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New York University is a dynamic urban global research university whose students, faculty, and graduates generate new understandings and innovation for vital and sustainable communities within a complex interdependent world.

Undergraduate life at NYU is made up of a unique combination of experiences that stem from the vast learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, the rich culture and excitement of New York City, and numerous options for international experiences through the University's global programs. Students will have countless ways to connect with other students in their schools and classrooms, in residence halls, student clubs, and while on the NYU campus.

For students pursuing a rigorous and extensive education in liberal arts

  • College of Arts and Science provides a premier liberal arts education by laying a foundation of general education and skills on which to build specialized study in one or more of the arts and sciences, involving students in research, offering them opportunities for professional education, making full use of NYC and developing cultural competence and the potential for leadership in a global world.
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study students design their own individualized program of study. This program combines courses taken in the various schools of NYU with independent studies, internships and Gallatin’s own small-scale interdisciplinary seminars. Gallatin provides students with a unique combination of program flexibility matched with academic rigor and the guidance and support of extraordinary advisers.
  • Liberal Studies Program (LS) provides students with small, seminar format classes led by a teaching faculty in a writing-intensive great works curriculum that serves as a sound liberal arts foundation for study in all of NYU's baccalaureate programs. Liberal Studies is currently only available to those students who are referred to it by our Admissions Offices.
  • Global Liberal Studies Program (GLS) is a new, innovative bachelor's program that features core course work in the liberal arts with a focus on great works in a global context. All GLS students spend their junior year abroad at an NYU site. Graduates of GLS will be world citizens, proficient in a foreign language, engaged in international cultures, and well prepared to enter the world of work or for admission to professional and graduate schools.

For students pursuing a liberal arts education, combined with distinctive professional training

  • College of Nursing educates future nursing professionals who exemplify the highest standards of excellence in research, teaching/learning and practice for a global society.
  • Paul McGhee Division in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies constitutes an intimate liberal arts college environment for both mature first-time degree seekers and those returning after a lapse of time to complete deferred undergraduate studies in applied business and professional fields, the humanities, and the social sciences.
  • Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management prepares traditional age students for industry leadership through distinctive academic and professional studies that integrate theory, practice, and internship and mentoring opportunities, within the general NYU undergraduate experience.
  • School of Social Work educates future leaders with the analytic and human relations skills necessary to create positive change in the domains of education, healthcare, human rights, policy, law, human services, and other fields. Through direct engagement with the most pressing social problems in today's complex urban environments, social work combines service, research, and scholarship to advance the cause of social justice and promote the ideals of a humane society.
  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development advances knowledge, creativity, and innovation at the critical crossroads of human learning, culture, development, and well-being. Through rigorous research, faculty and students in education, psychology, music, visual arts, communication and health inform policy and practice and lead in an ever-changing world.
  • Stern Undergraduate School is entrusted with developing the leaders who will meet the economic and social challenges of this century; Stern's vision is to build, educate and inspire a community of socially engaged, intellectually vibrant, global leaders and thinkers.
  • Tisch School of the Arts, "a daring adventure," provides a template for training artists inside a research university, emphasizing a learn-by-doing pedagogy, risk taking, collaboration, partnerships with New York City professional communities and the value of a liberal arts education.

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