NYU Class of 2024 Applications Exceed 85,000

Applications to NYU have increased for the 13th year in a row.


Applications to NYU have increased for the 13th year in a row. (Photo by Justin Park)

Lisa Cochran and Emily Mason

NYU received over 85,000 applications for first-year admissions for the fall class of 2024, according to a press release from the university.

This marks the 13th year that NYU’s application numbers have surpassed those of the previous year. NYU’s number of international applicants also increased from last year, despite declining interest among international students to enroll in U.S. colleges.

NYU President Andrew Hamilton commented on both the quality and quantity of NYU applicants.

“There are important lessons to be inferred from the remarkable growth in applications to NYU over the last dozen years: young people recognize NYU’s academic strengths across a wide range of disciplines,” Hamilton said in a press release. “They are eager for a rigorous liberal arts education, drawn to the vibrancy and diversity of urban settings, attracted by access to internships, and enthusiastic for global learning and research opportunities.”

Reid Kille, who is from Portland, Oregon, was accepted to the class of 2024. He said he was initially unsure about applying to NYU due to its steep cost of attendance and distance from home, but is ready to start his college career.

“I think being unsure is okay,” Kille told WSN in a direct message. “I’m just going to throw myself into it and see how it goes.” 

Kille, who applied Early Decision, said that he was nervous while awaiting his decision and noted that NYU delayed releasing their admission notifications.

“The fact that they waited so long to announce the release date for decisions wasn’t nice,” Kille said. “They kept saying it would be by the 15th of December, but based on previous years we all assumed it would be the 12th.”

More than 15,000 of this year’s applicants to NYU applied Early Decision.

Like Kille, Kelli Keady, who is from Los Gatos, California, applied Early Decision. She said she was attracted to NYU’s non-traditional campus and what she perceived as the general drive of the student body.

“I was not that into the whole idea of going to a school with a normal campus,” Keady told WSN in a direct message. “The whole student body is really mature and already taking steps in their personal and professional development.”

Annika Meeusen, who is from New York, reiterated Keady’s statement that she was drawn to NYU for its promotion of individuality. 

“I’ve always heard that students at NYU have a good sense of who they are and they grow up to be extremely independent individuals,” Meeusen told WSN in a direct message. “Everyone I met from [there] always seemed to be so intelligent and focused and that’s who I want to be.”

She added that NYU had been her top school since she was in 8th grade and that she felt surreal about her ultimate acceptance.

“I’ve also recently had the chance to start meeting and talking to other people in Tisch and also outside of Tisch and it’s just so interesting to be talking to new people,” Meeusen told WSN in a direct message. “It wasn’t until after I got in that I realized that NYU doesn’t look at you as a letter grade, but as a human.”

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