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University sees record number of applicants

Posted on April 7, 2014 | by Michael Domanico

Courtesy of Kevin Lee

According to the admissions office, NYU has admitted over 18,000 students, roughly 34 percent of its 52,000 applicants, to the class of 2018.

The 18,000 accepted students were admitted to one of the university’s degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi or Shanghai, one of three global academic centers in Florence, London or Paris, or multiple sites.

Shawn Abbott, assistant vice president and dean of admissions, said this admissions cycle marks the first time the Polytechnic School of Engineering has been included in the admissions counts, making it difficult to compare this year’s statistics with last year’s pool of 48,500 applicants.

“It is suffice to say that we had an increase, but how that increase is characterized is not simple, especially since Poly used to have rolling admission and was still accepting applications through the summer of last year,” Abbott said.

The admissions rate for NYU New York, one of the three degree-granting campuses along with NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, is 34 percent. Of the 17,483 students admitted to NYUNY, 2,212 were admitted early decision. Non-U.S. citizens from a record 114 countries make up a record 17 percent of the class. Additionally, 17 percent of accepted students will be the first in their families to attend college.

NYUAD’s admissions rate is 3 percent, down from last year’s 4.7 percent. The school admitted 317 students — 149 of whom were admitted Early Decision — which is an increase from the 200 students admitted last year. Two students were accepted to both NYUAD and NYUNY, as students can submit one Common Application to be considered at any of the campuses.

Abbott said the data for NYU Shanghai’s admissions rate cannot yet be compiled.

“It is premature to calculate our admit rate for NYU Shanghai at this time, as we have thus far admitted just 202 international students,” Abbott said. “Offers of admission to Chinese citizens will be made following the release of Gaokao [entrance exam] test results.”

In addition to the 202 international students accepted exclusively to Shanghai, 166 students have been admitted to both NYUNY and NYU Shanghai.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, April 7 print edition. Michael Domanico is managing editor. Email him at


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