NYU SAT Scores and GPA

What are NYU's average SAT scores and GPA? In this guide, we'll discuss what scores are needed for you to get admitted into NYU. You'll also get to calculate your own chances with our admissions calculator.

Location: New York, NY

This school is also known as: New York University

NYU Admissions Statistics

There are three critical numbers when considering your admissions chances: SAT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate. All these combine to tell you what you scores are required to get into New York University.


Average SAT: 1382

The average SAT score composite at NYU is a 1382.

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NYU SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1290, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1490.

In other words, a 1290 places you below average, while a 1490 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute SAT requirement at NYU, but they really want to see at least a 1290 to have a chance at being considered.

Dwellers of New York who find that their score isn't quite what they need for NYU should consider our suggestions for tutoring in the NYC area.

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

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math697640760
Reading685650730
Composite138212901490

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Average GPA: 3.7

The average GPA at NYU is 3.7. This makes NYU Strongly Competitive for GPAs.

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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 a mix of A's and B's, with a leaning toward A's. If you took some AP or IB classes, this will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.

If you're a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change from this point on. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.7, you'll need a higher SAT score to compensate and show that you're prepared to take on college academics. This will help you compete effectively with other applicants.



Admissions Rate: 27.7%

The acceptance rate at NYU is 27.7%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, 27.7 are admitted.

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This means the school is quite selective. If you have strong academic scores, you have a great shot at getting in.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is quite selective, strong academic scores are critical to improving your chances of admission. If you're able to score a 1490 SAT or above, you'll have a very strong chance at getting in. But if you get a 1290 SAT or below, it'll be a steep uphill battle for you to get admitted.


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What are your chances of admission at New York University?
Chances of admission with these scores:

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Note: Your admission decision relies not only on your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but also on your coursework difficulty, extracurriculars, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. This tool provides only a simplistic estimate of your chances of admission. Instead of treating this tool as a crystal ball, we recommend you consider the big picture of what your chance means:
  • 80-100%: Safety school: Strong chance of getting in
  • 50-80%: More likely than not getting in
  • 20-50%: Lower but still good chance of getting in
  • 5-20%: Reach school: Unlikely to get in, but still have a shot
  • 0-5%: Hard reach school: Very difficult to get in
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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 ACT Avg
Brown University Providence, RI 1488 32
Tufts University Medford, MA 1475 33
Northeastern University Boston, MA 1445 33
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1415 31
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1405 32
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1399 30
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1385 28

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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 ACT Avg
Boston University Boston, MA 1380 31
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1361 29
Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA 1347 30
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1345 32
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1315 29
University of Washington Seattle, WA 1310 29
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1304 28

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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 ACT Avg
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1300 25
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1285 29
Chapman University Orange, CA 1270 27
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1269 28
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1260 27
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1250 28
University of California, Davis Davis, CA 1240 28

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