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New York University College of Arts & Science

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The New York University College of Arts & Science is a private liberal arts college established in 1832. It is located within the larger research university of New York University at Washington Square in New York City. As the oldest and largest school at NYU, the College of Arts & Science currently enrolls 7,660 undergraduate students (as of 2017). The College of Arts and Science offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees.

NYU College of Arts and Science
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Motto Perstare Et Praestare -
To Persevere and to Excel
Type Private
Established 1832
Dean Gene A. Jarrett
Students 7,660
Location New York City, New York, U.S.
Colors Mayfair Violet[1]     
Silver Center for Arts and Science
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The history of the College of Arts and Science begins with the founding of the University by a number of prominent New Yorkers, led by Albert Gallatin,[2] a member of Jefferson’s cabinet. Unlike other institutions at the time, it was to be nonsectarian and to produce a different sort of elite citizen, not born to privilege but set apart for leadership by talent and effort. To that end, it was to provide what the 19th century called "Useful Knowledge." An overview of the College’s history is available its website:

College of Arts & Science graduation ceremony


The College provides an undergraduate liberal arts education through its Core Curriculum, which is designed to prepare students to thrive in their major programs of study. Undergraduate students may select from 66 majors as well as a host of accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s and pre-professional programs offered through 30 departments, most of which also offer courses at NYU’s 13 study away sites. Additionally, students may select from over 60 minors offered within the College; they may also choose 40 cross-school minors at other schools within NYU.

Notable alumniEdit


Howard Zinn, Class of 1967
Martha Nussbaum, Class of 1969

Arts and entertainment:

Frank McCourt, Class of 1957
Elizabeth Gilbert, Class of 1991
Martin Scorsese, Class of 1964


Maria Bartiromo, Class of 1987


Ray Suarez, Class of 1985


Healthcare and Medicine:

Politics and government:

Howard Cosell, Class of 1938




  1. ^ "New York University Graphic Standards and Logo Usage Guide, second edition, February 2010" (PDF). New York University. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Gallatin, Albert E." 8 November 2017.

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