Faculty Stats: On This Page You'll Find the Answers to the Following Questions

  • What's the student to faculty ratio?
  • How many faculty actually teach classes?
  • How much does this college rely on adjuncts?

Plenty of Tweed at the Campus Bookstore. Faculty-to-Student Ratio is Crazy High.

Student to faculty ratio is a common metric used to gauge the amount of teaching resources a school provides for its students. With 10 students for every one instructional faculty member, New York University ranks among the best colleges when compared to the national average of 15.

How Many of The People Who Work at This School Actually Teach Classes?

The following table shows all the employees the school considers instructional, and therefore, part of the above student-to-faculty ratio. These include both those employees designated as either "primarily instructional" or as "instructional combined with research/public service". It does not include employees that have been designated by New York University as primarily performing research or public service.

TotalFull TimePart TimePercent Full Time
Total of Instructional Employees6,6702,5794,09138.7%
  Total of Those With Faculty Status6,6702,5794,09138.7%
    Tenured Faculty1,1301,126499.6%
    Non-Tenured Faculty, on Tenure Track296295199.7%
    Not on Tenure Track / No Tenure System5,2441,1584,08622.1%
  Without Faculty Status----
  Graduate Assistants----

Maybe You Could Work Here After Graduation; They Certainly Need More Full-Time Faculty.

39.0% of the teaching staff are full time at New York University, which places this college below average in its use of full-time teachers, when compared against a nationwide average.

There's No Other Way to Put It: They Like Adjuncts. What're you Gonna' Do?

61.0% of the teaching staff at New York University are part-time non-faculty or non tenure-track faculty. This is a higher than average use of adjuncts when compared to the national average of 48.1%, a controversial statistic that some consider to be indicative of a college's commitment to building a strong, long-term instructional team.

Colleges often use part-time professors and adjuncts to teach courses, rather than full-time faculty. This hiring practice is primarily a way to save money amid increasingly tight budgets, however, it is a controversial practice with strong views on either side. We encourage you to understand this topic more deeply, and how the colleges you are interested in approach faculty hiring. It's your education and your money on the line. Make sure you know exactly what you are getting for it.

Grad Assistants Can do a Lot Here, But They Don't Teach Classes.

New York University reports 281 graduate assistants, however, none of them are considered instructional, meaning they do not teach or perform teaching-related activities.

Additional Questions to Ask

  • How available are professors to meet with students outside of class? Do faculty members collaborate with students on research or other projects?
  • Does the college provide academic advice or career counseling to students? How is your academic advisor determined, and what is the process for changing advisors?
  • Are you applying internationally? Does the college have a department for international students to help you with the application and transition process?

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