If you stroll through Washington Square Park—the heart of Greenwich Village and unofficial quad of the New York University campus—on any weekday morning, it’s impossible to miss the hundreds of bright-eyed, energetic college students headed to their first class of the day. NYU definitely offers a collegiate experience, but there is nothing typical about it. And students don’t want it to be.
This is a private research university set in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The school was founded in 1831 by a group of citizens attempting to fashion New York in the likeness of London, the proclaimed cultural epicenter of the time. They knew, even then, that the way to maintain a steadily evolving modern society was through higher education. The university has kept that tradition alive by offering more than 160 innovative and unique programs of study at its ten different schools, colleges, and programs, which include The College of Arts and Science, The Global Liberal Studies Program, The Liberal Studies Program, The Stern School of Business, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, The Tisch School of the Arts, The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, The College of Nursing, The Silver School of Social Work, and The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. Each one offers major courses of study in distinctive subject areas. The benefit of having such a wide range of programs to choose from is that students are allowed and encouraged to pursue seemingly disparate interests across the seven colleges.
The strength of each program attracts very driven and ambitious students to each discipline, which makes for an interesting and diverse student body. The academic, research, study abroad, and internship possibilities are endless. The social life is exciting and varied. Graduates are extremely successful. Taken alone, these facts somehow overlook the true essence of what NYU is really about. Is it important to know that you will receive a top-notch education? Yes. Should you be aware that your degree will help land you a great job or acceptance into a graduate program? Yes. But there is so much more to the school that can only be discovered once you set foot on campus.