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5 College Junior

Academics: The reputation and educators are the main reasons why I wanted to study at NYU. I haven't been disappointed.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: NYU has a very easy registration process. its online and allows you to search for specific days, courses, etc

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3 College Freshman

Academics: To be undecided at NYU is very stressful because everyone comes in with a clear idea of what they want to do, as it is such a specialized school.

5 College Student

Academics: The academics are amazing. All the professors actually care about the students and are always want to help whenever they can. But the workload is very rigorous, there is so much to do and it feels like there isn't any time to do it.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: NYU has an amazing nursing program. They have courses that really make you think and the work although seems like a lot at the time, are there to help me and it makes me grateful. Also the fact that I will receive hands on work in my third and four year is a huge advantage for this very popular field.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 19th
    Best Course Variety
  • 181st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 210th
    Smartest Professors
  • 232nd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 335th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Victoria Adesoba
Downtown Brooklyn
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Academics at NYU is highly valued, despite the fact that it has lost a bit of its status over the past couple of years. However, the school is making an effort to regain its reputation as one of the most academically sound institutions in the country. Large revisions of general and lab courses have been commissioned, and other actions have been taken to help students further learn and succeed outside of the classroom. Typically, the deeper into specific majors you go, the professors become more engaging and classes more stimulating. Classes usually range from very large in size (500 students) to very small (around 15 students), but overall, if you remain engaged during each class and ask questions, you will learn a great deal, no matter the amount of students in your class.

Expectations at NYU are high, and professors are experts in their fields. The big difference in professor quality comes from whether or not their brilliant minds are as adept at teaching as they are at researching. Almost every professor on campus wants to hear what students think, and all professors are available in some capacity or another, be it email or office hours. Generally, the more interest and effort students express in their classes and the more they establish personal relationships with professors, the more they get out of the class. Be sure to get to know a good number of your professors, as most of them are pioneers in their respective fields; thus, getting to know them may be beneficial in terms of requesting letters of recommendation or for valuable academic opportunities.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 60%
  • 20 to 49 students: 28%
  • 50 or more students: 12%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Arts & Science
  • College of Nursing
  • Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
  • Gallatin School of Individual Study
  • Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • Silver School of Social Work
  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • Tisch School of the Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Drama and Theatre Production: 2%
  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other: 2%
  • Social Work: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies has online courses.
Best Places to Study
  • A vacant room in the College of Arts and Science College Learning Center
  • Bobst Library
  • An empty class in any NYU academic building (especially the Silver Center or in Meyer Hall)
  • Starbucks on the Square
  • Third Avenue North computer lab
  • West Fourth Street ITS lab
  • With friends in your dorm room
Tips to Succeed
  • Always speak up when you feel you have been graded unfairly. All grades are subject to change.
  • Ask your professors for help-they don't bite. Most of them are more than willing to help students outside of class.
  • Come with an open mind, and you'll make some amazing friends from all over the world.
  • Don't be shy. The only way you can make friends is if you go to all the fun events and make yourself known to everyone else.
  • Explore both the city and the campus! There are so many opportunities for free shows, information about various clubs, and food all over campus, but you've got to look for it.
  • Go to class. It really does help even if you aren't paying total attention; it is good to be there and make yourself present.
  • Never willingly sign up for an 8 a.m. class-you'll probably oversleep at least once.
  • See the city, go to class, and don't take too many reading-intensive classes at once. The main reason students don't like NYU or they transfer is because they had unrealistic expectations that were not met. Experience NYU for what it is and not what you expect it to be.
Did You Know?
  • The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a small innovative college within New York University, gives students the chance to create their own program of study by allowing them to take a multitude of courses within the different schools of NYU. In this way, students may focus on their unique interests. For more information on the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, go to
  • Each year, thousands of people from more than 80 countries worldwide apply for admission to NYU Stern School of Business, due to its prestige and notoriety.
  • The graduate schools most often attended by recent NYU graduates are pretty impressive: Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 136 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 26 responses

  • 22% Alec Baldwin - actor
  • 19% Martin Scorsese - director
  • 14% Lady Gaga
  • 13% Clive Davis - founder of Arista Records
  • 10% Aziz Ansari - actor
  • 9% Donald Glover - actor/writer
  • 6% Whoopi Goldberg - actress/comedian
  • 5% James Franco
  • 3% Matthew Morrison - actor

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 136 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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