Why Stern

One of the first schools of business in the United States, NYU Stern welcomed its first class of students in 1900 and quickly established itself as a leader and an innovator of undergraduate business education. Today, NYU Stern’s undergraduate community is vibrant, successful, and proud, and our amazing students and alumni are as diverse and dynamic as the city we call home.

These are the top 10 key reasons that answer the question: “Why Stern?”

Why Stern Reason #1

Location, location, location

A global power city, New York City is home to the most Global 500 companies in the U.S., and is a dynamic hub for commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, culture, entertainment, and cuisine. The city is your campus, and NYU Stern gives you access to it all.

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Why Stern Reason #2

Learn from world-renowned faculty

Our faculty rank second in the world for research productivity. More than 200 professors, including four Nobel Laureates, teach classes, hold office hours, mentor, and conduct research with students – giving you the opportunity to learn in and outside the classroom.

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Why Stern Reason #3

The world's first globally-networked university

~50% of NYU Stern students spend at least one semester studying away at one of NYU's 13 other global locations. Earn credit toward your degree no matter where you are in the world. All you'll need is your passport.

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Why Stern Reason #4

The only business school that does global on this scale

This is not your typical global strategy course. The International Studies Program (ISP) course pulls together principles of International Economics and Trade with a focus on a different global center of commerce in Asia, Europe, or South America.

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Why Stern Reason #5

Well-rounded education

We offer five degrees, each requiring half its coursework in the liberal arts. In today's inter-disciplinary world, it's important to be well-rounded and fluent in diverse academic areas. Plus, a big school won't mean big classes—the average business class size is just 40 students.

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Why Stern Reason #6

Make social impact

We prepare students to become socially responsible global leaders and thinkers both in and out of the classroom. Our 4 required social impact courses have been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a model for undergraduate business education.

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Why Stern Reason #7

Learn to lead

Put the leadership skills you learn in the classroom into practice with more than 27 professional clubs and organizations. Learn design thinking, a powerful problem-solving tool, in a required first-year seminar, and hear from 2+ industry leaders who speak at NYU Stern every day.

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Why Stern Reason #8

NYU Stern professional development

You have big dreams, and we'll help you achieve them with targeted career preparation. Explore your potential career paths, prepare for your dream career, and connect with influential professionals. NYU Stern students have a 98% placement rate within six months of graduating.

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Why Stern Reason #9

Unparalleled career prospects

NYU's Wasserman Center for Career Development will help you launch your career. With NYU's exclusive job portal, you'll have access to thousands of top firms in NYC and globally. NYU Stern students are #1 in employability and have a mean starting salary of $75,828.

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Why Stern Reason #10

One community

At NYU Stern, you will find a business school with a tight-knit community, the resources of a big university, and the opportunities of a major city. We help you establish a community of friends from day one in our Cohort Program and create a place for you to find your niche.

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