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Date:May 29, 2013


Average GPA: 3.79

Average SAT score: 2040

Average ACT score: 30

Minimum TOEFL score: 100

New York University is one of the largest private universities in the country, located at the unparalleled Greenwich Village. It lacks a traditional, insular campus feel – and there’s so much to do off campus in the exciting city of New York. The university offers a whopping 525 majors, with Business/Marketing, Social Sciences, and the Performing Arts being the most popular. NYU is a rigorous intellectual environment, and faculty members have impressive trophy shelves. There is also a platitude of research options on campus, and the school describes itself as a “Global Network University”. The focus of student life is off campus, which is unsurprising for a campus smack-dab in the middle of “the city that never sleeps.” Greek life is non-existent in NYU, with only 2 percent of students participating, probably because frat parties pale in comparison to real NYC nightlife. Sports are also not a large part of life at NYU, as there isn’t even a football team. NYU guarantees housing for four years, which is a real blessing as off-campus rent is astronomical. Students who attend NYU are generally liberal-leaning, with a highly ethnically and geographically diverse student body and a minority population of 32 %. If you want to immerse yourself in the “real world” and experience the thrills of one of the world’s greatest cities, NYU is ideal.

Famous Alumni: Spike Lee (film director), Candace Bushnell (author), Jake Burton Carpenter (founder of Burton Snowboards)

Common App school: 2 letters of recommendation, transcript, testing score reports, interview

* NYU provides a flexible testing policy in which applicants may choose one of the following options to become eligible for admission:

1. The current or new SAT Reasoning Test

2. The ACT with Writing Test

3. Three SAT Subject scores

4. Three AP exam scores (one subject must be from Literature or Humanities; one must be from Math or Science)

5. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma