Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 26,733
Institutional Type: Private
Curricular Flexibility: Somewhat Flexible
Academic Rating: 4
Business and Political Economy
Film and Television
Global Public Health
5. Eileen Fisher
1. United Nations
2. Credit Suisse
3. NYU Langone Health
4. Arts & Design
2. JPMorgan Chase
4. Morgan Stanley
1. New York City
2. Los Angeles
3. San Francisco
4. Washington, DC
College Scorecard (Early Career): $61,900
EOP (Early Career): $58,100
PayScale (Mid-Career): $117,700
A genuine melting pot, even by the standards of the city in which it is located, New York University’s campus is graced by talented young people of every ethnicity, from every socio-economic status, and from every corner of the globe. All told, there are more than 50,000 students presently enrolled at NYU, just less than half of whom are undergraduates. With more than 230 areas of undergraduate study, the talents and passions of this student body are as diverse as its demographic makeup.
NYU is divided into a number of smaller (but still quite large) colleges organized by discipline. Schools with undergraduate programs include the College of Arts & Sciences; Tisch School of the Arts; Tandon School of Engineering, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Silver School of Social Work; Rory Meyers College of Nursing; Stern School of Business; College of Global Public Health; and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study where students can create their own liberal arts course of study. There are five parts to NYU’s core curriculum that must be tackled by all arts and sciences students. Within other colleges, alterations are made in some areas. The core comprises (1) a research- and writing-focused first-year seminar capped at eighteen students,(2) a course in expository writing, (3) two years of language study, (4) Foundations of Contemporary Culture, and (5)Foundations of Scientific Inquiry.
With over 30,000 graduate students and a similar number of undergrads, you might expect undergraduate courses to be held in large lecture halls, even with a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio. However, NYU manages to run a commendable 59 percent of its classes with an enrollment under twenty students; only 10 percent of courses contain more than fifty students. The school puts a great deal of money into undergraduate research, and it has been running an Undergraduate Research Conference for over forty years. Summer research opportunities are plentiful, including through the School of Engineering’s ten-week summer research program for rising juniors and seniors. With more than 4,400 students studying in foreign countries each year, NYU sends more undergrads abroad than any other US university.
While all schools within NYU have solid reputations that will open doors to top corporations and grad schools alike, Stern holds the distinction as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country. For those entering film, dance, drama, or other performing arts, Tisch is as prestigious a place as you can find to study, and the alumnilist is full of Hollywood legends.
Campus life at NYU is best described in one word: diverse. The make-up of the student body is 28 percent international, the highest percentage of any US school, as its students hail from 115 countries. With sizable Asian, Latino, and African American populations, only about one-fifth of the students are classified as white. Life outside the classroom is every bit as diverse as the demographics as NYU truly has something for everyone. The school’s twenty two dorms provide housing for 12,000 students (including some graduate students); overall, 43 percent of undergrads live on campus. With eleven men’s and ten women’s varsity teams competing in NCAA Division III sports as well as an extensive club and intramural program, NYU has enough opportunity to satisfy the athletically- inclined but is far from a “sports school.” Greek life is also available but tempered with single-digit participation rates in sororities and fraternities. There are 300 student organizations open to all students as well as hundreds more school-specific clubs (e.g., Stern-only, Tandon-only). Performance-based groups abound and often sport incredible alumni lists such as those from the Hammer katz sketch comedy, Tisch New Theater, and WNYU radio. Plenty of quirky, niche options also are available such as the uber-popular Milk and Cookies Club. The university’s Greenwich Village location means all that New York City has to offer is at your fingertips. International cuisine, Broadway shows, world-renowned museums, top musical and comedy acts, and shopping can all be part of your daily existence.
The Wasserman Center for Career Development has fifty professional staff members who work in areas such as career counseling, recruitment, and student employment. That 580:1 student-to-advisor ratio is a bit higher than the average school featured in this guide. Catering to the career services needs of more than 25,000 full-time undergrads is a massive task. Fortunately, NYU’s staff is up to it, hosting large-scale events such as the Fall Job & Internship Fair as well as other industry-specific events throughout the year including real estate, nursing, government, and hospitality and tourism.
