New York University

#23 / #12
Global Influence / U.S. Influence
Most Desirable School
Private research university in New York City

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About New York University

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

According to Wikipedia, New York University is a private research university in New York City. Chartered in 1831 by the New York State Legislature, NYU was founded by a group of New Yorkers led by then Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin.

New York University Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual Applications Acceptance Graduation Rate Median SAT Score Median ACT Score
80,210 21% 88% 1440 32

How Much Does New York University Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)
Price by Family Income
Income Average Net Cost
0 - 30K $25,937
30K - 48K $25,771
48K - 75K $32,733
75K - 110K $41,038
110K+ $55,206

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

How Much Do New York University Graduates Make?

If you graduate from New York University, then you can expect to earn an average of $78,600 per year. You also have a 90% chance of being employed after 10 years.

New York University's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student Body Under-Grads Graduates
48,975 29,690 19,285

Where is New York University?

New York University is located at 70 Washington Sq South, New York NY 10012-1091

What Is New York University Known For?

New York University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

New York University's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

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 Law, Social Work, and Business. Here are some of New York University's most famous alumni:

Erich Fromm
Erich Fromm
A German sociologist and psychoanalyst.
Martha Nussbaum
Martha Nussbaum
An American philosopher.
John Archibald Wheeler
John Archibald Wheeler
An American physicist.
Alan Greenspan
Alan Greenspan
A 13th Chairman of the Federal Reserve in the United States.
Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller
A Sixth director of the FBI. Robert Mueller is American attorney.
Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn
An American historian, playwright, and socialist thinker.
Jonas Salk
Jonas Salk
An Inventor of polio vaccine .
Martin Hellman
Martin Hellman
An American cryptographer.
Lewis Mumford
Lewis Mumford
An American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology and literary critic .
Jean van Heijenoort
Jean van Heijenoort
A Historian of mathematical logic and personal secretary to Leon Trotsky.
Louis Nirenberg
Louis Nirenberg
An American mathematician of Canadian origin .
John Ashbery
John Ashbery
A Poet from the United States of America.

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