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NYU Poly

Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Motto Homo et Hominis Opera Partes Naturae
Motto in English The human being and human works are parts of nature
Established 1854
Type Private
Endowment US $122.4 million[1]
President Katepalli R. Sreenivasan[2]
Academic staff 396[3]
Undergraduates 2,071[4]
Postgraduates 2,581[4]

Brooklyn, NY, US
40°41′40″N 73°59′12″W / 40.694412°N 73.986531°W / 40.694412; -73.986531

Campus Urban, 28 acres (Brooklyn Campus)[5]
Newspaper The Polytechnic Reporter
Colors Purple and Green          
Mascot Fighting Blue Jays, Engineers

The Polytechnic Institute of New York University, often referred to as NYU Polytechnic, NYU-Poly, or Poly is one of the 18 schools and colleges that comprise New York University (NYU).[6][7][8][9] Founded in 1854, the Institute adopted the European polytechnic university model which tend to be primarily devoted to the instruction of technical arts and applied sciences.; it is the second oldest private engineering and technology institute in the United States.[10] Its laboratory instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels led to close cooperation with industry.[11][12] Its main campus is centrally located in the MetroTech Center, the nation's largest urban university-industry science and technology park.[13][14][15][16] NYU-Poly is MetroTech's founding member. NYU-Poly operates several on-campus and off-campus business incubators and is known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.[11][17] NYU-Poly is one of the eight schools of NYU that is part of the NYU Entrepreneurs Network (NYUEN).[18]

NYU Polytechnic is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctorate-Granting "Research University" with very high research activity.[19] Its financial engineering program was the second program of its kind and the first curriculum to be certified by the International Association of Financial Engineers.[20][21] It was one of the first universities to introduce a cyber security program and is designated as both a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a Center of Academic Excellence in Research by the National Security Agency.[22] Polytechnic is the first school in New York City to receive the designation Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the U.S. National Security Agency.[23] The first polymer science and polymer engineering programs in the U.S. began at NYU-Poly.[24][25] In 1950, the NYU-Poly division of the American Chemical Society was formed, and has since grown to the second-largest division in this association with nearly 8,000 members.[26]

Notable people associated with the university include Ernst Weber (first president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and one of the founders of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE)),[27][28][29][30] Herman Francis Mark (Father of Modern Polymer Science), Buddy Ratner (one of the founding fathers of modern bioengineering),[31] Elmer L. Gaden (father of Biomedical Engineering),[32] Samuel L. Greitzer (founding chairman of the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad) and George Bugliarello (founding fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering).[33]


NYU-Poly was formerly Polytechnic University and it is currently an interim entity that maintains a formal affiliation with NYU, allowing NYU to complete the transition for Poly to become the School of Engineering and Technology within NYU (see NYU Affiliation below).[34][35]


The official timeline for the Institute is maintained on Poly at a Glance: the Poly Timeline.[36]

  • A group of Brooklyn businessmen drew up a charter on May 17, 1853, to establish a school for young men.
  • In 1854, the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute was chartered and moved into its first home at 99 Livingston Street.
  • In 1855, the school opened its doors September 10 to 265 young men, ages nine to 17. From 1889 to 1973 it was known as "Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn" (but often referred to as "PIB" or "Brooklyn Poly").
  • Baccalaureate degrees were conferred for the first time in 1871.
  • Postgraduate programs began in 1901.
  • In 1917, the preparatory program was separated from Institute and renamed the Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School, or Poly Prep for short. It is located in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn.
  • First doctoral degree awarded in 1921.
  • Polymer Research Institute established in 1942.
  • Microwave Research Institute established in 1945.
  • In 1957, Poly moved to its present location (333 Jay Street, the former site of the American Safety Razor factory), and became a co-educational institution.
  • In 1973, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn acquired the faculty and programs of New York University’s School of Engineering and Science to form Polytechnic Institute of New York after NYU was forced to sell the University Heights campus (where the engineering school was situated) because of financial hardships.
  • Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) established in 1983.
  • In 1985, the school gained university status and its name was changed to Polytechnic University.
  • The millennium closed with a successful $275 million fund raising campaign.[35]
  • In 2008, Polytechnic changed its name to Polytechnic Institute of New York University when it became affiliated with NYU, in order to align itself to become the School of Engineering and Technology within NYU.


