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New York University: Quick Overview

Quick Stats
  • Year founded183
  • Number of students enrolled26,733
  • Average cost (in total)$47,750
Application Info
  • Acceptance rate19.4%
  • SAT/ACT1290/29
  • Application dateNovember 1st

New York University is one of the largest higher learning institutions in the world. With satellite universities in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, NYU has taken its reach global, placing high importance on the representation of their international student body and on immersing US students in a diverse atmosphere, both at home and abroad. The university’s main campus is found in iconic New York City, clearly making it a top choice for those looking for a big-city college experience.

NYU is comprised of 10 colleges offering majors across a broad spectrum of studies, the largest of which is the College of Arts and Sciences. For those interested in drama or film, the famed Tisch School of the Arts offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in acting, dance, dramatic writing and film. Former Tisch students include directors Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee. The Stern School of Business houses NYU’s business graduate degree programs, including the top-ranked EMBA program.

History and mission

On April 18, 1831, New York University was established, with the support of a group of prominent New York City residents from the city’s merchants and bankers designed for young men and would base admission on merit over social class. NYU was conceived as a non-denominational institution, unlike many colleges and universities of the time. By 1917, NYU was one of the larger universities in the country, with 9,300 students enrolled.

Experiencing financial challenges in the 1970’s, the geographical makeup of the University underwent major changes, selling assets and merging with several other New York colleges. Beginning in the 1980’s NYU began a major rehab of its financial situation by upgrading facilities. By 2003, under the leadership of University President John Sexton, a major campaign for funds along with launching its self as a global institution.

Between 2007 and 2018 applications rose by 114%, topping out at 75,000 applications in 2018. NYUs global mission pioneers an interdisciplinary undergraduate education that engages students in interrogating the global great works traditions while forging the new traditions that shape the future.


Areas of Study

Undergraduate programs at that are popular at NYU are Visual and Performing Arts, Business, Management and Marketing, Social Sciences, Health Professions, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. As NYU is so large, its popular programs tend to be those that are popular nationally in general. However, it is the high quality and immersive experience of NYU’s programs that set them apart. Each department makes its own impact and has a unique culture that embraces the cutting edge of their field.

Stern School of Business

The Stern School of Business at NYU ranks as a top school for business with a history of producing leaders in the fields of economics and finance. Students in the MBA program are grouped in blocks of about 60 at the beginning of their tenure, and this grouping will shape their two years of graduate school education. Students in these groups take core courses together, have a Monday lunch meeting with one another and even compete in the annual Block Olympics. The Stern degree is an MBA in general management, however students can specialize in up to three areas, such as entrepreneurship and innovation or luxury marketing.  Notable Stern Alumni include senior vice president for global marketing at MAC Cosmetics; a former president and CEO of Revlon, Inc.; group president of The Estée Lauder Companies, CEO of Fox Television Stations, and the chairman, president and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.

Tisch School of the Arts

Tisch School was founded in 1965 and is one of the nation’s leading institutions for professional training and scholarship and research in the performing and visual arts. The school combines the technical training of a professional school with the academic resources of a major research university to immerse students in their intended artistic disciplines. A dual MFA/MBA graduate program is also offered, allowing students to take coursework at both Tisch and NYU’s Stern School.

As of 2017, the school had more than 25,000 alumni working in the arts and related professions, and has more alumni in Broadway theater than any other school for theater in the United States.

Tandon School of Engineering

Tandon is the second oldest private engineering and technology school in the United States. Founded in 1854, Tandon currently enrolls 5,300 students in undergraduate and post graduate programs. Formally named Polytechnic University, the Tandon School formed under its current name in 2014 when it merged with NYU. The merger of the Polytechnic played a large role in the establishment of the MetroTech Center, one of the largest corporate parks for an urban university in the United States.

Liberal Arts at NYU

One of the great advantages of attending NYU is the ability of all students to take engage in many different areas of study for an enriching liberal arts education. At the Gillatin School of Individualized Study, graduate students design their own major. Working closely with a graduate adviser to tailor their learning experience, this is a unique course of study that prepares students for the type of learning and research they will do in a post-graduate course of study or in their professional fields.

School of Medicine

NYU’s medical programs are some of the most forward thinking and individualized in the country. With all students enrolled in MD programs receiving a full academic scholarship, regardless of need or merit, NYU strives to attract top talent for their program in an environment where Johns Hopkins’ and Columbia’s programs are in stiff competition. NYU is very flexible with the pace of their MD programs, offering both an accelerated 3-year program and a longer 5-6-year customizable program, for those perusing other interests or a dual degree.  NYU is committed to educating physicians for the ‘medicine of the 21st century.’ They have cultivated a program that “integrates clinical skills, quality, and evidence-based medicine, and emphasizes the importance of patient-centered care to inform and enhance healthcare”.

