Down 8% from last year. Pretty wild.
This week, 24 percent of applicants to the Class of 2012 will find acceptance letters in their mailboxes.
The acceptance rate dropped eight percentage points from last year's 32 percent, following a national trend of falling acceptance rates.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions extended fewer offers of admission this year due to a high yield from the Class of 2011 and a larger applicant pool, dean of undergraduate admissions Barbara Hall told WSN in an earlier interview. NYU sent admissions decisions last Wednesday and Thursday to roughly 37,000 applicants.
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education projected a national all-time high of graduating high school seniors this year, and NYU's 24 percent acceptance rate is the lowest in recent years.
This spring, 8,809 applicants were offered admission to NYU's Class of 2012 for a projected class size of 4,400 students. The university placed 1,867 students on the waitlist.
Hall, who provided WSN with the statistics, anticipated that the number of students who accept NYU's offer of admission would increase to about 40 percent, up from 38.3 percent for the Class of 2011.
Other universities around the country are reporting new lows. Harvard broke records for the lowest acceptance rate in Ivy League history, recording a 7.1 percent rate. Yale followed closely, accepting 8.3 percent of its applicants.
Marc Buffington, a senior from Auburn, N.Y. and an accepted student into Stern, said he was excited to have the chance to join the NYU community this fall.
"Honestly, the first thing that really caught me about NYU were the rankings for the Stern School of Business. New York City is just a place you either love or hate and for me I love it. It really is just wow," Buffington said.
Buffington said he thinks his college search ended when he tore open the violet envelope from NYU.
"Oh boy, I was absolutely ecstatic about getting in ... it just made my whole 18 years of life worthwhile," Buffington said.
Usha Sahay, a prospective CAS student from Millburn, N.J., was thrilled that admission decisions were finally available.
"For me, college is a two-part experience. One is physically being in class and learning things that you were never offered in high school. Then, outside of classroom is being able to interact with others who have the same interests as you," Sahay said. "I'm looking forward to it."
Joining those who were admitted under the regular decision process, 996 accepted early-decision applicants will constitute 28 percent of the Class of 2012. Hall said that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will now focus on processing and finalizing transfer applications while also re-reading waitlisted files.
"April is also spent handling on-campus and off-campus events for accepted students and hosting programs for interested juniors," Hall said.