Of the employed members of last year's Class, 56 percent landed their jobs through an NYU resource. Among there sources rated “most helpful” by job/internship seekers were NYU Career Net, NYU Connections, and the NYU On-Campus Recruiting Program. Those landing summer jobs and internships along the way also attributed their procurement of positions directly to Wasserman at a similar 54 percent clip. The top summer internship destinations include PwC, EY, Credit Suisse, Accenture, Barclay’s, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. Thirteen percent of employed graduates were the recipients of promotions stemming from summer internships. A solid 42 percent of employed grads received job offers prior to commencement. More than half a million alumni are situated in companies and organizations around the world, leaving no shortage of networking opportunities.
Within six months of graduating, 97 percent of last year's graduates had successfully landed at their next destination. Of that group, 85 percent were employed and 15 percent were in graduate school. Over half of the grads received more than one job offer. The top industries for employment were entertainment/media (20 percent), financial services/banking (17 percent), health care (13 percent), computer science/technology (11 percent), and consulting (10percent). Large numbers of alumni can be found at major corporations such as Google, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Citi, and Amazon. The mean starting salary is $65,000 with a mean signing bonus of almost $12k. Last year, New York was (by more than ten times) the most popular destination over number two choice California. New Jersey, DC, and Massachusetts were next in attracting the highest numbers of recent alumni.
Of the 15 percent of the Class attending graduate school, 18 percent were seeking degrees in arts/humanities/social sciences, 13 percent were in medical school, and 10 percent were in law school. Elite graduate and professional schools are well within the grasp of an NYU alum, including the university’s own top-ranked Stern School of Business, School of Law at New York University, and the School of Medicine at New York University (Langone). Even though the number of students directly matriculating into graduate school is relatively small, 48 percent stated that they planned to continue their education within the next five years.83
• “You can walk out of bed and be wherever you want within 5 minutes, such as restaurants or a museum.”
• “It’s popping with culture. There are street artists, performers, and people walking around in costumes. People
really have their own vibe going on which is cool to see.”
• “It’s super busy, which makes it hard to find your own personal space. Once you do, things get a lot easier.”
• “The networking here is amazing. I was in an Uber Pool one time and a CEO heard that I went to NYU and gave
me his card to reach out to me about an internship. The most random things like that will happen to you. Also, every
major company is in New York. You have so many opportunities.”
• “Even though we do have that campus feel, I get jealous of my friends that go to a full-blown school with a
campus such as UVA. It seems like it’s a different experience when everyone is constrained to one area.”
• “There is a lot of construction and road work, along with the traffic. This can all get pretty noisy.”
• “Going to NYU comes with the subculture of how everybody is so busy in New York and that you’re not going to
have someone with you 24/7. I know a lot of people were stuck together with their best friends in high school, but in
New York it’s not like that because everyone has their side thing or they have to [travel around the city]. You’re going
to be alone a lot and that is because the city is very fast paced. You’ll meet a lot of people, but maintaining
relationships with those people is very difficult. Everyone who I’ve talked to at NYU says that they [at some point] get
lonely because it’s hard to develop really strong relationships at such a fast pace. Once you come to college you
expect to have your best friend in like a month, but it’s not going to happen like that.”
• “NYU fosters creativity and personality in really nurturing your individuality.”
• “The city is an amazing environment. NYU gives you a fair amount of chances to better your academic and social
life while seeing what New York has to offer.”
• “The abroad programs are great. It’s very easy and it’s the same price as tuition.”
• “The networking opportunities are incredible. So many spontaneous things are going to happen to you that
you’re not going to expect. Being in the city alone can open so many doors for you.”
• “There is not a 100% state college feel, like with the football team and tailgates.”
• “The cost of living is really high.”
• “The campus is huge. It can take 20-25 minutes to walk from one class to another.”
• “There are so many distractions in New York that will distract you from schoolwork.”
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