Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the United States. The University, which is composed of 14 schools, colleges, and divisions, occupies five major centers in Manhattan. It operates branch campus and research programs in other parts of the United States and abroad, as well as study abroad programs in more than 25 countries. New York University is also one of the largest employers in New York City, with over 16,000 employees.
The College of Arts and Science, founded in 1831, is the cornerstone of New York University and its oldest division. As a student at the College, you will study the disciplines that form the basis of all learning — the humanities, the natural and social sciences, fine arts, languages and literature — as you prepare for your personal and professional life after college.
You will find your fellow students outgoing and highly motivated — almost all come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes. While there are 5,700 students enrolled in the College of Arts and Science, the faculty/student ratio is only 1:13, and many classes are seminars and small discussion groups. The professors at the college are among the nation's most prominent scholars, writers, scientists, and researchers, and they all share a deep commitment to undergraduate education.
The College of Arts and Science has an excellent reputation for pre-professional training in law, medicine, dentistry, and business, and approximately 60 percent of the college's graduates go on to advanced study.