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.
A Very Useful Resource
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.
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.
Standardized Test Scores / Grades
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.
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.
The supplement for Stern isn't as important as other schools, but does carry weight. With a generic prompt and short length of <400 words, it's nothing like U Chicago essays. Mine was kind of cringeworthy, but still good enough to get me in. Make sure to rope in your extracurriculars with your love for business, 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.
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.
Show Tags14 May 2013, 06:47
I submitted my application for admission to begin in Fall 2013. I'm hoping for the best, but was wondering if you could give your opinions on my chances of getting in:
GMAT: took it once, 700/90% overall (Verbal: 42/90%, Quant: 42/59%, Writing: 6/91%)
Undergrad: Double major in accounting and finance from a private university in Connecticut, 3.53 overall GPA (cum laude), higher in areas of major study
Work experience: 2.5 years a Big 4 accounting firm tax practice, promoted ahead of schedule. 2.5 years at well respected hedge fund in NYC doing tax analysis/compliance
Activities: In college, I was a peer tutor and member of a couple school clubs to build networks. Held 4 different internships during my sophmore through senior years (2 small forensic accounting firms, Big 4 firm, hedge fund in Stamford, CT). Post graduation, I was a intern mentor at Big 4 firm and have become active in FeedingNYC food drives
Strong recommendations from direct supervisor and firm CFO.
I hope I did well on the essays, submitted an essay for #3 as I couldn't think of a creative presentation to compliment my application.
I am also a CPA in the state of New York
I look forward to your thoughts, best of luck to others who applied.
Thanks a lot!