The Ivy Coach Daily

October 2, 2023

What GPA Do I Need to Get into NYU?

The arch in Washington Square Park is featured under a blue sky.
A strong GPA alone is insufficient to earn admission to New York University (photo credit: Diego Delsa).

What constitutes a standout GPA for New York University? As NYU is among America’s most selective universities, ranked #25 among national universities in the 2023 US News & World Report college ranking, it comes as little surprise that for the Class of 2025, the most recent data available for NYU through The Common Data Set, nearly a quarter of NYU’s students boasted perfect grade point averages.

So how can a student’s GPA impress NYU admissions officers when so many students submit excellent GPAs? Additionally, what role does GPA play in NYU’s admissions process? It’s time to find out!

NYU Admissions Rate

For the Class of 2027, 8% of NYU applicants earned admission to the Greenwich Village, New York-based school. These students were selected from a record pool of over 120,000 applicants.

What is a Good GPA for Getting into NYU?

According to The Common Data Set, which draws its data directly from NYU’s Office of Institutional Research and Data Integrity, the following is the GPA breakdown for students who enrolled at NYU over the last few years:

GPA Percentage of New York University Class of 2025

The following is the GPA breakdown for students who enrolled in New York University’s Class of 2025:

GPAPercentage of New York University Class of 2025
4.021%
3.75-3.9924%
3.5-3.7440%
3.25-3.4910%
3.0-3.244%
2.5-2.991%

GPA Percentage of New York University Class of 2024

The following is the GPA breakdown for students who enrolled in New York University’s Class of 2024:

GPAPercentage of New York University Class of 2024
4.014%
3.75-3.9928%
3.5-3.7411%
3.25-3.4942%
3.0-3.243%
2.5-2.992%

GPA Percentage of New York University Class of 2023

The following is the GPA breakdown for students who enrolled in New York University’s Class of 2023:

GPAPercentage of New York University Class of 2023
3.75-4.040%
3.5-3.7429%
3.25-3.4920%
3.0-3.249%
2.5-2.992%

Further Context on GPAs of NYU Students

So for NYU’s Class of 2025, nearly half — 45% — have earned high school GPAs of 3.75 or higher. And if you add in students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher, you account for all but 15% of NYU’s class.

These numbers are up significantly from the year before, for NYU’s Class of 2024, when only 53% of students boasted GPAs of 3.5 or higher (compared to 85% for the Class of 2025). But for the NYU Class of 2023, 69% of students had GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

So is the GPA breakdown for the NYU Class of 2025 an aberration? Not really.

While NYU’s GPA data may go up and down year to year, the overall trend is clear: the university is getting more competitive, admitting students with higher grade point averages.

A Good GPA Alone Isn’t Enough for Admission to NYU

GPA alone is not a qualifier for admission to an elite university like New York University. It’s just one component of a student’s profile.

Think about it. If 85% of NYU’s class consists of students with 3.5 GPAs or higher, imagine how many students who submitted perfect or near-perfect GPAs applied to the Greenwich Village-based institution but did not earn admission.

After all, NYU, through its holistic admissions process, annually seeks to admit a diverse class filled with low-income students, underrepresented minority students, first-generation college students, recruited athletes, legacies, and more. Often, members of these coveted groups are offered admission despite slightly lower GPAs to formulate a robust incoming class. And, yes, these students often earn entry to NYU over students with perfect or near-perfect GPAs because it’s not just about a student’s GPA.

Can I Get Into NYU with a Low GPA?

So, while it’s possible to earn admission to NYU with a low GPA, as the statistics bear out, a tiny percentage of NYU’s admitted students carry low GPAs. For the NYU Class of 2025, for example, only 5% of applicants had GPAs below 3.25.

How Ivy Coach Can Gauge Your Child’s Chances at NYU

So to assess your child’s chances of admission to NYU, Ivy Coach will need more than their grade point average. We’ll need their high school profile, courses, activities, testing, and more. It’s all part of Ivy Coach’s Strategy Session. Kindly complete Ivy Coach’s free consultation form to learn more about this Strategy Session. We’ll then be in touch to delineate our services.

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