|Students who got into NYU say:|
Essay (39) |
| | Hm.. I applied and got into Stern, so I guess I could comment about that. What I did, I guess is what you should do for any college. Do fairly well on SATs - I got a 1530, but you very likely do not need anything that high to get in. I'd say selectivity definitely varies by school. Stern being probably the most competitive stats-wise, and Tisch being competitive in it's own artsy way. Write good essays, do well in school.. that type of stuff. Test scores seem to matter more than grades do. I had high very SAT's, but my academic record while good, was not exceptional. The quality of one's academic will also be considered (I went to a top ranked boarding school). Good essays and teacher recs can go a long way as well.
Obviously good grades and test scores speak for themselves, though they are not the only factor. Since NYU (save Tisch) does not have personal interviews, I would say use a well written essay as a way for the admissions committee to really get a glimpse of you as an individual.
| History/Histories (art history/etc.)|| Jun 24 2004 | 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.