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| | I have had several friends who have worked in the admissions office for the College of Arts and Sciences. I cannot speak for other departments but, from a CAS standpoint, admissions is very "number" oriented. High GPA (top 5% of your class) and a high SAT (1400+) work to a candidate's advantage. In addition to the numbers, the essay plays a fairly critical role. It is important to demonstrate your writing abilities and your creativity. Everything else is secondary and not really critical unless the candidate is a borderline case (though I wouldn't advise taking any of these sections lightly). NYU is getting more competitive each year, so assuming that you are an ace for admissions, is probably playing with fire. SAT is important but not necessarily that most important thing. If you are a film student, I am not sure u need to worry about that. Attend their summer programs for high-school students. These programs are expensive but a high percentage of the people who attended it get into NYU. Have some movies to show.
IF you want to get a liberal degree like I am doing, I guess u need to have a lot of extracurricular, good grades... dunno really.
With regards to getting in, don't come here if you did what I did to get in. Towards the end of my sophomore year of high school I bought myself an SAT-prep book to help me get a better score on the SATs. That book was my Bible and it made all the difference in getting a better score on the SATS because my score jumped 150 points from an 1140 to a 1290. Naturally I was ecstatic to improve my score almost to a very good 1300, surpassing the scores of some high school classmates that had better grades than me all along. My advantage was that I practiced for the SATs while most of my classmates didn't. This score (among other factors)was enough for me to get a full scholarship from a bank to any school in NYC and to get into one of the highest rated undergrad business schools in the country, Stern. Now that I'm here, I'm struggling to keep up with my peers, my scholarship is on probation, and I'm wondering what the hell possessed me to choose this school. I've come to realize that I'm competing with kids who not only got better SAT scores than me, but kids who got great scores without even practicing for the SATs! So my advice to any high school seniors that just barely make the average SAT score (or below) with extensive SAT preparation is to go to a second tier school where you can get good grades and be successful. Believe me, I've given 110% effort to get the grades to keep my bank-funded scholarship status in good standing, but everyone else in this school is giving their full effort as well and they are smarter.
| Business - Management and Administration|| Jan 09 2004 | I had to write a letter of intent and take a placement exam. Since I was re-entering after being out of school for 5 years, the McGhee division offered a flexible schedule and challenging classes with class size no larger than 30 people. I advise that you brush up on math and writing skills before you take the practice exams because if you don't score hight they will make you take required 2 credit courses that are a waste of time and money but will be necessary to get into the next level of writing classes.
I would visit the campus if you have never been there to make sure you will like it. It is very large and can be overwhelming at first. NYU will give you credit for life experience which can get you out of many entry level classes in your field, find out at orientation. Financial aid is necessary unless you are rich but I was able to score half of the tuition in grants and the other in loans. You can qualify for more scholarships if your grades are good and Fastweb.com is another place to find out about scholarships. Good Luck!