New York UniversityNew York University, or NYU, is one of the largest private institutions in the country with nearly 27,000 undergraduates. Founded in 1831, its main campus is located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. The school is definitely in an urban setting, because there are no borders separating the school from the rest of the city. Students looking for a traditional school campus would be disappointed by New York University’s layout among the city streets.

NYUThe university offers a wide range of study options for its undergraduate students. There are more than 230 areas of study. Undergraduates can also choose double majors, minors, and dual degrees. One of the most popular programs is the College of Arts and Sciences, especially the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. (It offers degrees in acting, dance, dramatic writing, film, and television.)

The College of Arts and Sciences also includes the popular Liberal Studies program. Undergraduate degrees are also offered at the College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, Courant Institute of Mathematical Studies, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Silver School of Social Work, and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The most popular majors include visual and performing arts, social sciences, business/marketing and liberal arts/general studies.

NYU admissionNYU has a lively social network on campus, in part because of the huge population of students that live on campus. NYU currently has one of the largest university housing systems in the U.S. with 44% of students living in university-affiliated housing. Many students prefer to live on campus partly because housing is guaranteed, but also because many residences are converted apartment complexes or renovated hotels. Students often praise university housing for having common areas, living rooms, and kitchens where students can practice independence while still living in college housing. Students also love the proximity to dynamic New York neighborhoods like Union Square and Chinatown.

New York UniversityBecause of the large student population, there are more than 300 clubs and organizations on campus. About five percent of students participate in Greek life, and they have several strong sports teams.

They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III levels and the University Athletic Association. NYU also has several respected student-run publications, including the daily newspaper, “The Washington Square News” and the NYU Local blog, “The Plague.”

NYU manhattan campusStudents looking for a uniquely urban setting in one of the most exciting cities should check out NYU. The location offers many extracurricular activities, plus opportunities for internships and job placement. With an emphasis on the arts, the school has inspired many accomplished alumni, and continues to help students focus on their studies while still enjoying off-campus interests. Those who are interested in a large student population will enjoy NYU’s sprawling campus and student organizations.


Acceptance Rate

NYU acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

NYU SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

New York University ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision (Round 1):  Nov. 1

Early decision (Round 2):  Jan. 1

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: “over 85,000”
Enrolled: 5,752
Yield: 45%
Acceptance rate: 15%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 13,842
Enrolled: 3,846
Acceptance rate: 27.8%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 8,510
Enrolled: 943
Acceptance rate: 21.9%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 3.69
Top 10% of High School: 72%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1370-1510
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 660-740
SAT Math: 690-790

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 30-34

Standardized Test Requirements

Historically, NYU has employed a very flexible testing policy. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 2025 will not be required to submit any standardized tests.

Score Card

Graduation Rates

NYU graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

NYU score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 76.4%
5 years: 83.2%
6 years: 85.1%

Transfer out: 8%

Loan default rate: 2.2%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 6

Salary after attending: $61,900

R&D Expenditures: $887.6 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 19
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 3
Burglaries: 10
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

NYU financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $74,126

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $78,744

Net Cost
Average: $37,739

By income
$0 to $30,000: $25,937
$30,001 to $48,000: $25,771
$48,001 to $75,000: $32,733
$75,001 to $110,000: $41,038
$110,001 and more: $55,206

Graduates with student debt: 38.8%

Average student debt at graduation: $29,242

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

NYU undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

New York University student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
Women: 58%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 60%
20 to 39: 26%
40 to 99: 11%
100+: 3%

Student Population
Total: 52,885
Undergraduate: 26,981

Student Residence
In State: 26%
Out of State: 53%
International: 19%
Unknown: 2%

NYU student population

New York University seal

New York University

This page was last updated in November 2020.