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About NYU

Since its founding in 1831, NYU has been an innovator in higher education, reaching out to an emerging middle class, embracing an urban identity and professional focus, and promoting a global vision that informs its 20 schools and colleges:

  • 1832 College of Arts and Science
  • 1835 School of Law
  • 1841 Grossman School of Medicine
  • 1865 College of Dentistry
  • 1886 Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • 1890 Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • 1900 Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • 1934 School of Professional Studies
  • 1938 Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Services
  • 1948 Post-graduate Medical School
  • 1960 Silver School of Social Work
  • 1965 Tisch School of the Arts
  • 1963 Mount Sinai School of Medicine (affiliated July 1, 1999)
  • 1972 Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • 2005 Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • 2006 University College
  • 2006 Faculty of Arts & Science
  • 2010 NYU Abu Dhabi
  • 2013 NYU Shanghai
  • 2014 Tandon School of Engineering
  • 2015 School of Global Public Health
  • 2019 Grossman Long Island School of Medicine

Today, that trailblazing spirit makes NYU a prominent and respected research university  featuring top-ranked academic programs. Anchored in New York City and with degree-granting campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and study away sites throughout the world, NYU is a leader in global education, with more international students and more students studying abroad than any other US university.

NYU students come from nearly every state and 133 countries, and the university draws upon the diverse backgrounds of our faculty, staff, and students, ensuring its scholarship and teaching benefit from a wide range of perspectives. NYU takes seriously its role as an engine of social mobility, and stands out among the top US universities in its representation of low-income and first-generation students within its community.

Now among the largest private universities in the US, NYU provides a rigorous, demanding education to more than 65,000 students and undertakes $1 billion in research annually. It counts among its faculty recipients of the highest scholarly honors and is a top producer of patents and revenue from licensing among US universities. NYU has a vast network of alumni who have gone on to succeed across professions, from the sciences to the arts and government, throughout the world.

NYU Mission Statement

Great cities are engines of creativity, and New York University takes its name and spirit from one of the busiest, most diverse and dynamic cities of all. The University lives within New York and other great cities, from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai, Paris to Prague, Sydney to Buenos Aires—all magnets for talented, ambitious people.

Thriving beyond borders and across academic disciplines, NYU has emerged as one of the most networked and extensive worldwide platforms for learning, teaching, researching, building knowledge, and inventing new ways to meet humanity’s challenges. Its students, faculty and alumni feed off the stimulating power of swirling intellectual and cultural experiences by mastering academic disciplines, expressing themselves in the arts, and excelling in demanding professions.

New York University’s mission is to be a top quality international center of scholarship, teaching and research. This involves retaining and attracting outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, encouraging them to create programs that draw outstanding students, and providing an intellectually rich environment. NYU seeks to take academic and cultural advantage of its location and to embrace diversity among faculty, staff and students to ensure a wide range of perspectives, including international perspectives, in the educational experience.