New York University

New York University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in New York City, New York University (NYU) is a 4-year, private university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at NYU.

Is New York University the School for You?

New York University's main campus is located in Manhattan, but the school offers an additional campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as well as global centers around the world. There will also be a future campus in Shanghai, China, which is expected to open in September 2013. The private, not-for-profit university offers more than 230 undergraduate degrees, in addition to master's and doctoral degrees. Read more to find out if NYU is the school for you.


  • Ranked among the Top 50 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report
  • Graduation rate is 40 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is less than the national average
  • High number of academic programs
  • Very low number of TAs teaching courses


  • Total cost (including tuition and living expenses) is $21,889 higher than the national average for a private, 4-year university
  • Room and board cost is $6,818 higher than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 28.8 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student debt following graduation is $9,691 higher than the national average

New York University at a Glance

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the total cost of attending NYU in 2012-2013 was $61,407, which was $21,889 higher than the average for a 4-year, private university. NYU reported that on-campus room and board was $16,133, which was $6,818 higher than the national average. According to U.S. News & World Report, the average NYU student debt following graduation in 2011 was $36,351, which was $9,691 higher than the national average.

Studying at NYU comes with a high tuition cost, but the university does have a graduation rate that is twice the national average. Among those who started NYU in 2005, the NCES reported that 80% of students graduated in 4 years, compared to the average national graduation rate of 40%. According to NYU, the average starting salary for graduates earning a bachelor's degree from the school in 2011 was $50,000.

In 2012, NYU accepted 35% of all students who applied, which was significantly lower than the 2011 national average of 63.8%. Although the school is more competitive, you are also more likely to receive individualized attention from faculty, since the university had a lower-than-average student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1, as well as a very low number of teaching assistants teaching courses.

You can choose from more than 230 undergraduate programs of study at NYU. The school was named the 5th best undergraduate business program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Students interested in accounting, marketing, insurance, international business, management, quantitative analysis and real estate can all expect to participate in undergraduate programs ranked as the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the school's undergraduate finance program was named 2nd best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Getting In & Financial Aid at New York University

The school is highly selective in its admissions and evaluates applicants' teacher evaluations, high school academic record and standardized test scores. To meet the first early decision deadline, students must submit a common application, $70 application fee and corresponding documents by November 1st. All other applicants must submit their applications by January 1st. Early decision applicants can expect to be notified by December 15th or February 15th, while regular decision applicants are notified of their status by April 1st.

To apply for financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA and CSS profile. Financial aid paperwork should be submitted by February 15th for regular admission. Slightly more than half of all students receive some sort of financial aid, and the average financial aid award was $18,703 in 2011.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) January 1***
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) February 15***
Regular Notification of Acceptance (2013) April 1***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $70*
Acceptance Rate (2012) 35%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $61,407*
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $18,703**
Percent of Students with Needs Fully Met (2011) 5.8%**
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $36,351**
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 2.8%*

Student Life at New York University

Located in the city that never sleeps, there is plenty for students to do both on and off campus. With more than 400 student organizations, you can get involved in clubs, sororities and fraternities, community service or athletics. Home to the Tisch School of the Arts, you can have access to a vibrant arts scene that includes museums, literature, art, film and music.

In addition, NYU has a diverse student body where 16% of the population is from outside of the U.S. While almost half of all students live in college-affiliated housing, others may choose to live nearby in Greenwich Village. The school is located in an urban setting near Washington Square Park.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city
Student Population (2011) 43,911*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 40% male, 60% female*
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 94%*
% of In-state Students (2011) 25%*
% of International Students (2011) 16%*
Retention Rate (2011) 92%*
Campus Housing Available Yes
% of Students Living on Campus 47%**
Number of Libraries 9***
Extracurricular Activities 400***

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***New York University

School Contact Information

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