College Profile : New York University (NYU)

New York UniversityHow would you like to be among the company of Ross Geller, Blair Waldorf, and Theo Huxtable? How about Aziz Ansari, Martin Scorsese, and Angelina Jolie? Impressed yet? All these people went to New York University.

In 1830, a gathering of over 100 delegates from the landed classes was convened in New York City Hall by Thomas Jefferson’s Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin. The product was a charter for the University of the City of New York, issued in 1831, later to be renamed New York University in 1896. The University was to be an institution dedicated to educating all students, regardless of religion and class. It was modeled after the University of London and designed to provide students with a practical education in the sciences and industry beyond the study of the Classics of Rome and Greece.

Last year almost 41,000 students applied for admission at New York University, but only 13,208 were accepted, giving this school an acceptance rate of only 32%. Competition is stiff, with median SAT scores of 1900-2190 and median ACT scores of 29-32. Students on the lower end of these median scores shouldn’t worry too much though, NYU’s admission process includes a holistic review of each student’s application. This means that the university evaluates every part of a student’s application; those with lower scores or grades still have a chance of attending NYU if the admissions committee decides that student would positively contribute to the mix of talent at the university.

New York University enjoys a storied history; this school has turned out 5 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Pulitzer Prize winners, 30 Academy Award winners, and 36 Nobel laureates. Among the Nobel laureates are figures like Friedrich Hayek, founder of the Austrian School of economics. On the less serious side, the Tisch School of Arts has graduated many famous celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Spike Lee, and Adam Sandler.

Ready to go? There’s just one more thing: finances. Tuition at NYU is $44,845, which is lower than many other top-tier universities, but after adding on room and board and book fees, the total cost comes out to be around $64,000. Add on the fact that New York City has one of the highest cost of living in the world, and all of a sudden, going to NYU is not as attractive as it was. However, financial aid is available. The average amount of aid for entering freshmen is $31,876, with the University giving out an average of $223 million each year. That amount of aid means that the University usually contributes around half of the total cost of attendance.

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NYU apartments
So long as you don’t think about how much it costs per semester, it might be cool to live in a retro-fitted hotel/NYU dorm.

We all know that there’s more to college than just academics. One of the most important considerations most high school students make when applying to college is location; where will you be spending the next 4 to 5 years of your life? Located in the middle of the city, NYU is surrounded by the City That Never Sleeps, and, therefore, offers more than enough distraction for any student looking for it. There is a gender imbalance though, but probably not what you were thinking: a full 60% of the student body is female. The 21 residence halls, usually converted hotels and apartments, are centered around either Washington Square in Greenwich Village or Union Square a couple blocks down. Times Square is 2 miles away, and Central Park is 3 miles away, so at NYU, you’re never far from entertainment. With New York City’s public transport system and endless supply of taxis, nothing in Manhattan is ever more than an hour away, whether it be groceries from local bodegas or tourist attractions, like the Statue of Liberty or the Unisphere in Queens.

In addition to its main Greenwich Village campus, NYU has also opened campuses in Abu Dhabi with a Shanghai campus to open in 2013. Admission rates to the Abu Dhabi campus may be the lowest in the world: in 2012, 15,489 students applied for around 150 places. That gives NYUAD an acceptance rate of 0.9%. Compare that to Harvard’s 6.3%, Columbia’s 7%, and MIT’s 9.7%. The Shanghai campus will open its doors to its first class in the fall of 2013, with 300 undergraduate students, around half of whom will come from the US and half from China.

New York University offers its students a world class education in the most populous city in the United States. With an unrivaled tourist and entertainment industry, New York (aka “The City that Never Sleeps” aka “The Center of the Universe” aka “The Big Apple” aka “The Capital of the World”) may be the most exciting city on the planet, and attending this university could offer undergraduates an unparalleled opportunity to excel; you know what Ol’ Blue Eyes said, “If you I can make it there / I can make it anywhere.”

By Ridge Liu

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