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Diversity Profile

New York University—the largest private research university in the United States—is an urban university with a global network of campuses worldwide. 

Of the 23,700 undergraduates currently enrolled, 18% are African American or Latino. Students come from all 50 states and 130 countries, with international students making up 19% of the total student body in New York. NYU Abu Dhabi’s student body represents more than 100 countries, and NYU Shanghai is 50% Chinese and 50% international. Students benefit from extraordinary liberal arts curricula, research opportunities, and an extensive professional network.

With campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, NYU has become one of the world’s first truly global universities.

NYU in New York City
Greenwich Village is NYU’s campus neighborhood, and New York City is an extension of NYU’s campus. The world capital of finance, communication, and culture, New York City offers the best in theater, dance, music, film, libraries, museums, and galleries. Here you have access to internships that complement course work and professional goals. NYU’s alumni network of nearly half a million and affiliations with corporations, government agencies, and social institutions will help you launch a successful career.

NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi blends global academic experiences with a liberal arts, sciences, and engineering curriculum. In Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s most dynamic cities, you will conduct research, volunteer, intern, and travel in the region and throughout NYU’s global network.

NYU Shanghai
NYU’s comprehensive liberal arts campus in China’s financial and commercial capital gives you access to Asia’s top companies, media outlets, and museums for class trips and professional opportunities. As at the other two campuses, you’ll gain an academic foundation in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences before focusing on your major.

Financial aid
Applicants will be considered for all possible NYU financial aid—including need- and merit-based scholarships—if they fill out the CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE, the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE (if applicable), and the FAFSA.

Admission to NYU is highly selective. The Admissions Committee reviews each application holistically, evaluating many factors that include your academic record, a combination of standardized test scores, letters of evaluation, and your personal statements and essay. For details, visit




Founded: 1831

Location: New York, New York; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Shanghai, China

Affiliation: Private, nonsectarian

Member: Association of American Universities

Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; graduate and professional accrediting agencies recognize degrees in all categories.

Schools and Colleges (New York):
• College of Arts and Science
• College of Nursing
• Gallatin School of Individualized Study
• Leonard N. Stern School of Business
• Liberal Studies
• School of Professional Studies
• Silver School of Social Work
• Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
• Tandon School of Engineering
• Tisch School of the Arts

2015–2016 Costs:
Tuition/fees: $45,000–$53,000
Housing/food: $17,500-$18,500

Average Class Size: Under 30

Student-Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Housing: 21 residence halls

Student Life: The Kimmel Center for University Life houses dining facilities, student lounges, and the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Athletics: Two facilities contain pools; a diving tank; saunas; courts for basketball, squash, and tennis; weight rooms; dance and yoga studios; and a rooftop track. Twenty-one intercollegiate teams compete in NCAA Division III and the University Athletic Association.

Application Deadlines and Fees:
Early Decision I: November 1
Early Decision II, Regular Decision: January 1
Application fee: $70