While for many students Columbia will offer the perfect combination of scholarly seclusion and proximity to the action, NYU offers a more immersive urban experience.
With locations dotted around the city, the university’s main base is Greenwich Village, an area famous for its arty scene, and smack bang in the middle of New York’s cultural and social heart.
To help you decide which might be more suitable for you, here’s a look at how they compare.Nearby Harlem is one of the city’s most culturally diverse and dynamic neighborhoods – even if parts are still a little rough around the edges.And, also in close proximity, Central Park and the Hudson River offer some picturesque respite from New York’s famous urban jungle.Despite trailing a little behind, NYU has nonetheless forged a strong reputation as a world-class institution. Columbia has a higher rating both for its student/faculty ratio and its proportion of international students, getting its weakest score in the indicator assessing international diversity of faculty members. The biggest gap between the two is in the indicator assessing research citations per faculty member – a reflection of impact in the research world. It ranks 167, making it perhaps a clearer choice for those interested in research-based programs. Another factor to consider when assessing these two universities is their performance in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.A quick glance at the 2018 tables shows that both of these top universities in New York are best-established in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and both make the global top 10 in several subjects.