During John Sexton’s tenure as president, nearly every area of the school improved markedly — from a doubling of applicants to a tripling of the financial aid budget to an expansion of tenured and tenure-track positions in the arts and sciences by 20% to the creation of an unrivaled global network of academic sites and campuses.

Sexton at Commencement

Highlights include: 

  • NYU’s international stature has grown tremendously, as demonstrated both by the fact that NYU is the first U.S. university in 15 years to both send the greatest number of students abroad and attract the greatest number of international students, and by the fact that in 2012 NYU was the #1 U.S. university searched by international students through the College Board.
  • NYU was the first major U.S. research university to create degree-granting, liberal arts universities in the Middle East and China, campuses over which NYU retains full academic authority and which are accompanied by guarantees of academic freedom.
  • NYU rose in all major rankings, nationally and internationally.
  • Nearly $6 billion was raised, and the endowment more
    than tripled.
  • The merger with the Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn restored engineering as an academic discipline at NYU after an absence of
    40 years.
  • NYU Langone Medical Center improved dramatically—it was ranked #1 in patient safety and overall quality national regional academic medical centers, and the School of Medicine has significantly improved its national ranking in terms of NIH research funding. The College of Dentistry and the College of Nursing have also come to be ranked among the top schools nationally in terms of research. The creation of a Faculty of Health and the NYU School of Global Public Health has solidified NYU’s dominance in the area of health and medicine.
  • NYU faculty were recipients of multiple Nobel Prizes, Abel Prizes, National Medals of Science, Technology, and the Arts, Pulitzer Prizes, Tony Awards and Oscars, among others. The number of NYU faculty who are members of the National Academy of Sciences increased from 18 to 37.
  • Numerous entrepreneurship initiatives were established, including the Berkley Institute for Entrepreneurship, and The Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab; in addition, and, in collaboration with New York City, three business incubators were opened with a focus on the technology sector.
  • Celebrated the first NYU Rhodes Scholars in a generation: two from NYU New York and twelve from NYU Abu Dhabi, including three in that school’s inaugural 2014 class.
  • Student diversity increased in terms of underrepresented students of color, economic diversity, and geographic diversity.
  • Developed first-time, long-term strategic space plan for physical growth and secured necessary city approvals
  • Built a state-of-the-art co-generation plant that is decreasing NYU’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30% and has reduced NYU’s overall energy consumption by a third.
  • NYU significantly improved student support services, including the creation of a Freshman Year Residence Experience in the dorms; an award-winning student health and mental health program, including a free, professionally staffed 24/7 hotline; a significant expansion of counseling services; the launching of a center services in sexual assault cases; the Student Resource Center; and the Academic Resource Center.