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New York University College of Arts and Science


New York University College of Arts and Science

New York University College of Arts and Science (CAS)

NYU College of Arts and Science
Motto Perstare Et Praestare -
To Persevere and to Excel
Established 1832
Type Private
Location New York City, New York, USA
Dean G. Gabrielle Starr, Ph.D.
Colors Violet and White


  • Introduction 1
  • History 2
  • Academics 3
  • Notable Alumni 4


NYU College of Arts & Science is a private liberal arts college established in 1832 and located within the larger research University of NYU at Washington Square in New York City. As the oldest and largest school at New York University, the College of Arts & Science currently enrolls 7,030 undergraduate students (as of March 23, 2015).

The College of Arts and Science offers two undergraduate degrees:


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, 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 provided a more practical education, what the 19th century called "Useful Knowledge." A comprehensive overview of the College’s history is available on the College website:


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. Entrance to the college is very competitive: in 2014, the average SAT score was 1440 (Critical Reading and Math), and only 1 out of 16 applicants were admitted. More information about the College’s academic programs and departments is available on the College website:

Notable Alumni


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

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