Global world rankings for NYU have increased dramatically during Sexton’s tenure.
Today, NYU is:

  • #27 in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities, up from #55 in 2003.
  • #30 in the Times of Higher Education’s World University Rankings , up from #60 in 2011.
  • #34 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities, up from #36 in 2014.
  • #53 in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking, up from #79 in 2004
  • NYU cited by ThompsonReuters as the university with the #1 most improved international ranking between 2010-2015.
  • NYU called out by Times of Higher Education for its dramatic rise in ranking
  • NYU has been in the top 5 of the Princeton Review's "Dream School" rankings for 10 years, including three years at #1.
  • Significant progress among NYU’s schools in the U.S. News and World Report 2015 rankings, including:
    • The Silver School of Social Work rose to #16, up from #25 in 2000
    • The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service rose to #6 from #19 in 2002
    • The School of Medicine rose to #14 in research, up from #34 in 2007.
Sexton with students

Quality of Life

Student Health and Mental Health

NYU expanded all of its health services, especially mental services since 2002. Programs established include:

  • The NYU Wellness Exchange, a free 24-7 hotline staffed with medical professionals to address health and mental health issues
  • A 24/7 Crisis Response program Service & Walk-in Counseling
  • A University wide training of faculty and RA staff to identify potential student issues.
  • Student health fees and the student insurance plan were restructured to allow for a core of primary care, women’s health, and mental health services to be provided to all NYU students, with no out of pocket expenses, regardless of their insurance coverage.
  • Launched a new sexual misconduct center - Sexual misconduct Prevention, Assistance, Counseling & Education (S.P.A.C.E.) - which provides medical assistance; training & educational outreach for students, faculty and staff; and comprehensive support services from licensed health professionals.
    • Enacted a new sexual misconduct policy in 2014; revised to comply with new NYS law in 2015, and extended policy across all of NYU.
    • Added new staff members and developed programs and initiatives, .
  • Added 15 global counselors across all NYU global sites to support and coordinate student access to health/mental health services while students are abroad.
  • A new student health center in Brooklyn
  • Created the award-winning Reality Show: NYU, a musical about the challenges of college life that is required viewing for all freshmen. The show is written, performed, and produced by
    NYU students.
  • The Jed Foundation award the JedCampus seal for the mental health and suicide prevention programs in 2013
  • NYU has received 28 awards in “excellence and innovation” from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, more than any other college or university in the history of the program.

Residential Life

  • Since 2002, NYU revamped its residential life programming to create specialized living and learning environments. The changes include:
    • Expanding the number of faculty living in student residence fellows from 2 in 2002 to 32
      in 2015
    • Creating seven freshman-only residence halls and special residential programming
      for freshmen
    • Establishing the Explorations Program, which provides specialized housing communities for 1,675 students in areas of interest including fashion, photography, theater, film,
      and science.
    • Creating NYU Move-In Day, which marshals hundreds of students and administrators as volunteers annually to help thousands of freshmen move into their dorms the Sunday before Labor Day weekend.
    • Retrofitted 21 residence halls with sprinkler systems, other life safety systems, and
      other upgrades  

Academic and Student Resources

  • Improved student/faculty ratio from 12:1 to 11:1
  • Created the Academic Resource Center to offer new student advisement and tutoring programs
  • Created the Student Resource Center to help students navigate life at NYU and in NYC and foster a feeling of community among the students.
  • Created the online NYU Student Link to reduce bureaucratic frustrations of students dealing with the Registrar, Bursar, Housing, and Financial Aid offices.
  • Became a national leader in reforming the college intern process by instituting measures for fair labor practices on NYU’s Career database.
    • Paid internship opportunities rose to 63.42% of all internships in 2015 from 51.2% in its first year of operation.
    • Non-paying internship opportunities decreased to 15.9% of all internships from 26.9%
      in 2014.