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The Ivy Coach Daily

March 5, 2024

NYU Waitlist Acceptance Rate

The arch in New York City's Washington Square Park is visible beneath a bright blue sky.
NYU hasn’t published its waitlist admissions statistics in recent years (photo credit: Jean-Christophe Benoist).

Were you recently waitlisted to New York University? If so, you might be wondering if you should cut bait or if you have a genuine shot of earning admission to the Greenwich Village, Manhattan-based institution. So now’s the time to find out!

New York University Waitlist Acceptance Rates and Statistics

NYU has not published the school’s waitlist admissions statistics for most years. Instead, the university — which does indeed keep a waitlist for its incoming class — leaves out these figures from its reporting to The Common Data Set, an unusual move among America’s highly selective universities.

That said, below are the admissions figures the school has published for the NYU Class of 2027 through the NYU Class of 2014:

New York University Class YearNumber of Students Waitlisted to NYUNumber of Students Who Chose to Join NYU WaitlistNumber of Students Accepted Off NYU WaitlistNYU Waitlist Acceptance Rate
NYU Class of 2028TBDTBDTBDTBD
NYU Class of 2027Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 2026Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 2025Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 2024Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 2023Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 2022Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 2021Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 2020Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 2019Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 2018Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 20172,966Not PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
NYU Class of 20162,6271,5131197.87%
NYU Class of 20152,6261,42529820.91%
NYU Class of 20141,8641,03754352.36%

Your Chances of Admission to NYU After Being Waitlisted

NYU hasn’t published waitlist admissions statistics in ten years — since the Class of 2017.

We’re not certain why NYU’s Office of Institutional Research ceased sharing these figures, especially when NYU’s peer institutions aren’t typically cagey with their numbers. And we call on NYU’s Office of Institutional Research to release these figures for the Class of 2027 and thereafter.

Yet from the waitlist admissions statistics NYU has shared — for the Classes of 2016 through 2014 (only the total number of applicants waitlisted were released for the Class of 2017) — the school’s waitlist admission rate has ranged from a low of 7.87% to a high of 52.36%. Over these three admissions cycles, an average of 320 students earned admission off the waitlist.

Your Chances of Admission to NYU After Being Waitlisted with Ivy Coach’s Help

While NYU has been cryptic with its waitlist admissions statistics in recent years, we keep the data of students who first come to Ivy Coach after being waitlisted.

Over the last 30 years, 46% of students who first come to Ivy Coach after being waitlisted have earned admission with our assistance. In the previous ten years, 47% of students who first come to Ivy Coach after being waitlisted have secured spots in the incoming NYU class.

So what’s Ivy Coach’s secret sauce for waitlisted students to NYU? It’s a two-step recipe that goes as follows:

  1. Complete Ivy Coach’s PostMortem application review. We need to see how an applicant to NYU presented themselves. After all, how they present themselves after being waitlisted can’t be out of left field. It needs to be consistent with the narrative previously presented — just relayed in a much more compelling way.
  2. Submit a powerful Letter of Continued Interest to NYU. Many students know they should send a letter to NYU after being waitlisted if they hope to get in. But an ordinary letter doesn’t suffice. A letter with updates and brags on all a student has achieved in the few months since they first applied doesn’t suffice. Ivy Coach’s letters contain no peacocks or updates. Instead, they are love letters to NYU, featuring specific after specific of how a student will contribute their singular hook to the institution (and, no, name-dropping professors and classes do not count as genuine specifics!).

Getting Started with Ivy Coach on NYU Waitlist

To optimize your case for admission off the NYU waitlist, fill out Ivy Coach’s consultation form, indicate that NYU has waitlisted you, and we’ll be in touch to delineate our waitlist services.

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