Polytechnic Institute of NYU has carried a number of different names.[37]

  • 1854: Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (founding name)
  • 1889: Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (separated from preparatory program)
  • 1973: Polytechnic Institute of New York (merged with New York University School of Engineering and Science)
  • 1985: Polytechnic University (acquired university status)
  • 2008: Polytechnic Institute of New York University (officially affiliated with New York University)

New York University affiliation

In 1973, New York University’s School of Engineering and Science was merged into the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn to form the Polytechnic Institute of New York.[38] The 2008 affiliation between Poly and NYU re-established a formal relationship between New York University and the former Polytechnic Institute of New York after nearly 35 years of separation.[39] The Institute is now an interim entity while it aligns itself to become NYU's dedicated resource for applied sciences and engineering.[40]

On August 7, 2007, Polytechnic and New York University (NYU) announced that the two institutions were engaged in merger discussions.[41][42] In October 2007, NYU’s and Polytechnic's Boards of Trustees both approved continuation of talks on a merger of NYU and Polytechnic. Both institutions decided to continue drafting a Definitive Agreement to more fully define the relationship between the universities.[43][44]

On March 6, 2008, Polytechnic’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the "Definitive Agreement" to affiliate with New York University, with the goal that Polytechnic would become NYU's engineering, applied science, and technology school. On June 24, 2008, the New York State Regents approved an affiliation between Polytechnic and NYU by a change of charter which made NYU the sole member of the Polytechnic, effective July 1, 2008.[43][43][45]

Consolidation into New York University

Polytechnic Institute of NYU is on the path to being consolidated into NYU. This process is expected to be completed on January 1, 2014, after which the school will be known as NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering,[46] similar to that of NYU College of Arts and Sciences, Stern School of Business, Tisch School of the Arts, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and other NYU schools.[47][48]


NYU-Poly has its main campus in Downtown Brooklyn and is close to transportation routes and easily accessible from all parts of New York City and Long Island. In addition to its main address at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn, the institute offers programs at other sites throughout the region, including Long Island, Westchester, and Manhattan, as well as several programs in Israel, China and the Middle East.[10][49] NYU-Poly is an integral part of NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in downtown Brooklyn.[50]

Existing campuses

Brooklyn Campus

The Institute played a leadership role in bringing about MetroTech Center, one of the largest urban university-corporate parks in the world and the largest in the United States, while closing down the larger campus at its former Long Island Graduate Center. Today, the 16-acre (65,000 m²), $1 billion complex in Brooklyn includes the Institute's main campus, along with several technology-dependent companies such as Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC), as well as New York City Police Department's 911 Center, New York City Fire Department Headquarters and the U.S. technology and operations functions of JPMorgan Chase. In 1998, a Marriott Hotel was built adjacent to MetroTech. MetroTech is often regarded as a "case study" in effective university, corporate, government and private-developer cooperation, because it has resulted in renewing an area once characterized urban decay.

Wunsch Building houses the school's undergraduate admissions offices and also hosts social, cultural, and academic events for the school and community.[51] The building dates back to 1847 and was the first independent black church in Brooklyn. It was also a stop on the Underground Railroad and has been designated a historic landmark since November 24, 1981.[52]

The Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology, opened in 1990 in a new building, is Polytechnic's information hub, with many of its offerings accessible online.

The Othmer Residence Hall is a 18-story building housing over 400 students and was opened in 2002, and currently houses freshmen and sophomores. It is named for chemical engineering professor Donald Othmer and his wife, Mildred Othmer.

The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a 460,000-square-foot research facility.

The Clark Residence, opened in September 2010, offers housing to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

NYU-Poly will build a massive tower on Jacobs Administration and Civil Engineering building site.[53] The developer will be selected in Spring 2013.[53]

Long Island Campus

In 1961, Poly opened the Long Island Graduate Center, which grew to several buildings and a dormitory, located on 25 acres of land adjacent to Republic Airport, in Farmingdale. In 2002, the Long Island Graduate Center was closed, and remaining classes were moved to a small portion of a nearby office building in the Melville Corporate Center. The Long Island Graduate Center is only steps away from some big tech companies. It now shares the same building as Agilent Technologies, a maker of electronic test equipment, and is adjacent to the Huntington Quadrangle, which houses InterDigital, a wireless systems designer for cellular networks.[54] The original buildings were later demolished, and replaced by a shopping center.

Graduate programs at the Long Island campus have been expanded to include Electrophysics, Systems Engineering, Telecommunication Networks and Wireless Innovation.

