Our year as told through NYU's most popular Instagram posts.
Like the year before it, 2021 defies easy description. COVID continued to change the way the University operated, though conscientious mask wearing and vaccine compliance among our faculty, students, and staff meant that we were able to welcome the full community back to campus and resume more in-person activities for the fall semester. And there were plenty of other reasons to celebrate—from record application numbers and history-making awards to graduation and the simple joys of a snow day. Here's a visual snapshot of how it all unfolded—as told through the year's most liked Instagram posts, arranged chronologically. (Click on any image to see the original post from @nyuniversity's grid.)