In a national study of 536 private institutions' endowments at June 30, 2009, NYU's total endowment (including the School of Medicine) was the 18th largest in total size, but 177th in endowment per student (or $58,085 per student).
For fiscal 2010 (9/1/09 - 8/31/10), the Endowment generated a return of 8.0%. This performance meaningfully exceeded that of the major market indices - for example, the global equity index return was 4.0% for the period. The Endowment’s portfolio is diversified across multiple asset classes and strategies. It has also maintained a conservative approach to the utilization of leverage and maintenance of liquidity, which served NYU well during, and emerging from, the recent financial crisis. Over the past ten years, the Endowment’s annualized return was 5.3%.
In the Fall 2010 semester, the University employs 7,969 individuals in academic positions as full-time and part-time faculty members and researchers, and 4,873 individuals as full-time and part-time technical, clerical, service, and administrative employees. In addition, throughout fiscal 2011, the University is likely to employ approximately 9,500 part-time students in hourly positions.