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New York University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs New York University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About New York University

New York University (NYU) was founded in 1831 and is now among the largest private not-for-profit universities in the United States. NYU's main campus is located in Manhattan and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctorate and certificate programs, while NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai only offer undergraduate degree programs. U.S News & World Report ranked NYU at 33 in its 2012 list of best national colleges. NYU is a member of the Association of American Universities.


NYU has more than 230 areas of study available for students through its schools: the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, the Polytechnic Institute, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the School of Law, the School of Medicine, the College of Dentistry, the Silver School of Social Work; the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; the Tisch School of the Arts, the Gallatin School of Individual Study, the College of Arts & Science, the Graduate School of Arts & Science, and the College of Nursing. Popular undergraduate programs include visual and performing arts, social sciences and liberal arts and sciences. The school has campuses on six continents and has opportunities for students in all of its majors.

NYU's main library has more than 3.7 million volumes and circulates almost a million books each year. The NYU library system includes the NYU Law Library and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World Library.


Applications can be submitted online through NYU's website. Applicants must submit a common application and the NYU Supplement. For freshmen applicants, NYU has two rounds of early decision deadlines: November 1st for the first round and January 1st for the second round. The regular decision deadline is January 1st. NYU accepts AP credit and IB credit.

In 2011, 94% of NYU's undergraduate students were full-time students. During this time, the majority of undergraduate students was younger than 24 years of age, and most were out-of-state students. 96% of students admitted to NYU were at the top quarter of their high school class.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees vary depending on which NYU school a student is enrolled in. In 2011-2012, tuition and fees were estimated to cost $41,606 for undergraduate students. Books and supplies were estimated to cost an additional $1,070. Graduate tuition also varies depending on school and program.

NYU offers merit-based grants and scholarships. Some of these awards are school-specific. Students do not have to apply for the majority of these awards. Instead, all undergraduate students are considered based on their academic performance. In Fall 2012, the average amount of financial aid awarded to incoming freshmen was $26,000.

School Type Private, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 22,280 undergraduates and 21,631 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 20 residence halls available*
Schools (and/or) Programs 18 schools and colleges;** more than 230 areas of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 11 to 1 at the NYU campus*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities (220) Bachelor's: Visual and Performing Arts (1,162) Master's: Business, Management and Marketing (1,878) Doctorate: Health Professions (560)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 80% in four years, 86% in six years**
Admission Rate 32% in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 92% for full-time and 50% for part-time students**
Application Due Date January 1st for regular decision*
Decision Notification Date April 1st for regular decision*
Tuition (2011-2012) Estimated at $41,606 per year (includes tuition and fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship (55%), student loan (44%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 60% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *New York University, **IES National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, 665 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10012
  • Phone: (212) 998-4500
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