Monday, September 9, 2013

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT] Polytechnic Institute of New York University

[Source: NYU-Poly] 
Living in New York, N.Y. as an International Student

NYU-Poly is home to over 2,300 graduate and undergraduate international students and scholars from 60 countries. NYU-Poly’s support services for international students will help you make a successful transition to living in the U.S. and help address challenges you might encounter during your academic program at NYU-Poly.


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  • Private, 4-year or above college/university
  • Campus located in New York City (Brooklyn)

Mission Statement

To excel as a leading, high-quality research university engaged in education, discovery and innovation with social, intellectual and economic impact in the New York region, the nation and the world.

Programs/Degrees (as of 2011-12)

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Programs:
  • Bachelor’s: 276
  • Master’s: 988
  • Doctoral: 31
  • 165 full-time faculty
  • 14:1 student-faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 22
Student Body (Fall 2012)

Total student population: 4,652
Total international student population: 1,791

Undergraduates: 2,071
  • Females: 23%
  • Males: 77%
  • International: 10%

Graduates: 2,581
  • International: 80%
  • Full-time: 61%
  • #2 by Diverse Issues in Education: Best U.S. Non-HBCU Schools for Minorities
  • #3 among all schools by PayScale: 2013 College ROI Report
  • #4 among engineering schools by PayScale: Best Engineering Colleges 2012-2013
  • #8 (tie) among all schools by PayScale: “Best Salary Potential” 2012-2013
  • #9 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #12 with NYU in The Princeton Review’s Top Graduate Game Design Program
  • #13 in Masters Degrees Awarded
  • The Princeton Review Best Northeastern Colleges
  • Worthmagazine: “2012 Top 10 Idea Labs” (NYU-Poly Incubators)


Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Six MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 12001

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Campus Life as an International Student at NYU-Poly

Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs (the others are Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx). Neighborhoods in and around downtown Brooklyn are as unique as their inhabitants. Like Manhattan — which is only a couple of Subway stops from NYU-Poly’s main campus — Brooklyn offers a diverse array of cultural, culinary, shopping, and entertainment destinations. NYU-Poly also operates a graduate center in Manhattan, and cooperative programs with the other schools and colleges of New York University.

Living on campus should also feel like your “home away from home.” There are many ways to connect with people, places, and parts of the city. The best way to feel like you are a part of the community is to get involved. Join an organization, participate in a leadership workshop, or create your own organization and programming!

Support Services
  • Office of International Students and Scholars
  • Academic Advisement Center - The mission of the Academic Advisement Center is to provide academic advising to NYU-Poly students on a range of topics — from major requirements and institute regulations, to life-skills development.
  • Polytechnic Tutoring Center (PTC) - The PTC is dedicated to giving you the personalized attention you need to help you achieve your academic goals at NYU-Poly. Its services are available to all students, free of charge.
  • TRIO - TRIO offer services designed to maximize TRIO participants’ academic and personal potential, providing them with the support and skills needed to remain in college and complete a degree program.
  • Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) - HEOP's goal is to retain and graduate students who are traditionally under-represented in the fields of engineering, technology and science.
  • Wasserman Center for Career Development - The career center strives to create an innovative and supportive environment in which students develop essential skills for a lifetime of rewarding careers.

Student Activities and Resource Center

NYU-Poly is home to over 40 student clubs that represent academic, cultural, political, professional, religious, spiritual, service, social, and recreational interests. These groups provide opportunities and events to achieve an active role on campus and to pursue individual interests. All Poly students can also join one of the 300+ NYU All-Square Clubs; these are open and include NYU students from across each of the university’s 18 schools and colleges.

  1. Attend Club Fest, an event that introduces new and continuing students to NYU-Poly’s student life while assisting student organizations with recruitment and promotion.
  2. Check out the Clubs and Organizations Directory to find out what groups exists.
  3. Be on the lookout for fliers, banners or postcards that advertise student group meetings and events. Attending these activities is a great and easy way to start your on-campus involvement. 
  4. Visit the Student Leadership Hub, LC 223 in the Dibner building, where you can find contact and program information for recognized student organizations. 

Residence Life and Housing Services

Why live on campus? Living in the residence halls provides an invaluable complement to a student's academic career. Living and Learning are the hallmarks of the residential experience. There are two residence halls at NYU-Poly.

NYU-Poly offers undergraduate on-campus housing in the new, 18-story 400-bed Othmer Residence Hall. Campus housing is also available for matriculated, full-time graduate students at the Clark Street Residence (however, it is not appropriate for married students seeking housing for their families). This housing is on a “first-come, first-serve basis,” primarily including double-occupancy rooms and an on-campus meal-plan.

Apartments are available near campus in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, which is a five-minute walk from NYU-Poly. Other close neighborhoods include Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, and others (prices may vary).

NYU-Poly suggests that new students who want to live off-campus, but cannot secure the housing on their own before they arrive, consider living in an NYU-Poly residence hall during their first semester. This way, they will have adequate time to acquaint themselves with the city, evaluate potential housing options, decide where they might want to live and then see if they want to share an apartment and find suitable housing and suitable roommates for the second semester. This will help you to focus on your studies, getting acclimated to your new environment and making your decision about off-campus housing in a thoughtful, careful and deliberate manner.

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