Hello Stern hopefuls. I am currently a student at Stern, and in an effort to procrastinate applying for internships/jobs next summer (yes, it starts this early) I decided to write some things I wish I knew when applying to Stern. Being one of the only direct admit business school programs in the country and a top school for finance/related fields (academically and location wise), NYU Stern is a great option for people that want a world class business education in NYC. With an acceptance rate of 12% and college applications due in 4 months at most (almost 2 if you ED), it's best to get informed and started on the process as early as possible. Without further ado, here is my $.02 on getting in.
Guide to NYU Business School Admissions
This is a website that is consistently updated, and has a lot of useful facts and figures (where I cited the acceptance rate from). If you want to compare your test scores, see job placement, or any other relevant statistics - this is the place.
Affirmative Action at NYU Stern?
Stern does **not** have any ethnicity quotas (just like UCLA, Berkeley, and all the other UC schools). Asians rejoice. If you look at the ethnicity breakdown of the link I shared above, it seems like there is a cap of Asians at 30%. However, Stern has slyly changed this number from over 50% as it was a few years ago, and instead allocated these other Asian students to the "International" and "Unknown" categories. URM status will not likely help you get in, as Stern doesn't really care about diversity. Check out photos of our business frats, clubs, or just come to a tour if you don't believe me.
NYU SAT Scores - NYU Average GPA
This part could really screw you over, or help you. My grades in high school were decent but no where near amazing (top 25% of a large graduating class), but I worked my ass off for the SAT and ACT to make up for slacking off in high school. Even if you are a top student in high school, don't ignore standardized tests. Stern's median SAT is a 1470 / 1600; the closer you are to this the better. No information on ACT, but I would try to aim for a 34+. Another test Stern likes to see is the SAT Math II, so a 750+ on that will probably help you quite a bit.
Importance of Extracurriculars for NYU Admissions
Getting into any college is really about linking everything you've done into one coherent package. Relevant business experience (FBLA, DECA, treasurer position, etc.) is helpful, but it's not a big deal if you don't have it. You can always tie whatever you have into relevancy via the essay. That being said, you can't get away with just dicking around for the first 18 years of your life. Extracurriculars you include should have dimensions - show a length of commitment, progression of leadership, and impact.
how to get into NYU - The Essay Section
The supplement for Stern isn't as important as other schools, but does carry weight. With a generic prompt and short length of NYC, blah blah blah. Also make sure to get specific - what in particular do you really like about Stern? Some notable professors you are excited about? Also very good stuff to have.
Final Questions about NYU Stern Admissions
Feel free to post any general questions, or PM me with specific ones if you feel so inclined. Hope this 3 minute investment was useful for you future Sternies - best of luck.
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