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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are definitely challenging but if the available resources are used wisely, then those efforts can sometimes show through.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are truly passionate about what they teach, even if not all of them are the best at teaching, that's where TA's come in! For the most part the curriculum involved with getting a degree is very well-rounded with lots of opportunities for electives and other passions. Registration is pretty easy to manage, but frustrating as an underclassman because you probably won't get the time or professor or topic you wanted for a class very often. The workload is probably what most students were used to in high school, the tricky part is making sure you study and get your reading done with all of the distractions of NYC right outside your door. If you study hard and ask questions and do the reading you'll get a good grade, there's no special secret or trick; just try hard. There are tons of options to take part in research or special study programs too.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process will make you want to crawl into your bed from frustration. But I guess it's kinda like that at all schools. In the end, people do generally get most of the choices they want. A tip? Check back onto Albert constantly for your classes even if the ones you want are closed or full, because sometimes they open them up again.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors know their stuff. You will get a good education.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The massive student debt acquired aside, the experience at NYU is superb. From countless study abroad options to countless class subject options, I always feel like I have a choice at NYU. The professors I've had at Stern have all been keen on helping us learn, keeping us engaged, and making us participate throughout every lecture from the beginning all the way to the end of the semester. Registration for classes can be hard as the classes fill up incredibly quickly, but you have the option to wait list, which often opens up, or to pick another class that suits you. The workload at Stern is hard and the grading is even harder, but not impossible. The study areas are abundant, from Kimmel to KMEC (Stern), to Bobst, to Petes, to every residence hall, to coffee shops that dot the entire city, or, on a nice day, Washington Square Park.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 281 responses

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Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 172 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 171 responses

  • 46% This was my dream school.
  • 47% This was one of my top choices.
  • 8% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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