Tuition and fees net of financial aid for undergraduate and graduate students account for 57%
of total operating revenue.
Student housing and dining contribute 10% of operating revenue, while all other auxiliary
operations account for 2% of the total.
Expendable philanthropic contributions account for 4% of total revenue for operations. Gifts to
endowment and gifts for construction (i.e., not expendable for operations) are in addition to
Endowment distributions, combined with earnings on short-term investments of operating cash balances, provide 4% of the revenue budget. (The market value of NYU's total endowment at August 31, 2015 was approximately $3.5 billion, of which, $828 million was for the NYU Langone Medical Center.)
The budget assumes a total return on endowment investments of 6%. Distributions
from endowment to support operations are calculated using the fiscal 2015 distribution
amount plus 0.3%, which was the increase in the New York Metro Area CPI for the
twelve months ending December 31, 2014. This results in a per-unit appropriation amount of 4.8% of the 12 quarter average market value, and 4.5% of its value at December 31, 2014.
Income from commercial real estate represents 2% of the revenue budget.
Sponsored research accounts for 5% of total revenue, and sponsored educational programs
account for 11% of the total.
Clinical income from dental patient care provides 2% of operating revenue.
All other sources of revenue total 3%. This category includes many relatively small items such
as service payments from the School of Medicine, annual appropriations from the State of New
York, and transfers from non-operating funds.
Another way to view the expense budget is by purpose of expenditures.
The combined rate of increase in undergraduate tuition and fees in the fiscal 2016 budget over the prior year is 3.4%, while the rate of increase for room and board charges for a typical arrangement of an entering freshman is 4.7%. Although the over-all rate of increase in room and board is 3.5%, a change in the inventory of dorm rooms for freshman due to the return to service of Hayden Hall results in a higher average rate for freshmen. Compared with 25 peer private non-profit institutions, NYU’s rates of increase for tuition and fees are below the group’s median and mean.
In a national study by NACUBO of 810 college and university endowments at June 30, 2014, NYU's total endowment (including the School of Medicine) was the 18th largest in total size among private universities, but182nd in endowment per student (or $89,000 per student).
The Endowment is invested with a long-term orientation. For the five years ended August 31, 2015, the Fund delivered an annualized return of 7.7% per year, outperforming a passive 60/40 blended of global stocks and bonds, which returned 6.5% over the same period. For further information, please visit the Investment Office webpage.
The University employs approximately 9,000 individuals in academic positions as full-time and part-time faculty members and researchers, and approximately 5,500 individuals as full-time and part-time technical, clerical, service, and administrative employees at its Washington Square campus alone. In addition, the University employs approximately 8,000 part-time students in hourly positions throughout the year.
During the Fall 2015 semester, the University enrolled 58,061 students at all campuses – New York, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Of that number, 27,437 were undergraduate students, 24,305 were graduate and professional students (including the School of Medicine), and 6,319 were non-credit students.