We all say it each May—the year flew by so quickly! But for NYU, this truly was one for the ages. It makes sense: the 2015-2016 academic year featured lots of change, lots of new activity, and, well, all the typical frenzy of life in New York.
These are just a few highlights from a remarkable year. As you head off to summer adventures, take a walk down recent-memory lane to see what you might have missed.
We welcomed our 16th president—Andrew Hamilton, a noted chemist and vice chancellor of the University of Oxford—who assumed his duties on Jan. 1, 2016, and bid a fond farewell to our 15th, John Sexton. A new Provost, Katherine Fleming, will assume that role on Sept. 1, 2016.
In his first semester, Hamilton visited every NYU school and got to know three very special NYUers in this video. He was featured this semester in The New York Times, The New York Observer, and Crain’s New York Business.
Hamilton recently announced an an upcoming wage increase to $15/hour for NYU student workers. He also presented the lowest increase in NYU cost of attendance in 20 years and a boost in the number of lower-cost student rooms by 50%. Following a university-wide town hall in November on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Provost David W. McLaughlin announced several steps forward in that realm—including increased staffing in the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs and the creation of a task force to advancing the University’s efforts to embrace its diversity and promote a culture of inclusion.
A $100 million gift from Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon heralded the renamed NYU Tandon School of Engineering. And a $30 million gift was given by Howard and Rose-Marie “Rory” Meyers to its College of Nursing—the largest gift to an established school of nursing in the history of nursing education—renaming the school as the Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
NYU came in at no. 30 on the Times Higher Education World University rankings, up from 60 in 2010. We were no. 32 among the U.S. News and World Report best national universities and no. 34 on its best global university ranking. The Center for World University Rankings put us at no. 18 internationally.
A total of 63,702 students applied for admission to the Class of 2020—more than doubling the number of applicants since 2002 and marking nine consecutive record-breaking years. As Coles closed, NYU opened 404 Fitness—a new gym on Lafayette Street between West 4th and Astor Place. And two schools marked milestone birthdays: Tisch turned 50, and Steinhardt celebrated 125 years.
Faculty received an array of awards and honors from such organizations as the American Chemical Society, the American College of Cardiology, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Political Science Association, the American Philosophical Society, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and more.
Gallatin grad Zachary Fine and NYU Abu Dhabi senior Farah Shamout each won 2016 Rhodes Scholarships. Undergraduates were named a Schwarzman Scholar, Marshall Scholar, and a Glamour College Woman of the Year.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected five NYU faculty as fellows, while another six faculty received Guggenheim Fellowships. The Langone Medical Center completed the most comprehensive face transplant ever performed, and the first of its kind in New York State. NYU was recognized for its continued "green" efforts.
In the arts, Steinhardt professor John Scofield earned a Grammy Award, two NYU alumni won Academy Awards, six won Golden Globes, and 12 landed Tony nominations. In print, journalism professor Pamela Newkirk won an NAACP Image Award, and New York Institute of Humanities fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates won a National Book Award.
And, as usual, we hosted plenty of celebrities on campus, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, TV legend Norman Lear, former NBA commissioner David Stern, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer, NYU artist in residence Pharrell Williams, Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tisch alum Billy Crystal, Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova and professors Spike Lee and Questlove.