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: 27.7%

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 27.7%. For every 100 applicants, 28 are admitted.

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.

The average GPA at NYU is 3.66.

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

With a GPA of 3.66, 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 3.66, 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.

The average SAT score composite at NYU is a 1382 on the 1600 SAT scale.

This score makes NYU Moderately Competitive for SAT test scores.

NYU SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1290, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1490. In other words, a 1290 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1490 will move you up to above average.

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

Section Average 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Math 697 640 760
Reading + Writing 685 650 730
Composite 1382 1290 1490

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.

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.

 

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