New York University

New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian research university based in New York City. NYU’s main campus is situated in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan. Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the largest private, nonprofit institutions of higher education in the United States.

NYU is organized into 18 schools, colleges, and institutes, located in six centers throughout Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn, as well as other sites across the globe. NYU operates study abroad facilities in London, Paris, Florence, Prague, Madrid, Berlin, Accra, Shanghai, Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv in addition to the Singapore campus of the Tisch School of the Arts and a comprehensive liberal-arts campus in Abu Dhabi that opened in Sept. 2010. NYU plans to open a site in Washington, D.C. in 2012.

With approximately 12,500 residents, NYU has the seventh-largest university housing system in the U.S. and the largest among private schools. Some of the first fraternities in the country were formed at NYU.

NYU’s sports teams are called the Violets, the colors being the trademarked hue “NYU Violet”, and white. The school mascot is modeled after a bobcat. Almost all sports teams at NYU participate in the NCAA’s Division III and the University Athletic Association. While NYU has had All-American football players, it has not had a varsity football team since the 1960s.

NYU is ranked as one of the top academic institutions in the world. The university counts 33 Nobel Prize winners, 3 Abel Prize winners, 16 Pulitzer Prize winners,19 Academy Award winners, and Emmy,Grammy, and Tony Award winners. NYU also has MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowship holders as well as National Academy of Sciences members among its past and present graduates and faculty.

Admissions and enrollment

NYU has a large, diverse student population representing all 50 states and more than 130 countries. About 25–30% of NYU’s incoming freshmen are from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, while the remaining 70–75% are from outside the Tri-State Area. Ten percent of the students are from one of New York City’s five boroughs and 20% are from the surrounding tri-state area. NYU’s main feeder schools reflect a heavy Northeastern U.S. presence, and particularly a strong New York City influence. Among NYU’s top feeder schools are prestigious high schools including Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science and several top private schools in the north east.

The undergraduate class of 2012 (entering Fall 2008) is made up of 4,310 students, 26.9% of which were early decision candidates. Admission to NYU is highly selective. The middle 50% of SAT scores for the Class of 2011 fell between a 1300 and a 1440 while the middle 50% of ACT scores were between 29 and 31. The average high school GPA was a 3.63 and most incoming students were in the top 10% of their class.The school’s admissions rate fell to an NYU record low of 24% of applicants.

On June 21, 2010 NYU announced the profile of the first freshman class of NYU Abu Dhabi. The first class includes 150 students, 36% which are from the United States. The average SAT score was a 1470 and had an acceptance rate of just 2.1%. They claim to be the “World’s Honors College.”

During the admissions process, some institutions at NYU are relatively more selective than others in certain categories, depending on the institution’s educational goals. For example, NYU’s Abu Dhabi program looks primarily for students who have demonstrated a history of leadership in addition to gifted intellectual ability (the average SAT scores of admitted students are 715 for verbal and 730 for math), whereas NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts – while still requiring very high SAT/ACT scores – focuses much more on artistic and creative prowess (demonstrable via a portfolio) than do other schools at NYU.

NYU is among the top 15 universities in the U.S. in the number of National Merit Scholars in the first-year undergraduate student body.


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