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New York University (NYU) is one of America’s most prestigious and longest-established universities, and upholds a reputation for world-class research and academic excellence across a comprehensive program of courses.

Its central New York location is one of the university’s major advantages, with ready access to world-class museums, galleries and cultural institutions, a truly global selection of food, music and nightlife, and one of the largest employment markets in the world. And of course, there is also the bustling atmosphere of New York itself, a city like no other.

The university’s main campus is situated within Manhattan, in the vibrant neighborhood of Greenwich Village. The campus is integrated into the urban plan of the city itself, with more than 170 buildings distributed between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Accommodation is available to students for all four years of their undergraduate course.

NYU is the largest private university in the United States, measured by student enrollment, with a population of over 50,000 students, and approximately 50 percent undergraduate. The university encourages applicants from all over the world, supporting a large and diverse community of international students, comprising around 27 percent of the total student body.

With a 190-year educational heritage, and over 200 different areas of study for students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, the university has an extraordinary breadth of influence, and maintains a huge network of professional partners and associates spanning a wide spectrum of sectors from industry to governance, commerce to consultancy, research, and the arts.

NYU is a highly selective university, and attracts some of the most talented and hard-working students into its ranks, producing an abundance of notable alumni including 38 Nobel laureates, 37 Academy Award winners, 26 Pulitzer Prize winners, and three heads of state.

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NYU is an outward-looking institution, with an extraordinary wealth of human capital and expertize. While this expertise is primarily structured towards inspiring and mentoring its students, the university’s highly acclaimed teaching staff are sometimes commissioned as consultants and advisors to leading international organizations and industry.

This year, three of the NYU faculty have been appointed into the Biden administration, and will serve the government in the running of the country and the development of fair and progressive policymaking:

  • Lily Batchelder - Robert C. Kopple Family Professor of Taxation in the School of Law, will be Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy in the Treasury Department
  • David Hayes - Adjunct Professor of Law at the School of Law, will be Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy
  • Lisa Monaco - Distinguished Senior Fellow, Law and Security, and Cybersecurity Adjunct Professor of Law, will be Deputy Attorney General
Teaching quality

Teaching quality

NYU maintains an outstanding reputation for the caliber of its faculty staff and for the high quality of its taught curriculum. The teaching staff represent some of the most accomplished professional academics in the world, and have a wealth of expertise which they are able to impart upon their students. Many tutors are actively involved in their professional field and continue to participate in cutting-edge research and leading academic work, alongside their teaching commitments at the university. This allows them to bring industry relevant insights and offer opportunities for students to connect with ongoing professional projects.

Students benefit from exposure to a wide variety of teaching methods. The university encourages a culture of active learning, a dynamic and engaging approach that can be effectively employed for groups of any size, and also provides a framework for students to manage their independent learning. As a result of this, NYU continues to produce some of the most successful students in the country, with especially high graduate outcome rates.


Department structure

Department structure

NYU comprises an academic network of schools, colleges, and campuses that extends around the globe. Prospective students have many options to consider when deciding which program and location is most suited to them, and through the course of their education they will have opportunities to study at other NYU locations.

The New York City campus plays host to 11 schools and colleges, and each fosters its own distinct approach towards learning, with a well-defined departmental identity and academic community. Membership of these schools depends on the chosen degree major or program of study:

  • College of Arts & Science
  • College of Dentistry
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • Liberal Studies
  • Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • Silver School of Social Work
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Tandon School of Engineering
  • Tisch School of the Arts

In addition to these, the university has two international campuses in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, and a portfolio of online undergraduate degree programs available to remote learners.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

NYU is a highly selective university, and is well-known for having one of the lowest undergraduate admission rates in the United States. The most recent round of applications saw a record-breaking number of applicants, surpassing 100,000 for the first time in the university’s long history, with an overall acceptance rate of just 12.8 percent.

Academic entry requirements at NYU are typically measured by SAT scores, although the university accepts many different international equivalent assessment systems. While the required score varies from course-to-course, the current cohort of successful undergraduate applicants registered a median SAT score of 1540. Prospective students on certain courses may be required to submit additional work such as an essay or portfolio, and are encouraged to visit the university website for further information.

Although this year has seen the most selective admissions record yet, it has also been the most diverse, with new students representing over 88 countries worldwide.

Fees & funding

Fees & funding

New York remains one of the most expensive cities in the United States in which to live, and with its central Manhattan location, the university understands that the cost of moving to the city can be a significant consideration when applying for a course. Undergraduate tuition fees at NYU are set at around USD 54,000 per year, and to support students with this cost, the university makes a wide range of financial support options available to new and returning students.

NYU provides a comprehensive program of scholarships and bursaries, which vary in value and include stipends, equipment grants, travel provisions, and tuition fee discounts and are awarded on both merit-based and need-based criteria. All financial aid is provided by the university, and does not need to be repaid. While there are a few entirely merit-based awards, the university prioritizes the awarding of financial security for those students who need it most.

Prospective students are encouraged to investigate the range of options available to them during their time at NYU. The university’s financial support team is available all year round for guidance and assistance. Applications are submitted online.



Located in central Manhattan, the NYU campus is a lively hub of activity, and new students will be excited by the diversity of amenities at their fingertips. The campus is a self-contained learning environment offering everything that its students need for academic and personal success, within a short walking distance.

There are cafes, coffee shops and food vendors on site to ensure that students remain refreshed and focused, and plenty of eating options locally. New York is known for its cosmopolitan culture and this can easily be experienced through the astonishing variety of restaurants and eateries in the surrounding area.

NYU has a total of 19 residence halls in Manhattan alone, with a further two in nearby Brooklyn, ensuring that students have access to affordable accommodation, located within convenient distance of the university. There is a large range of housing options available, to suit individual budgets and preferences.

The university supports a huge number of sports and athletic teams, and offers a selection of world-class facilities for students to use, including sport-specific training centers, and multiple gymnasiums. These provide a great opportunity for students to develop a new interest, while staying healthy and meeting like-minded people.

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