From the day of its founding in 1831, NYU set itself apart from many other institutions. Our founders took the challenge of forming a different kind of university, one that would educate not just men of privilege but all talented and ambitious New Yorkers. The university's goals were to make an exceptional education available to all people with talent, to link the liberal arts to real-life experience, and to draw strength from the City and the wider world.
Today, the university has changed a great deal, but has never wavered in this central mission: to provide educational opportunity to all types of people. Here, no single identity has a monopoly on intellect or talent; differences in one's background or viewpoint are to be expected and respected.
Some traits NYU students share? Energy. Focus. Creativity. A desire to excel and face challenges in all aspects of their lives—intellectually, professionally, and personally.
Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment that will enable you to become an independent and creative thinker with the versatility, resourcefulness, and social awareness necessary to thrive in a dynamic environment.