Class of 2027 - NYU acceptance rate drops to 8% | Class of 2027 - NYU acceptance rate drops to 8% | Class of 2027 - NYU acceptance rate drops to 8%

After analyzing more than 120,000 applications, New York University delivered acceptances to the school's most competitive class in its entire history.

The acceptance percentage for the newly accepted class of 2027 at New York University fell to 8%, the lowest number ever recorded at the university's New York campus. On Tuesday evening, acceptance letters were sent out to the students who will comprise the university's newest class. During this admissions cycle, the institution received more than 120,000 student applications, the biggest number of applications it has ever received, and the 16th year in a row that a new record has been established for the number of applications received.

Jonathan Williams, the vice president of NYU who is in charge of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in a press release as saying, "The admission of NYU's class of 2027 reaffirms the university's commitment to higher education access and our enduring position as a university that is 'open to all, regardless of national origin, religious beliefs, or social background.'" Williams is in charge of NYU's undergraduate admissions. "It is humbling that so many extraordinary young people from all over the world have chosen NYU as the educational institution that may assist them in achieving their academic and professional goals," said one student.

According to NYU, students who enroll in the class of 2027 will hail from 88 different nations and collectively represent 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In addition, every student in the first-year class will have their proven financial need met in full by the university through the financial assistance policy that was first implemented in 2021.

Since the start of the epidemic, universities all around the United States have reported significant increases in the number of applications they get each year. This is partly because many institutions decided to do away with their need for students to take standardized tests. The Common Application, a standardized form that over 1,000 schools throughout the country use, has reported that the total number of applications it handles each year has increased by 30% since 2019.

Given the rate for this year, NYU's most recent class is more than three times as selective as the class of 2021, which was accepted almost six years ago. New York University extended acceptances to 27% of the total applicants for that class. In the previous academic year, the acceptance rate at NYU was 12.2% for the class of 2026.


In the latter part of this year, the United States Supreme Court will hand down its verdict on a pair of cases that will determine whether or not race-sensitive college admission choices, more popularly known as affirmative action practices, will continue to be lawful. During the oral arguments for both instances, justices on the Supreme Court voiced concern about affirmative action practices. It is generally anticipated that the court would rule that these policies violate the Constitution in one or both cases. Williams cited the upcoming decision while saying that NYU's class of 2027 exhibits the university's ability to balance diversity and selectivity in the press release announcing applicant outcomes.

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Williams stated, "As we look towards a future under new legal directives around diversity in higher education, NYU continues to demonstrate that selectivity and an exceptionally talented student body are not mutually exclusive to upholding values of diversity and access which deeply enrich a university education."

The president of New York institution, Andrew Hamilton, has described the verdict on affirmative action as the "most consequential case for higher education in nearly 20 years". The institution was represented in an amicus brief supporting the program, submitted before the Supreme Court.

"Overturning the long-standing precedents that have governed these issues would be a major step backward for this nation's higher education system and its role as an engine of opportunity," Hamilton said in a statement last October. He added that this would also be a troubling and unwarranted intervention in the ability of universities to make considered educational judgments about admissions.

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