Westchester Campus

Established in the 1980s, in the Hudson Valley, NYU-Poly's Westchester campus offers several graduate programs and operates similarly to the Long Island Campus.

Manhattan site

Located at 2 Broadway in downtown Manhattan, this site offers degree programs in Financial Engineering, Management of Technology, Information Management and Accelerated Management of Technology, and the Exec 21 Construction Management certificate. The Manhattan Graduate Center offers a facility for working professionals.

Israel Campus

Located in Rishon LeZion in the College of Management. This campus offers Master of Science in Management and Master of Science in Organizational Behaviour degrees.

New York University Abu Dhabi

In October 2007, New York University announced its intention to open a complete branch campus in Abu Dhabi, financed by the Abu Dhabi government.[55] The Abu Dhabi campus was planned by New York University, and the funding mainly came from the Government of the United Arab Emirates.[56] It was first opened in 2008 on a temporary site in downtown Abu Dhabi, and held various public events such as academic conferences, workshops, and performances.[57] It accepted its first class of 150 students in September 2010.[56] As of 2010 the college offered liberal arts and science subjects, including engineering.[58] New York University plans to move the Abu Dhabi campus to a new site by 2014, and plans to increase the number of students at the campus to two thousand.[56] The university plans to open a graduate school and to make the school a center for research.[58] The new campus will be in the Marina district of Saadiyat Island, and is designed by Rafael Viñoly, an Uruguayan architect.[59]

NYU-Poly is integrally connected to NYU Abu Dhabi like other schools of NYU and is responsible for NYU Abu Dhabi's engineering programs.

Alfred Bloom, former president of Swarthmore College, was appointed to lead NYU Abu Dhabi as vice chancellor in September 2008. [60]

New York University Shanghai

NYU Shanghai (NYU-SH) is the latest of NYU's new base campuses, and will have its first class in 2013. The NYU Shanghai curriculum will include a variety of majors in the Life and Behavioral Sciences (such as Neural Science), the Physical Sciences (such as Chemistry and Physics), Social Sciences (including Business and Finance), Mathematical and Engineering Sciences (including Computer Science and Electrical Engineering), and the Humanities. NYU-Poly will be integrally connected like other schools of NYU and will be responsible for NYU Shanghai's engineering programs. As members of NYU's global network, students at NYU Shanghai will be expected to spend at least one semester and up to three semesters pursuing their studies at the other NYU global academic centers. In this way students will have the opportunity to pursue major-specific courses in New York or Abu Dhabi with professors from those campuses. In addition, the study-away sites will offer special opportunities for a semester abroad.

Academic profile

The Polytechnic Institute of New York University was established in 1854 as an engineering institute. Currently the Institute has 4652 students[4] and 374 faculty members, giving a 13:1 students to faculty ratio.


Cross-school Minors

NYU-Poly is one of the 10 schools[62] of NYU that are eligible for cross-school minoring[63]

New departments that are being created

  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (affiliated with The Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science (CAOS) at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences).[64]
  • Bioengineering (affiliated with NYU Courant Institute, NYU College of Arts and Science, NYU Center for Neural Science, NYU Colleges of Dentistry, NYU Colleges of Nursing, and NYU School of Medicine.)[65]

Student exchange programs

NYU operates programs during the academic year in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Prague, the Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; Paris, France; and Tel Aviv, Israel.[66]

NYU-Poly also has student exchange program with MCI Management Center Innsbruck, École Centrale Paris, Kaiserslautern University of Technology, Dankook University,[66] Sapienza University of Rome, Polytechnic of Bari,[67] Paris Dauphine University and Ajou University.[68]

NYU-Poly is also a part of The Global E3 Program, which consists of a consortium of universities working together to provide an excellent study abroad experience for engineering students. Nearly 60 universities worldwide - 31 in the United States and 28 in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East - comprise the Global E3 consortium. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York, under the guidance of the member-elected Executive Committee. Students from members of this consortium may apply to go to any participating university outside their own country.[66][69][69]


All undergraduate and graduate programs at Polytechnic are accredited by the Middle States Association. Undergraduate chemistry students have the option to pursue a degree approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Society for Metals, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Physical Society (APS) and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) have recognized the institute's undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, computer science and physics, chemistry and mathematics.


