Statistics of the class of 1881 in the University Item

Statistics of the class of 1881 in the University Item

In 1881, with an enrollment of only 75 students, NYU's undergraduate college almost closed its doors due to financial trouble. By the early 1880s, the University had half the undergraduate enrollment of six years earlier. Although the professional schools of law, medicine, and engineering thrived, the undergraduate school continued to struggle, with usually fewer than 100 students registered. Yet, the school managed to survive and would soon thrive. In 2005, close to 5,000 bachelor's degrees were conferred.

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