAT/ACT Writing section. They'll use this as another factor in their admissions consideration.


SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

NYU requires SAT Subject Tests if you're submitting an SAT score, not an ACT score. If you submit an ACT score with Writing, you do not need SAT subject tests.

Typically, your SAT/ACT and GPA are far more heavily weighed than your SAT Subject Tests. If you have the choice between improving your SAT/ACT score or your SAT Subject Test scores, definitely choose to improve your SAT/ACT score.


Our Expert's Notes

We did more detailed research into this school and found the following information.

NYU has an interesting flexible testing requirement. They offer the following equivalent options for testing, of which you only need ONE:

  • The SAT Reasoning Test; or
  • The ACT with Writing Test; or
  • Three SAT Subject Test scores; or
  • Three AP exam scores; or
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma; or
  • Three IB higher-level exam scores (if you are not an IB Diploma candidate)

Because NYU is a competitive school, and they still use these test scores to compare you to other applicants, we recommend you still take the SAT or ACT. However, in the case that your SAT/ACT score is dramatically worse than the other options, you can submit those in lieu of the SAT/ACT.

If you're submitting only SAT Subject Test, AP, or IB scores, not ethere are extra restrictions. You must submit:

  • One literature or humanities score;
  • One math or science score;
  • And a score from one test of the student's choice in any subject.

For applicants to the Stern School of Business, one of the exams above must be in mathematics. For applicants to the Polytechnic School of Engineering, the exams above must include: one literature or humanities score; one math score; and one science score.

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Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is very selective, strong academic scores are critical to improving your chances of admission. If you're able to score a 2170 SAT or a 32 ACT or above, you'll have a very strong chance at getting in.

For a school as selective as NYU, rounding out the rest of your application will also help. We'll cover those details next.

But if you apply with a score below a 2170 SAT or a 32 ACT, you unfortunately have a low chance of getting in. There are just too many other applicants with high SAT/ACT scores and strong applications, and you need to compete against them.



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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of NYU here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Accepted
  • Universal Application Not accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Required for all freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation 1
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $70
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
  • Other Notes Audition or a portfolio for some specific programs recommended for some freshmen

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT Required
  • SAT or ACT Writing Required
  • SAT Subject Tests Replace ACT
  • Scores Due in Office

Coursework Requirements

  • Subject Required Years
  • English 4
  • Math 3
  • Science 3
  • Foreign Language 3
  • Social Studies 3
  • History 3
  • Electives

Deadlines and Early Admissions

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    • Offered? Deadline Notification
  • Regular Admission
    • Yes January 1 April 1
  • Early Action
    • No
  • Early Decision
    • Yes November 1, January 1 December 15, February 15

Admissions Office Information

Our Expert's Notes

We did more detailed research into this school's admissions process and found the following information:

NYU has two early decision deadlines: November 1 (December 15 notification) and January 1 (February 15 notification), as well as regular decision (January 1). Both early decision options are binding, so only select them if NYU is your top choice.

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Other Schools For You

If you're interested in NYU, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to NYU.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are more selective and have higher scores than NYU. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1500 2160 32
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1490 2150 32
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 1450 2085 32
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1450 2080 31
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 1450 2078 32
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1420 1376 30
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 1440 2060 32

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for NYU, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1440 2050 32
Emory University Atlanta, GA 1430 2046 31
Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA 1370 1315 30
Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX 1370 1948 29
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 1370 1947 29
Boston University Boston, MA 1370 1946 29
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1370 1940 31

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for NYU, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If NYU is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1360 1929 29
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1340 1898 28
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1330 1874 27
American University Washington, DC 1320 1858 28
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1310 1849 28
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1310 1846 28
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1300 1839 28

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