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Tips mention: Interview (1), ACT/SAT (81), Grades (42), Sports (10), Essay (43)
Feb 03 2015
I am in Tisch for Cinema Studies. I want to be in the business, but not actually make film, so this department was a perfect fit. My GPA was 5.5/5.0 (because of AP classes, etc. so the GPA was great). ACT was 27, not too great. For Tisch, you have to do some artistic work, in addition to the essay, so there is a lot to consider. ALSO: remember that each school within NYU has a different acceptance rate. AKA: Tisch accepts 12-15% of their applicants, and that goes lower depending on which department you are in (lots of drama kids, fewer film kids). CAS, Steinhardt, etc. are about 30%, the usual NYU rate. Your essays are important. They value you even more if you are somewhat cultural, has an ambition to travel the world, speak different languages- actually, they love all that. Just be smart on coming here, because it is competitive but you will be so ready for the real world in 4 years. While your friends are working as waiters, you will have an internship. And in 10 years, you will have a great job. NYU is a name to have on your resume, and it will impress, trust me.
Neuroscience/Cognitive Science
May 27 2014
Keep your grades up, at least a 3.5 to get into the more academically-centered schools (CAS and Stern), take a few AP's if your school offers them, do extra-curriculars, etc. Gallatin, Steinhardt, and LSP are really not that hard to get into. CAS and Stern require better applicants as they are better schools, and Tisch applicants, well, good luck. Have good test scores, and on your application to NYU, make sure that your supplemental essays are well-written. This is one of the main ways NYU determines your level of interest in their school, so pay a lot of attention to these extra essays. Other than that, it's around a 30% acceptance rate so it's really not *that* difficult to get into.
Political Science
Jan 18 2014
Basically show them that you have ambition and that you are not one sided. Show you have interests outside of your major, particularly community service
Oct 06 2013
I had a 3.7 weighted GPA and 1890 on my SAT's. Do not assume that just because you don't have a 4.9 and 2400 that you won't get in. NYU is a global campus, what they're looking for is well-rounded, diverse and driven kids. My essays, which are what I believe got me in, all had their own way of displaying my diversity. I talked about my multi-racial background, the significance of a religious object as a non-religious person and about my experience playing women's rugby. Make yourself sound like the most interesting and open-minded person you possibly can. Make that admissions board want to know MORE about you! Be in clubs, be a great community member (or, lets be honest, make it SEEM like you are a great community member) and you'll be fine.
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