Chancellor Howard Crosby

Chancellor Howard Crosby

In 1871, NYU instituted a policy of free tuition for undergraduates in arts and sciences. In his annual report from 1871, Chancellor Howard Crosby writes that: "With these changes and improvements in the instruction of the University, we have been able to throw open the doors of these two departments of Arts and Science, and admit to their benefits freely all whose intellectual preparations warrant their admission. This position of gratuitously furnishing the higher education to our city is a proud one for our University to occupy...." The policy backfired, however, when alienated alumni viewed the now-free university as a charity institution unfit for their own children to attend.

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