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New York University

Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

NYU’s campus is literally without walls, drawing its spirit from a global city with an entrepreneurial bent, a diversity of human life, and resources that include some of the world’s most famous cultural institutions and most valued professional opportunities. Albeit untraditional, NYU is primarily located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and downtown Brooklyn where there’s no doubt that the neighborhoods feel like a community. Many of NYU’s academic and administrative buildings and freshman residence halls border Washington Square Park. The sidewalks are full of students on their way to class, and members of the NYU community fill the restaurants, shops, and other businesses. Both on campus and off, the people of NYU are directly involved in the day-to-day excitement, culture, and opportunity of the city that serves as a very real extension of NYU’s campus and classrooms.

Students and faculty have access to an exceptional range of facilities, services, residence halls, and dining locations. Academic facilities include nine libraries as well as dozens of specialized centers and institutes. Everyone has access to advanced computer resources and specialized offices that address almost every need—from medical attention to discount theatre tickets.

Traveling to other areas of NYU and around the city is simple and affordable too, thanks to NYU's transportation services and New York City's extensive public transportation system. Both are easy to use and will ensure that you take advantage of all that New York City offers.


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 platform 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.


Strawberry Festival's Annual Celebration! Join NYU's community of students, staff and faculty for a day of wellness, community, and of course, strawberries! This street fair includes carnival games, give-a-ways, interactive booths, live music, and NYC's longest strawberry shortcake. Strawberry Festival is sponsored by the Program Board at NYU.

Welcome {Back} Week welcomes all students back to New York University (at Washington Square and Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn). Celebrate your return with programs and events held the first weeks of classes to kick off the academic year. (Back to the Square events are open to new students, we're just really excited to welcome everyone back also!)

CLUB FEST: Club Fest brings together NYU student organizations under one roof for the semester's largest community-building event. Explore all of the ways you can get involved on campus: get to know all sponsored clubs as current members answer your questions; meet our fraternities and sororities on campus, including multicultural organizations; find athletic clubs and intramural sports you can join. Club Fest is presented by the Center for Student Activities, Leadership, and Service twice a year: once in the fall, then again at the start of the spring semester.

CLASS RECEPTIONS: The Class Activities Boards each host a Welcome Back Class Reception for their class. Receptions have included Sophomore Sundaes, Junior Picnic, and Happy Last First Day for Seniors.

REALITY SHOW: A gritty, funny musical about the lives of NYU students as they experience an array of confounding, confusing, and exciting issues. This production, presented each year to the new incoming class, is also featured each year during Back to the Square for students who want to see it again.

COMMUTER STUDENT WELCOME LUNCH: Come enjoy free food provided by the Commuter Student Council and the Student Resource Center. You'll hear from student leaders about ways to get involved & resources for commuter students.

TRANSFER STUDENT WELCOME LUNCH: Come enjoy free food provided by the Transfer Student Association and the Student Resource Center as they welcome you to NYU. You'll have the opportunity to learn ways to get involved & about resources for transfer students.

MYSTERY CONCERT: NYU Program Board's biggest annual event! Free! Entry only with valid NYU ID and Program Board wristband. From Hip-Hop and Hardcore to Indie Rock and Black Metal, Program Board lls this show each year with a mystery performance of buzzbands, solo artists and even DJs.

Student Life:

With over 400 student clubs and organizations, hundreds of sports and residence hall activities, guest lectures and film screenings, and city excursions and community service opportunities, students get involved with the University, with their college, in their residence hall, and most important, with each other.

Students participate in a wide variety of varsity sports, club sports, and intrumurals. 

New York City is one of the world's most vibrant, culturally rich cities, and residents of NYU's residence halls are at the center of the excitement. Whether you're living in one of the residence halls centered around Washington Square in Greenwich Village, in Brooklyn Heights, or in a residence hall located in one of the city's other bustling neighborhoods, there is an endless amount of activity and things to do and see.



The Bobcat
While NYU athletes still wear violet and white as their team colors, the personified Violet is no longer their mascot. The Violet mascot, clad in a skintight, green body suit with arms in the shape of green violet leaves, a necklace of large purple petals and a purple face with yellow hair was instituted in 1983, only to be replaced in 1984. After the University rejected suggestions including Vikings, Vanguards, and Victors, it adopted the BobCat from the character that symbolized the new computer catalog in Bobst Library. It represents the strong link between academic and athletic excellence at NYU.

New York University today:

More than 15 schools and colleges, 11 global academic centers, an NYU Abu Dhabi degree-granting campus, and an NYU Shanghai degree-granting campus comprise the New York University academic community.


New York University has a total enrollment of roughly 57,300 students, consisting of nearly 25,000 undergraduates, 24,300 graduate and professional students, and 8,000 students enrolled in noncredit programs. 

Famous graduates:

Adam Sandler (born September 9, 1966) was always the class clown but didn't consider becoming a comedian until his brother encouraged him to perform at a Boston Comedy Club. He was a regular on MTV's Remote Control and on NBC's Saturday Night Live before devoting himself to making movies. Sandler is best known for comedy but has also received critical praise for his dramatic work.

Alan Greenspan (born March 6, 1926): After studying music at Juilliard, Greenspan embarked on a career in financial consulting. He advised several presidents before his 1987 appointment as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board by Ronald Reagan. Greenspan remained in this position until 2006, shaping United States monetary policies over a span of two decades. 

Interesting facts about the University of New York University:

Every year, NYU hosts the Strawberry Festival. What’s so special about that? The NYU cooking staff bakes the largest Strawberry Shortcake in New York, using 2,500 egg yolks, 326 lbs. of pastry flour, and 489 cups of sugar.

NYU has a World Champion Quidditch team. Yes, you read that correctly – NYU’s Quidditch team most recently made the Sweet 16 of the World Cup of Quidditch.

19% of NYU’s Class of 2018 are non-US citizens – NYU actually has the highest number of International Students of any school in the United States. On top of that? NYU sends the most students abroad, too.