How to Get into NYU: Average SAT Scores and ACT Scores

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What does your child need to get into New York University? This article covers the objective criteria for admission to NYU, including SAT scores, ACT scores and GPA.

How to Get Into NYU: The Admissions Criteria

NYU is one of the more competitive private colleges or universities in the US, with a 31.90% acceptance rate, an average of 1365 on the SAT, an average of 31 on the ACT and an rough average unweighted GPA of 3.9 (unofficial). In order to feel secure when applying to this school, it is incredibly useful to to score higher than 90% or more of US test-takers, above a 1365 on the SAT or a 31 on the ACT. Though of course all schools strive to look at a holistic image of each student, a high standardized test score can give you a competitive edge over other qualified applicants, making sure that admissions is able to focus on the most exciting aspects of your application.

NYU Admissions Scorecard

  • New York, NY
  • Private
  • Undergraduate students: 24,888
  • Estimated average unweighted GPA of admitted students (unofficial):  3.9
  • Average SAT Score of admitted students: 1365
  • Average ACT Score of admitted students: 31
  • Subject tests required: No
  • SAT Scoring policy: Superscore
  • ACT Scoring policy: Superscore
  • Scholarships based on test scores: NYU only offers need-based financial aid.

NYU Average SAT Score: 1365

The average SAT score of admitted students to New York University is 1365. If you or your child is applying to NYU, scoring above 1365 means the SAT is working in your favor. Scoring below 1365 means the SAT is working against you. Moreover, if your child scores above 1480, the 75th percentile score at NYU, the ACT will significantly help their chances of getting in.

Where does that score leave you? 5% of SAT test-takers score 1365 or higher.

TIP: what if your child doesn’t have a 1365 or higher? Learn what parents can do to help their children reach their full potential on the SAT (or ACT).

Here’s a breakdown of the average SAT scores at NYU by section:

Math Evidenced-based Reading and Writing Total
695 670 1365

NYU SAT Essay Policy

NYU does not require that applicants submit an SAT Essay along with the rest of the exam. Since the essay is an optional component of the test, students considering NYU should take note of this policy.

TIP: if the essay isn’t required, does that mean your child should still take it? And if so, how do you prepare for it?

NYU SAT Scoring Policy

NYU superscores the SAT, meaning they consider the highest section from each test attempt. This differs from Score Choice, a policy where colleges consider the best SAT total score.

For more about superscoring, read this article.

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NYU Average ACT Score: 31

The average ACT score of admitted students to New York University is 31. That means, if you or your child is applying to NYU, scoring above 31 means the ACT is working in your favor. Scoring below 31 means the ACT is working against you. Moreover, if your child scores above 33, the 75th percentile score at NYU, the ACT will significantly help their chances of getting in.

Where does that score leave you? 5% of ACT test-takers score 31 or higher.

TIP: what if your child doesn’t have a 31 or higher? Learn what parents can do to help their children reach their full potential on the ACT (or SAT).

Here’s a breakdown of the average ACT scores at NYU by the English and Math sections:

Math English Total
0 0 31

NYU ACT Essay Policy

NYU does not require that applicants submit an ACT Essay along with the rest of the exam. Since the essay is an optional component of the test, students considering NYU should take note of this policy.

TIP: if the essay isn’t required, does that mean your child should still take it? And if so, how do you prepare for it?

NYU ACT Scoring

NYU superscores the ACT, meaning they consider the highest section from each test attempt. This differs from Score Choice, a policy where colleges consider the best ACT total score.

For more about superscoring, read this article.

Whether you’re well underway in the prep process or just beginning, you likely have some questions. We try to answer them in How to Conquer ACT Prep (for Parents). Hint: it’s less complicated than you might think!

Does NYU Require SAT Subject Tests?

SAT Subject Tests are standardized tests of individual academic subjects that some applicants submit to colleges. NYU applicants can submit three SAT Subject scores instead of SAT or ACT scores.

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If you’re underway in your college search, the schools below might be worth exploring. We’ve categorized each school based on how difficult they are to get into, relative to NYU.

Match Schools

These are schools that are the right fit for your student’s admissions criteria.

Emory University-Oxford College

  • A private college in Oxford, GA with Unlisted undergraduate students, Emory is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1345 on the SAT or 30 on the ACT.

Tulane University of Louisiana

  • A private university in New Orleans, LA with 6487 undergraduate students, Tulane is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1325 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT.

Lehigh University

  • A private university in Bethlehem, PA with 5003 undergraduate students, Lehigh is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1325 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT.

Safety Schools

These are schools where your student exceeds the average admissions criteria.

University of Tulsa

  • A private university in Tulsa, OK with 3259 undergraduate students, Tulsa is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1245 on the SAT or 30 on the ACT.

Illinois Institute of Technology

  • A private University in Chicago, IL with 2712 undergraduate students, Illinois Institute of Technology is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1245 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT.

American University

  • A private university in Washington, DC with 7544 undergraduate students, American University is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1245 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT.

Reach Schools

These are schools that are particularly selective relative to your student’s admissions criteria.

Dartmouth College

  • A private college in Hanover, NH with 4270 undergraduate students, Dartmouth is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1455 on the SAT or 32 on the ACT.

Webb Institute

  • A private college in Glen Cove, NY with 92 undergraduate students, Webb Institute is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 4.0 GPA and a 1450 on the SAT or 35 on the ACT.

Tufts University

  • A private university in Medford, MA with 5435 undergraduate students, Tufts is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 4.0 GPA and a 1445 on the SAT or 33 on the ACT.
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