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Your chances of getting into New York University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for New York University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at NYU is 13%.  Its admission rate is the 6th lowest in New York and the 40th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into NYU and can you get accepted?

NYU is a very highly competitive school to get into. You have a low chance of acceptance even if you meet the admission criteria. It's important that you meet their GPA requirements to get through the first round of consideration. Last year, only 12,380 out of the 95,517 who applied were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 2 percent on standardized admission tests. New York University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.79. 49% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into NYU?

13% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to New York University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.79 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1510 on the SAT
  • Score 33 on the ACT
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into New York University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into NYU are to have around a 3.79 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough for you to gain admission as NYU is a very selective school.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at NYU is 3.79 on the 4.0 scale. 27% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #12 in New York for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since NYU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted New York University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 27.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 38.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 26.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 7.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 2.0% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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NYU SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to New York University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 23% of students submitted SAT scores and 9% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for New York University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 700
Math 25th Percentile 750
Composite 25th Percentile 1450
SAT Scores for New York University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 770
Math 75th Percentile 800
Composite 75th Percentile 1570
Average SAT Score 1510

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to New York University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at NYU is 1510 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1450-1570. Students who get into New York University score in the top 2 percent of all SAT test takers..  NYU ranks #2 in the state of New York and #21 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1510 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. NYU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1450 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1450, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1390, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

New York University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1510 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1510, you have around a 13% chance of being admitted. A 1570 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 22% chance of getting in.

New York University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1570 and Above Good >22%
1510 to 1570 Avg + 13%-22%
1450 to 1510 Avg - 7%-13%
1390 to 1450 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1390 Low <4%
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NYU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for New York University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 32
ACT Scores for New York University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 35
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into NYU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to NYU is 33, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 32 and 35.  The school ranks #7 in New York and #41 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 33. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 32 and score in the score in the top 3 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 30.

9 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to New York University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as New York University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into NYU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 33 score has around 13% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 26% with a 35 ACT score.

New York University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >26%
33 to 35 Avg + 13%-26%
32 to 33 Avg - 9%-13%
31 to 32 Reach 6%-9%
Less than 31 Low <6%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

New York University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 58,921 36,596 95,517
Accepted 7,766 4,614 12,380
Acceptance Rate 13% 13% 13%
Enrolled 3,767 2,330 6,097
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 49% 50% 49%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to New York University is $80.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to New York University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

New York University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at New York University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because NYU is very highly competitive, you have a low likelihood of acceptance. It is important that you earn at least a 3.79 GPA to have a good shot at getting in. Additionally, you need to score a 1510 on the SAT and optimally 1570 to place yourself in a strong position. For ACT scores, you need a 33 to have a competitive chance of getting in.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=193900 IPEDS survey data for New York University.


Does New York University prefer SAT or ACT?

23% of students submit their SAT scores to NYU. 9% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into New York University?

13% of those who apply are granted admission to NYU. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for New York University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1450 and 1570. The average SAT score is 1510. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for New York University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 35. The average ACT score is 33. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.