Your Chances at NYU Stern: Acceptance Rate & Other Factors

Special Note for Round 1, 2022 Applicants Invited for an MBA Interview

Wondering about your chances now that you’ve been invited to an interview?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to answer to this question with certainty, as business schools do not publish figures on interview invites.

It is safe to guess that MBA programs interview approximately double the number of people they intend to admit. In crude terms, this means that your chances of acceptance are good—around 50%.

But remember that there are other factors at play which are not reflected in this generalized statement:

  • The post-interview decision will still depend on the strength of your application: outstanding applicants will have a better chance both pre- and post-interview.
  • Less competitive applicants—with lower GMAT scores, sub-optimal employers, and a less prestigious undergraduate degree—will be under more pressure to impress than a highly competitive applicant.
  • Anyone can have a surprising interview—for better or for worse.

Regardless of your initial application, your next step should be to prepare as effectively as possible for your MBA interview—with someone who has interview experience and an understanding of the program you’re applying to.

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Do you want to attend one of the top business schools in the world? You might be trying to decide which MBA programs to apply to and are wondering where you’ll likely be accepted. To help answer your questions, we’ve put together some fast facts covering key admission factors to help you determine your odds of getting accepted into the NYU Stern MBA Program.

If you’re wondering how difficult it is to get into NYU Stern, then you’ve come to the right place. On this page, we’ll give you a quick overview of what it takes to get into the NYU Stern School of Business and help you understand whether your profile is a good fit for the New York University (Stern).

(Note: This page highlights Stern’s full-time MBA program. The other program options at Stern are the Part-Time MBA and the Executive MBA program.)

Fast Facts: Stern MBA

Acceptance RateDoes not disclose
GMAT Average733
GPA Average3.62
Avg. Years Work Experience5.0 years

Source: NYU Stern, Class of 2024 data

NYU Stern School of Business


Undergraduate Majors Represented in Stern’s MBA Program 

The top undergraduate majors represented in Stern’s MBA program are Business/Economics (42%), Social Science/Humanities/Arts/Other (33%), and Engineering/Math/Science (25%).

Top Undergraduate Universities from Stern’s MBA Class

The undergraduate universities most represented in Stern’s MBA class profile are: 

  • New York University
  • Cornell University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Georgetown University
  • Emory University
  • Rutgers University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Fordham University
  • The University of Pennsylvania

If your undergraduate college is listed above, that means that Stern has accepted many applicants with your education background in the past. It also shows that candidates who have gone to these schools have considered applying to Stern, and it is one indication that the business school has found students who have completed their undergraduate education at these universities to be successful.  

Stern Top Pre-MBA Industries

Stern’s top pre-MBA industries are financial services (24%), consulting (12%), consumer products/retail: (8%), military/government: (8%), and technology (7%).

Looking at the pre-MBA industries shows you whether your profile is well-represented at Stern. Don’t worry if you don’t see your industry on the list—there might not be many students enrolled from your industry simply because many candidates didn’t apply to the program in the first place. The same goes for the pre-MBA employers data we’ve provided below.

Top Pre-MBA Employers Represented at Stern

The pre-MBA companies that are most represented in the Stern MBA class are: 

What does Stern value?

Contributing factors include academic record, standardized test scores, accomplishments outside of the classroom, recommendations, and essays. NYU Stern actively seeks students who have a variety of backgrounds, interests, talents, and goals and who are socially, ethnically, and economically diverse.

Interested in finding out more about Stern? Visit our NYU Stern overview page.