Founded in 1831, New York University is one of the largest private university in the United States with more than 50,000 students and 4,500 full-time faculty. The university has degree-granting campuses in New York City, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and operates 11 global academic centers and research programs in more than 25 countries. With more than 2,500 courses offered, the university awards more than 25 different degrees. Its mission is to be a top quality international center of scholarship, teaching and research.
The university sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university, and more international students study at New York University than at any other U.S. university. Through its numerous schools and colleges, the university conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, engineering, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas. It manages one of the largest annual collegiate research budgets of any university in the United States.