What NYU Stern Is Known For
A vibrant community. As one of the world’s premier management education institutions, NYU’s Stern School of Business is a collaborative community of energized and entrepreneurial individuals. Located in the heart of New York City, the school benefits from its multitude of intellectual, commercial, cultural, and human resources, and it frequently cites its NYC location as a key differentiator. Stern students, alumni, faculty, and staff are passionate about their school, and there is a never-ending discussion of how to continuously improve, and how to clearly demonstrate the school’s myriad strengths and differentiating factors to the outside world. In some ways, the school’s story is analogous to that of its benefactor and namesake, Leonard N. Stern, billionaire son of the German immigrant who founded the Hartz Mountain Pet Company.
Ties to Wall Street. New York University’s “Wall Street Division” was in close proximity to the many financial institutions whose employees made up a large component of the student body—a connection that significantly influenced the school’s focus and culture. Following a $30 million landmark gift from Mr. Stern and another $10 million gift from alum Dr. Henry Kaufman, Stern’s undergraduate and graduate programs were consolidated at NYU’s Washington Square campus in a state-of-the-art facility, the Henry Kaufman Management Center, in the 1990s.
Heritage of diversity. The Stern School’s roots trace back to 1900 and downtown Manhattan, when the school opened as the School of Commerce. Attention, female applicants: The first women matriculated that very year (1900). That’s two decades before women in the United States were allowed to vote! The school hired its first female faculty member in 1913. Today, the school is one of the most active partners in diversity–related organizations, including the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), Robert Toigo Foundation, Graduate Horizons, and Forte Foundation.
Warm and welcoming culture. The composition and personality of the student body reflect the school’s eclectic downtown neighborhood; it’s diverse and welcoming. Despite the urban setting and lack of centralized housing, students form tight-knit groups thanks to the school’s collaborative, friendly culture. Most students tend to live off campus, although limited on-campus housing is available.