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NYC Edition: Fast Facts about Columbia, NYU, and The New School

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So you want to go to school in the great city of New York, huh? We don’t blame you. CEA Headquarters is in Manhattan, and we have to say, we love it.

So now you’re left deciding between the competitive schools located in NYC and we want to help. Not only did we make supplemental essay guides to help you impress admissions officers with your essays for NYU, Columbia, and The New School, but we have some cold hard facts for you. We hope these info bytes give you some clarity when making a very important decision about your future.


  • Located in the heart of the village in Manhattan, NYU is home to students from all 50 states in the USA.
  • Even though you might think students would never want to leave New York City, NYU sends more students abroad than any other American university.
  • More than 63,000 students applied for first-year admission to NYU’s Class of 2020.
  • New York University is the largest private university in the United States.
  • New York University is also one of the largest employers in New York City, with more than 19,000 employees (which is good to keep in mind because in about four or five years, you’re going to need a job!).
  • Faculty members have won 5 Pulitzer Prizes over the years.
  • Speaking of years, NYU was founded in 1831.
  • NYU is in close proximity to ByChloe (where you’ll find the best cinnamon rolls in a one mile radius – which is a great distance in Manhattan).

Columbia University

  • Located in Morningside Heights, Columbia’s campus gives students the opportunity to live in a bustling yet quite part of Manhattan. The neighborhood is filled with students, faculty, and alumni and just a twenty minute subway ride to Midtown.
  • If you’re thinking Columbia has always been at 116th St. and Broadway, you would be incorrect. The Ivy League was located at Forty-ninth Street and Madison Avenue until it moved to its present location on Morningside Heights at 116th Street and Broadway in 1897.
  • Columbia University was founded in 1754, making it the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.
  • Columbia suspended instruction for eight years during the American Revolution.
  • Columbia prides itself on being one of the world’s most important centers of research.

The New School

  • In 2014, The New School was rated #1 by US News and World Report for Small Classes and Most International University. The New School had the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students and a higher percentage of international students than any other U.S. university.
  • The New School has over 138 degree and diploma programs and majors, more than 50 minors, and exactly 5 colleges.
  • The New School’s alumni includes the likes of Bradley Cooper, Marc Jacobs, and Peter Berger.
  • Founded in 1919, the campus sits in the heart of Greenwich Village (pronounced “GREN-itch” not “GREEN-witch”).
  • The mission is to “prepare students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, thus making the world a better and more just place.”
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