New York University
#16 Overall Influence#44 Desirability Rank

New York University

Private research university in New York City

About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

As the cultural mecca of the US, New York City naturally contains many fine colleges and universities. One of the very best is New York University (NYU), located in Washington Square in Lower Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. While NYU is a quintessentially urban school lacking a conventional, pastoral college campus setting, its site is immediately recognizable thanks to Washington Square Arch, which is a replica of the ancient Roman Arch of Titus and very similar in appearance to Paris’s celebrated Arc de Triomphe (though only half its size).

One of the principal founders of NYU was Albert Gallatin, president of the National Bank of New York, former US diplomat, and Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson. At the center of Gallatin’s vision for NYU was that the school would accept students from a wider variety of social and family backgrounds, thus making a college education available to young men who showed outstanding academic or personal merit.

This was a novel idea at the time, but one that NYU continues to take seriously today. For example, its entering undergraduate class each year represents nearly 90 foreign countries, in addition to almost all of the American states. NYU also has 12 mini-campuses, or “global academic centers,” located in cities around the world:

  • Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
  • Accra (Ghana)
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Florence (Italy)
  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Madrid (Spain)
  • Paris (France)
  • Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Shanghai (China)
  • Sydney (Australia)
  • Tel Aviv (Israel)

Through this extensive network, more NYU students participate in study-abroad programs than those of any other American university.

Some 37 winners of the Nobel Prize are connected to NYU, including, notably,:

  • Severo Ochoa—chemistry
  • Eric Kandel—physiology or medicine
  • Wassily Leontief—economics

In addition, NYU can boast eight Turing Award winners, including:

  • Martin Hellman
  • Judea Pearl
  • Michael Rabin
  • Robert Tarjan

as well as five Fields Medalists, including Akshay Venkatesh.

Finally, notable NYU alumni from other walks of life include:

  • Philosophers, Thomas Nagel, Peter Singer, & David Chalmers
  • Film directors, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, & Tom Ford
  • Singer, Neil Diamond
  • Actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, James Franco, & Timothée Chalamet
  • Former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

71,834

Acceptance

20%

Graduation Rate

85%

Median SAT Score

1410

Median ACT Score

31

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$49,256

Fees (in-state)

$2,572

IncomeAverage Net Cost
0-30K$29,080
30K-48K$28,607
48K-75K$36,729
75K-110K$42,515
110K+$57,678

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$78,600

Employed

90%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

47K

Under-Grads

29K

Graduates

18K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

70 Washington Sq South, New York NY 10012-1091

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#7 World Rank #6 USA Rank
Social Work
#8 World Rank #6 USA Rank
Medical
#8 World Rank #7 USA Rank
Business
#8 World Rank #4 USA Rank
Literature
#9 World Rank #8 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#10 World Rank #7 USA Rank
Nursing
#10 World Rank #9 USA Rank
Political Science
#10 World Rank #9 USA Rank
Communications
#11 World Rank #9 USA Rank
Computer Science
#11 World Rank #7 USA Rank
Education
#12 World Rank #9 USA Rank
Economics
#13 World Rank #8 USA Rank
Law
#15 World Rank #9 USA Rank
History
#16 World Rank #11 USA Rank
Psychology
#23 World Rank #12 USA Rank
Mathematics
#23 World Rank #16 USA Rank
Biology
#24 World Rank #8 USA Rank
Philosophy
#27 World Rank #16 USA Rank
Anthropology
#30 World Rank #14 USA Rank
Sociology
#35 World Rank #28 USA Rank
Engineering
#49 World Rank #20 USA Rank
Chemistry
#50 World Rank #19 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#54 World Rank #17 USA Rank
Physics
#63 World Rank #27 USA Rank
Religious Studies

Influential People

Who are New York University's Most influential alumni?

New York University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Social Work, Medical, and Business. New York University’s most academically influential people include Friedrich Hayek, John Archibald Wheeler, and Erich Fromm.

Friedrich Hayek
Friedrich Hayek

Austrian and British economist

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John Archibald Wheeler
John Archibald Wheeler

American physicist

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Erich Fromm
Erich Fromm

German sociologist and psychoanalyst

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Martha Nussbaum
Martha Nussbaum

American philosopher

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Jonas Salk
Jonas Salk

Inventor of polio vaccine

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Israel Kirzner
Israel Kirzner

American economist

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Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn

American historian, playwright, and socialist thinker

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Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose

American TV interviewer and journalist

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John Clute
John Clute

Canadian literary critic

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Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

American actress, film director and screenwriter

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John Ashbery
John Ashbery

Poet from the United States of America

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Arthur Kornberg
Arthur Kornberg

American biochemist

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