New York University

New York University


In 1831, NYU was founded with the vision of bringing education to all people. Today, in a world that is more interconnected than ever before, that vision extends to a network that spans six continents. You can begin at one of three campuses—New York City, America’s cultural and financial center; Abu Dhabi, the cosmopolitan gateway of the Middle East; or Shanghai, China’s largest and most international city—and continue at locations in 11 other cities. With NYU’s more than 230 areas of study and over 3,900 courses to choose from, you can connect your interests as you build a multifaceted understanding of your chosen discipline. Students learn from award-winning faculty in small discussion-based classes and expand intellectually as they engage in thoughtful debate.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience NYU College Access Leadership Institute (NYU-CALI)

NYU College Access Leadership Insitute (NYU-CALI) is a precollege program offered to rising juniors and seniors in the New York Metro area who come from underrepresented communities or low income families or are the first in their family to attend a 4 year institution. This 4-day residential program is designed to demystify the college application process at no cost to the student. The curriculum includes workshops and small group sessions on college admissions, college-entrance test preparation, essay and resume writing, interviewing and presentation skills, and financial aid literacy. Graduates are expected to act as advocates and ambassadors for higher education and mentors to their peers.

Pre-College Summer Experience High School Programs

NYU offers many additional programs for high school students interested in studying at our New York campus. Most programs are offered during the summer, but there are options for weekend workshops during the fall and spring. Learn more about high school programs at

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Diversity Open House and Scholars' Weekend

Each fall NYU invites prospective students and their families to its Washington Square campus for Diversity Open House, an open dialogue on how inclusion and identity shape the NYU student experience--academically, culturally, and socially. Throughout the day, students engage with faculty, administrators, current students and alumni. Diversity Open House also provides students and their families with an opportunity to learn more about admissions and financial aid for NYU's undergraduate schools, colleges, and programs. Scholars' Weekend is an exclusive spring event for students recently admitted to NYU who have received specific scholarships to NYU. Scholars' Weekend provides scholars with an opportunity to experience the life of an NYU student and students meet formally and informally with faculty, administrators, and current scholars.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarships at NYU

Many of NYU’s most prestigious scholarship programs consider a family’s demonstrated need in addition to a variety of academic and nonacademic factors including commitment to service, demonstrated leadership or compelling personal journey. Many of these awards are awarded to students who will be the first in their families to attend college, who come from traditionally underrepresented communities or students who come from lower socio-economic backgrounds. There are no GPA or standardized testing cutoffs that will prohibit or guarantee a scholarship.

Student Life & Support Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP)

The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs produces intentional and sustained educational initiatives and campus-wide programs in the area of diversity and social justice. Through collaborations with a broad range of students, faculty, administrators and community partners, the Center’s efforts are designed to make an institutional impact in enhancing intercultural awareness and offer compelling ways to explore the complex intersection of race, gender, religion, socio-economic class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin and many other aspects of identity in our daily lives.

Student Diversity

  • 25,550
  • 42/58
  • 20%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 20%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 15%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 29%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 20%

Student Success

  • 93%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 84%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 86%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 44%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 6,821
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Visual and Performing Arts, Business, Social Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Communications


Cost of Attendance

  • $49,062
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $17,578
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $337,858,522
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $27,699
    Average aid package
  • $30,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 21%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 62%
    Students with financial need
  • 53%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 7%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 63,696
    # of applicants
  • 32%
  • 3.56
    Average HS GPA
  • 31
    ACT Composite
  • 640—730
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 650—760
    SAT Math
  • 650—740
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $70
    Application Fee
  • $70
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date