Urban Initiative

Cities: We live in them. We study them. We aim to improve them. NYU is urban.

Established in the early 19th century to address the higher education needs of a rapidly growing New York City, NYU has been from its origins a consciously urban university. Today, with a major presence not only in New York but in major cities on every continent, NYU is urban.

NYU's urban character derives not only from its location, but from its scholarly strength in studying the challenges, opportunities, issues, policies, and complexities of urban environments.

And few issues are more pressing: in 2008, for the first time more than half the world's people lived in cities, and by 2050 that will increase to two-thirds. NYU’s vast offerings on urban topics—arts, technology, urban planning, sustainability, transportation, health, education, and much more—are shaping how we effectively address and solve today’s most critical urban challenges.

We live in it, we study it, and we aim to improve it. NYU is, truly, in and of the city.

The Urban Initiative's Latest


How Humans Make Disasters Worse
TIME Magazine | August 31, 2017
Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Delivering on the Promise of New York City's Pre-K for All
Education Week
| August 17, 2017
Steinhardt - Institute for Human Development and Social Change 

Sprawl Can Be Beautiful — If Cities Learn to Manage Growth
Bloomberg | August 10, 2017
Marron Institute of Urban Management