NYU at a Glance

Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the United States. The University has degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai and operates 11 global academic centers and research programs in more than 25 countries. New York University is also one of the largest employers in New York City, with more than 19,000 employees.

Students in Washington Square Park

Schools, Colleges, Institutes, and Programs

1832
College of Arts and Science

1835
School of Law

1841
School of Medicine

1854
Tandon School of Engineering
(formerly the Polytechnic School of Engineering)

1865
College of Dentistry

1886
Graduate School of Arts and Science

1890
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

1900
Leonard N. Stern School of Business

1922
Institute of Fine Arts

1932
College of Nursing

1934
School of Professional Studies

1934
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

1938
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

1960
Silver School of Social Work

1965
Tisch School of the Arts

1972
Gallatin School of Individualized Study

1972
Liberal Studies

2006
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

2010
NYU Abu Dhabi

2012
Center for Urban Science and Progress

2012
College of Global Public Health

2013
Marron Institute of Urban Management

2013
NYU Shanghai

University Facts

Founding Date: April 18, 1831
Official Color:
Violet
Nickname:
Violets
Alma Mater:
The Palisades
Mascot:
Bobcat

Bobcat Mascot

Alumni:
Nearly 470,000 from the United States and 183 foreign countries

Academic and Administration: 
More than 5 million square feet of interior space (Washington Square Campus)

Residential:
Housing for more than 11,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students

Libraries:
NYU's 11 libraries hold more than 5.9 million volumes and the Bobst Library receives 10,000 visits per day when school is in session

Selected Faculty Awards and Honors

4
Nobel and Crafoord Prizes

5
Pulitzer Prizes

11
MacArthur Fellowships

7
Lasker Awards

3
Abel Prizes

68
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

8
Howard Hughes Medical Investigatorships

14
National Medals for Science, Technology and Innovation, Arts and Humanities

34
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering

25 in the last 17 years
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships/Grants

159 since 1964; 82 in the last 17 years
Guggenheim Fellowships

Full-time Faculty

Tenured and tenure-track: 3,675
Non-tenure-track/contract: 3,749
Other:
437
Total Faculty: 7,861

Includes Washington Square and School of Medicine

Commencement

Enrollment
(as of Fall 2015)

Total: 58,419
Undergraduate: 28,341
Graduate and Professional: 24,620
Noncredit Programs:
5,458

Six-year Graduation Rate

2016 (fall 2009 cohort): 84%

Degrees Conferred
(2015-2016)

Total: 16,023
Associates:
87
Baccalaureate:
5,914
Master's:
8,523
Doctoral:
489
Professional:
1010

Student Demographics
(Fall 2016)

Asian: 14%
African American:
5%
Hispanic/Latino:
9%
White:
30%
International:
26%
Other:
12%

Rounded to the nearest percentile

Freshman Class
(Fall 2016)

Applicants: 63,802
Acceptance rate: 31%
First-generation college students:
20%
Pell Grant eligible students:
23%*

*For 2014-2015 freshman class, most recent public reporting

Financial Information

Undergraduate Tuition Fees (2016-2017)
$49,062

Endowment
$3.6 billion

Sponsored Research*
$700 million (Fiscal 2016)

*Total research expenditures include the Medical School, Tandon School of Engineering, and NYU Abu Dhabi.

NYU Financial Aid (2017)
$630 million

University Budget
(Fiscal 2017/Washington Square campus)

$3.075 billion