Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private research university in the United States. The University has degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai and operates 11 global academic centers and research programs in more than 25 countries. New York University is also one of the largest employers in New York City, with more than 19,000 employees.
University rankings compiled by U.S. News and World Report, Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities all rank NYU among the Top 34 universities in the world. Globally, NYU is ranked 18th in the Center for World University Rankings and 36th by U.S. News & World Report.
At least 38 Nobel Prize winners are affiliated with NYU and NYU is associated with a great number of important inventions, including cardiac defibrillator, laser, telephone handset, wireless microphone, first digital image scanner and contact lenses.
NYU had the seventh-largest university housing system in the U.S. Its undergraduate housing system consists of more than 20 residence halls. Uniquely, many of NYU's residence halls are converted apartment complexes or old hotels. In general, NYU residence halls receive favorable ratings, and some are opulent. Many rooms are spacious and contain amenities considered rare for individual college residence hall rooms, such as kitchens, lavatories, living rooms and common areas. The university operates its own transit system to transport its students by bus to its campus.
Undergraduate students are guaranteed housing during their enrollment at NYU. Most freshman residence halls are located near the Washington Square area.
85% of first-year students and 44% of all undergraduates living in college housing, which offers such options as: coed housing, apartments for single students, fraternity/sorority housing, special housing for disabled students, wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free). In addition, freshmen are permitted to have a car and not permitted to have any pets in houses.
New York - a city which seems to know everyone on the planet, "capital of the world", metropolis on the east coast of the United States. NYU's "campus" is New York City. Its heart is in Greenwich Village around Washington Square Park with important hubs along the Health Corridor of First Avenue near 30th Street, near Midtown East, and in downtown Brooklyn. With institutes, centers, and academic buildings reaching as far north as the Upper East Side, and as far south as the Financial District, getting from place to place at NYU requires transportation services which run between all of the major academic building locations, including the Medical Center, and NYU residence halls.