New York University (NYU) is a private research university based in New York City, New York. One of the largest private universities in the United States, NYU was established in 1831 by founder Albert Gallatin, a distinguished statesman who served as secretary of the treasury under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Beginning with just fourteen faculty members (including artist and inventor, Samuel F. B. Morse) and 158 enrolled students, NYU was founded with the vision of forming a university that would be “in and of the city”. NYU’s main campus, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, fulfills this vision in many ways – the university has no walls or gates and it is deeply intertwined with the surrounding community. A highly ranked university, NYU is one of only 60 institutional members of the distinguished Association of American Universities.
Academic ProgramsNYU offers approximately 25 different degrees and 2,500 courses. The university is made up of several colleges, schools, institutes, and departments, including the College of Arts and Science; School of Law; School of Medicine; Tandon School of Engineering; College of Dentistry; Graduate School of Arts and Science; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Leonard N. Stern School of Business; Institute of Fine Arts; College of Nursing; School of Professional Studies; Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences; Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Silver School of Social Work; Tisch School of the Arts; Gallatin School of Individualized Study; Institute for the Study of the Ancient World; College of Global Public Health; and the Marron Institute of Urban Management.
NYU operates two degree-granting campuses in addition to its New York City campus in Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, as well as multiple study away sites located throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. While the university as a whole is extremely large, NYU’s individual schools and colleges make up small- to moderately-sized units, each with its own particular traditions, programs and faculty. Many more communities exist within the larger NYU community, based on interests, activities, and shared experiences.
Student LifeNearly 50,000 students are enrolled at New York University, nearly half of which are undergraduates. Students hail from every state in the Union and more than 130 foreign nations. On-campus housing is available for more than 11,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students through what was, as of 2007, the seventh-largest university housing system in the U.S. and one of the largest among private schools. The undergraduate housing system at NYU consists of more than 20 residence halls, several of which are converted hotels and apartment complexes; most freshman halls are located near the Washington Square area.
An estimated 450 student clubs and organizations exist on NYU’s campus; several, in addition to sports teams, study clubs, and Greek life, center around entertainment, arts and culture. NYU also boasts a long and rich history of diversity-related events and traditions – these include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week, heritage months (including Latino, African, and Shuruq celebrations), Pride Month, Women’s Herstory Month, and Agape Week.