Online program

Along with their mission to be a global institution, NYU strives to be accessible from anywhere. Offerings for undergraduate degrees that are 100% web-based are limited, offering only 2 Bachelor degrees completely online, but there are quite a few Masters programs offered for distance learning. Undergraduate student will have the opportunity to take online coursework, however in most cases, presence on campus will be necessary for some courses.

How do I apply to New York University?

New York University’s application process starts with the common application form. The perspective student must fill out an application form via The Common Application ( This will include essay questions as well as an opportunity to provide background and achievement information to the selection board. Early decision applicants must apply by November 1st, while standard applicants must submit applications by January 1st.

An $80 application fee applies, although a need-based waiver of the fee is available. Each student should supply one teacher evaluation form, addition to their high school transcripts. All applicants who are still attending high school should submit their mid-year grades once they become available via their school counseling department.

Standardized testing is required of all applicants in the form of the SAT, both writing and math or the ACT with the optional writing portion. Students who take the ACT are not required to submit SAT scores. The median scores for past applicants have been SAT-Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 620-720, Math 630-760 or ACT Composite: 29-33.

As a large portion of the student body is comprised of international students. A minimum of 3 years of English language education is required or a qualifying TOEFL or IELTS score. In place of an SAT or ACT, international students are also able to submit an International Baccalaureate Diploma for consideration with their application.

Further information on applying NYU’s website at

Acceptance rate

As NYU expands its global presence, the number of applicants has risen significantly. As such, the acceptance rate has dropped from 35% in 2013 to 19% in 2018. The total number of applications received in 2018 was 75,037, more than any other US university. Even with that drop in overall percentage of applicants accepted, NYU is committed to increasing diversity among its student body. In 2018, NYU increased admittance of Latin and African American students by 14% and 33% respectively. NYU is getting more competitive than ever before, with a 13% rise in international applicants.

Student life at NYU

Students living at NYU’s can expect the vibrancy and fast pace of life in New York City. All students are guaranteed housing at either of the Greenwich Village and Brooklyn Heights residence halls. NYU also aids upperclassmen in any apartment searches, although all NYU students can live in on-campus housing for their entire university attendance. There are over 450 student groups at NYU addition to the many athletic teams, fraternal organizations. Arts and culture are in abundance with access to world-class theater and performing spaces, 17 campus galleries, and 9 cultural houses that explore the cultures of a foreign region or country.


NYU Campus

New York University is expansive and sprawls throughout nearly every borough in New York City. NYU is one of the top three largest landowners in New York City although most of the campus centers around the university’s historic home in Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village and its modern MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. The largest library at NYU is the Bobst Library, which houses more than 3 million volumes. In addition to its iconic facilities in New York City, NYU’s global campuses include fully independent campuses in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, as well as 12 other learning centers in major cities around the world, such as Paris, Berlin and Sydney.

Costs of studying at New York University

Annual tuition at New York University cost of around $51,828 including all fees. As most students live on campus, the price of housing and living expenses can be easily calculated. The yearly cost of housing per student is as follows:

  • Annual tuition $51,828
  • University housing/ student room and meal plan $18,156
  • Books and various supplies $9,384

That puts the cost of one year at NYU at an estimated $79,368. NYU does seek a diverse student body and are committed to ensuring that all students can take full advantage of the NYU experience. In keeping with that mission, offers scholarships on the basis of both need and merit. All students are automatically considered for academic (merit-based) scholarship with no separate application required. For financial need-based scholarships, students must submit all required financial aid applications by the deadlines.


New York University is located in New York City and was conceived as a learning institution that would have the character and attitude of the City its self. Just as the city has grown since NYU’s founding, so too has the university expanded far beyond its home in Washington Square Park.

Q: How much money will I make with a degree from New York University?A: The highest starting salary for NYU grads went to NYU’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing alums ($85,995), followed by the Stern School of Business ($73,986), and the Tandon School of Engineering grads ($65,200). The average annual salary for new NYU graduates was $61,478, almost twice the national average starting salary for recent college graduates. A whopping 96% of recent NYU grads reported being employed or having moved on to further education within 6 months of graduation. Q: How does the accreditation process work?A: NYU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees. MSCHE evaluates institutions of higher education every 10 years against a set of uniform standards for competence and mandates that its member institutions meet rigorous and comprehensive standards, which are addressed in the context of the mission of each institution and within the culture of ethical practices and institutional integrity expected of accredited institutions. Q: What are NYU’s Graduation Rates?A: NYU has one of the best freshmen retention rates in the country, with 93% of students returning for a second year. According to a 2017 statistic, 72% of first-time students graduate within 4 years and 83.8% of students who begin a degree track at NYU graduate within 6 years. This is better than the national averages by more than 30%.

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