In 2012, National Broadcasting Company (NBC) listed NYU-Poly among the world’s top universities and institutions for engineering[70]

NYU-Poly ranks #40 by electrical engineering bachelor's degree awarded in the United States and ranks #44 by computer engineering bacelor's degree awarded in the United States[71]

NYU-Poly ranks #13 in the United States for engineering master’s degrees awarded[71] and ranks #21 for graduate engineering enrollment in the United States[71]

In 2012, NYU-Poly was ranked #101 for Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[72]

In 2012, NYU-Poly ranked 34th on “The World's Best Engineering Schools” list by Business Insider[73]

Polytechnic Institute of New York University's graduate engineering program was ranked #57 in its list of top 199 graduate engineering schools by U.S. News.[74]

QS World University Rankings ranked NYU-Poly 184 out of 700 top Engineering & Technology universities in the world in 2012[75]

The Princeton Review ranks NYU-Poly among the best northeastern engineering colleges along with Massachusetts Institute of Technology [76]

The Princeton Review ranks NYU-Poly's undergraduate electrical engineering program 12th in the nation [77]

U.S. News ranked NYU-Poly's electrical engineering program #32 in the world[78]

U.S. News ranked NYU-Poly's graduate computer engineering program #34 in the United States of America[79][80]

NYU-Poly is ranked #51 in the world for Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering & Manufacturing Engineering[81]

NYU-Poly is ranked #101 in the world for chemical engineering[81]

NYU-Poly's Financial Engineering Program is ranked #17 in the United States of America[82]

One of the electrical engineering research centers of the NYU-Poly, the Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT) ranks #1 among technology research centers in funding and #2 in the number of industry participants according to the United States National Science Foundation.[83]

The Princeton Review's 2012 ranked NYU (Polytechnic Institute and Tisch School of Arts) among the top undergraduate and graduate schools for video game design.[84]

NYU-Poly is ranked as one of the top 10 Innovative Schools in the United States of America by Computerworld[85]

NYU-Poly is ranked as one of the top 56 Information Technology (IT) schools in the United States of America by Computerworld[86]

U.S. News ranks NYU-Poly's online graduate engineering program #3 in the United States of America for Student Services and Technology.[87]

U.S. News ranks NYU-Poly's online graduate engineering program #5 in the United States of America for Student Engagement and Accreditation.[88]

Sloan-C Named NYU-Poly’s Cyber Security Virtual Master’s Program as the Nation’s ‘Outstanding Online Program’[89]

In the 2011 "U.S. News & World Report", The Polytechnic Institute of NYU tied for fourth among all national schools in the ethnic and racial diversity of its undergraduate student body, tied for seventh in the proportion of international undergraduate students, and it ranked 22nd in economic diversity.[90] Forbes ranked NYU-Poly in its Top Ten for Diversity.[91] Forbes Editors Named NYU-Poly Among Best Colleges for Women and Minorities in Science, Tech, Engineering and Math[92] NYU-Poly is ranked #4 for diversity by U.S. News & World Report.[93]

The 2011–2012 PayScale College Salary report ranked NYU-Poly top eight among all four-year colleges in the nation by starting salary potential and mid-career salaries and #4 of engineering colleges.[94][95] CNBC ranks NYU-Poly 15th among Colleges That Bring the Highest Paycheck[96] and ranks NYU-Poly among the top ten in its list of “Top Colleges for Getting Rich”.[97][98] AOL ranks NYU-Poly #8 among The Colleges That Guarantee the Highest Salaries.[99] NYU-Poly ranked 8th in the nation for alumni with the highest mid-career salaries by[100] NYU-Poly ranked #49 in the nation for return on investment for students in a 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek study.[101]

Strategic plan

NYU-Poly aims to grow enrollment to 6000 students by 2015.[102] The student body will exemplify a higher academic profile. NYU-Poly will have significant growth in faculty numbers, with a target of at least 100 full-time faculty hires over the next five years. Most of the new faculty members will have joint appointment with other schools of NYU. NYU-Poly currently ranks #33 in the nation by average SAT score( 3rd among all schools of NYU ).[103] Undergraduate applications to Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) keeps increasing every year.[104]


