Idk why people keep repeating this obviously false statistic that NYU creative writing admits 50% of its applicants.
There were about 1,000 applicants this year. They made 16 fiction offers. I don't know exactly how many offers were made in the other genres, but we can assume it's somewhere in the same neighborhood.
It is true that there will be significant waitlist movement because people will decline unfunded and underfunded offers. But no, it is not reasonable to extrapolate from this that about 500 applicants will receive an offer.
According to Peterson's, in some (presumab