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About NYU Stern

Much like New York itself, NYU Stern has changed a lot over the years. In fact, “Change: Dare it, Dream it, Drive it” became the tagline and the school’s “Call to Action” in 2019 has been a significant influence on the curriculum since its inception. Though the Columbia Business School may disagree, Stern is the business school of Wall Street, and was even located near Wall Street until the early 1990s. NYU’s move to Greenwich Village lodged it squarely within one of the world’s centers for artistic creation and near Silicon Alley with the second highest concentration of internet start-ups in the US after Silicon Valley. It is also no surprise that the school has such strong ties with the fashion industry, luxury brands, and the world of entertainment and media. In addition to the two-year MBA program, they also offer a one-year Tech MBA and Fashion & Luxury MBA.

With some of the best finance professors in the world, Stern’s influence extends far beyond Wall Street, with experts shaping public discourse on globalization, entrepreneurship, the digital world we live and shop in, and the realms of media, fashion and culture. A constant stream of influential guest speakers offers fresh perspectives.

Strengths and Specializations

Finance, entertainment, media and technology, luxury marketing, real estate, strategy, big data, entrepreneurship

Graduating Class of 2025

Number of Applicants: 3,075

MBA Class Size: 327

Avg. Age: 28

Avg. Work Experience: 5 years

Avg. GPA: 3.61

Avg. GMAT: 732

International Students: 48%

Female Students: 43%

Tuition: $84,180/year

Post-MBA Careers (class of 2023)

Sector: Consulting 41.9%; Finance 29.4%; Tech/Telecoms 14.2%; Entertainment/Media/Sports 3.4%; Starting Own Business 1%

Avg. Base Salary: $168,182; Salary Increase: 140% (source: FT Rankings 2024)

Employment offered within 3 months of graduation: 94.3%

NYU Stern Rankings


NYU Stern 2024-2025 Deadlines

Deadline                        Initial Notification* By 
1st Deadline September 16, 2024 December 1, 2024
2nd Deadline October 16, 2024 January 1, 2025
3rd Deadline January 16, 2025 April 1, 2025
4th Deadline April 16, 2025 Ongoing
*You will receive one of three initial notifications: invitation to interview, waitlist offer, or denial of admission.


Short Answer: Professional Aspirations 
(150 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

– What are your short term career goals?

Essay 1. Change: _____ it. (350 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

In today’s global business environment, the only constant is change. Using NYU Stern’s brand call to action, we want to know how you view change. Change: _____ it. Fill in the blank with a word of your choice. Why does this word resonate with you? How will you embrace your own personal tagline while at Stern? Examples:

Change: Dare it.
Change: Dream it.
Change: Drive it.
Change: Empower it.
Change: Manifest it.
Change: [Any word of your choice.]

Essay 2. Personal Expression (aka “Pick Six”)
Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:

– A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).

– Six images that help illustrate who you are.

– A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.

Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.

Essay 3: Additional Information (optional)
(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

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