Main article: NYU-Poly research and research centers

The Polymer Research Institute was established in 1942 and The Microwave Research Institute was established in 1945. The American Chemical Society designated the Polymer Research Institute as a National Historic Chemical Landmark on September 3, 2003.[105] The Microwave Research Institute played a key role in World War II in the development of electromagnetic and microwave defense and communication systems, and was later renamed to the Weber Research Institute of NYU-Poly.[106] Other notable research centers of the institute include NSF-sponsored Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT), which ranks #1 among technology research centers in funding and #2 in the number of industry participants according to the United States National Science Foundation,[83] Center for Advanced Technologies in Telecommunications (CATT), which is sponsored by New York State and NSF-funded Internet Security and Information Systems Lab,[107] a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) designated Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, Information Assurance Education and a Center of Excellence in Research.[23] A new 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) research center for wireless technologies, known as NYU Wireless(The world’s first research center combining Wireless, Computing, and Medical Applications), opened in winter 2012.[108]

Center for Urban Science and Progress at Brooklyn Campus

The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a degree-granting technology and research institute, that will be located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York. The 460,000-square-foot building is located on NYU's Brooklyn campus. It will be a research facility at Polytechnic Institute of New York University mainly focusing on urban engineering, civil engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering.[109] It will open by September 2013, and will be located in the MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. NYU hopes the new center will help to encourage collaboration between experts in different fields, allowing them to solve problems that they would be unable to solve alone.

Admissions and enrollment

Polytechnic Institute of New York University offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in a wide range of majors and programs. More than 89% of undergraduate students receive job offers within six months of graduation. NYU Poly's current student-to-faculty ratio is 13-to-1.[110]

Admission to Polytechnic Institute of New York University is highly competitive and is offered only to students who are on the top 25% of their high school classes with high SAT or ACT scores and at least 3.3 (B+) GPA (grade point average).[111] Admission to Polytechnic Institute of New York University is considered more selective by U.S. News & World Report[112] and applicants will need:

  • Competitive SAT or ACT scores
  • At least 3.3 (B+) GPA[111]
  • 4 years of Science (including chemistry and physics)
  • 4 years of Mathematics (algebra through pre-calculus minimum)
  • 4 years of English
  • An exceptional personal essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation[113]

Polytechnic Institute of New York University has an average SAT Critical Reading and Math score (combined) of 1370[4]

Polytechnic Institute of New York University's average Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) quantitative score is 763[114]

Polytechnic Institute of New York University's average high school GPA is 3.5[76]

Polytechnic Institute of New York University's acceptance rate is 68% [115]

Polytechnic Institute of New York University's graduate engineering acceptance rate is 43%[116]

At least a 3.0 GPA and 32 credits are required to be considered for undergraduate transfer admission.[117]

At least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required to be considered for graduate admission.[118]

Among NYU-Poly's top feeder schools are high schools including Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn Technical High School, Bronx High School of Science, and several private schools in the northeast.

NYU-Poly has strong enrollments from South Asia[119]

Student life

NYU-Poly has over 40 student organizations including:[120]



All NYU Polytechnic and affiliated students may participate in the U.S. Air Force ROTC program headquartered at Manhattan College;[121] Detachment 560 provide training to students from over 30 schools.[122] All NYU Polytechnic and affiliated students may participate in the U.S. Army ROTC program[121] through NYC Army ROTC, headquartered at Fordham University.[123]


Polytechnic is the home of the Fighting Blue Jays[124] and offers its students a wide array of sports teams. The Blue Jays compete in NCAA Division III Championships in Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball, Women's Lacrosse, Men's Track, Men's and Women's Basketball, Softball, and Baseball.


  • John Howard Raymond (1855–1864)
  • David Henry Cochran (1864–1899)
  • Henry Sanger Snow (1899–1904) as Interim President
  • Frederick Washington Atkinson (1904–1925)
  • Parke Rexford Kolbe (1925–1932)
  • Charles Edwin Potts (1932–1933) as Interim President
  • Harry Stanley Rogers (1933–1957)
  • Ernst Weber (1957–1958) as Interim President ( 1958–1969) as President
  • Benjamin Adler (1969–1971) as Acting President
  • Arthur Grad (1971–1973)
  • Norman Auburn (1973) as Acting President
  • George Bugliarello ( 1973–1994)
  • David C. Chang ( 1994–2005)
  • Jerry MacArthur Hultin[125] (2005–2013)

Notable faculty and alumni

Main article: List of NYU Polytechnic Institute people

Polytechnic Institute of New York University has more than 44,000 alumni throughout the United States and in 55 countries around the world.[126][127] NYU-Poly's alumni include inventors, scientists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, country presidents, university presidents and academic leaders among others.

See also


External links

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  • Official athletics website
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