New York University: Narrative Description

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70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1019
Tel: (212)998-1212
Admissions: (212)998-4500
Fax: (212)995-4902
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1831. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $1.4 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $219.8 million. Total enrollment: 39,408. Faculty: 4,167 (1,929 full-time, 2,238 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 34,457 applied, 35% were admitted. 63% from top 10% of their high school class, 91% from top quarter, 99% from top half. Full-time: 18,525 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 1,687 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 91 other countries, 58% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 5% black, 14% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 10% 25 or older, 54% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; social sciences and history; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Spelman College, Morehouse College, Bennett College, Tougaloo College; American University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Required for some: interview, audition, portfolio, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $65. Comprehensive fee: $41,484 includes full-time tuition ($28,328), mandatory fees ($1766), and college room and board ($11,390). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $835 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $52 per credit, $262 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 4% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Asian Cultural Union, Hillel, Latinos Unidos Con Honor y Amistad (LUCHA), South Asian Student Association (SHRUTI). Major annual events: Career Services Fair, Strawberry Festival, Community Service Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 24-hour security in residence halls. 10,766 college housing spaces available; 10,695 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Elmer H. Bobst Library plus 11 others with 5.2 million books, 6.3 million microform titles, 48,958 serials, 1.4 million audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $47.7 million. 4,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

New York City, the largest city in the nation, is also its business, entertainment, and artistic capital. This teeming city is considered the greatest center of higher education in the country, and claims the largest library outside the Library of Congress. Its intellectual and cultural opportunities are limitless and virtually impossible to duplicate elsewhere. Broadway, one of the great theatre districts of the world, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, more than 60 museums, and many historic sites dating from the pre-Revolutionary period are among New York's cultural attractions. More than one-sixth of the city is park land, offering facilities for many sports and activities in beautifully planned areas such as Central Park and Riverside Park. The financial district, with famous Wall Street, houses the complex mechanism of banking and security markets. A vast system of subways, roadways and buses span the areas of New York's 5 boroughs, connecting richly diverse communities and people from virtually all walks of life. Points of interest on Manhattan island include: the United Nations

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