Leadership for Students

Leaders are not born, they are made — so at NYU, our commitment to help students grow into the ethical and collaborative leaders who are on-demand today starts in the classroom but extends far beyond.

Opportunities to become a leader exist across our campus; make the most of them by leveraging the programs and resources on this page which aim to help all NYU students build the skills and self-awareness to lead with purpose.

Leadership Development Hubs at NYU

Number 1

Center for Student Life
NYU Kimmel Center, Suite 704

We seek to transform the ways in which you communicate, behave, and reflect upon your leadership capacities. The Center for Student Life provides resources, training, opportunities, and programming in order to cultivate student leaders who are committed to positive change.

Number 2

NYU Leadership Initiative
12 Washington Place
The Leadership Initiative is galvanizing a network of young leaders who reflect the diversity of our global society and are prepared to solve today’s complex challenges. We believe that everybody, no matter their background or discipline, has the ability to lead and an important role to play in creating a better future.


Pharrell Williams at NYU's 185th Commencement

Somebody out there right now in this class just might occupy the White House one day. And let me be clear: not red and not blue but purple, like NYU.
Pharrell Williams at NYU's 185th Commencement


Exposure to Leadership through Involvement

Additional areas to consider for more tailored leadership development — and to put new leadership skills to work — include student government, executive roles in student clubs, and your NYU school or academic program.