NYU is unlike any other higher education institution in the world. Whether you're a student in New York or at our portal campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, you'll challenge yourself beyond the classroom and take advantage of NYU's global network. The energy and resources of these cities serve as extensions of our campuses, providing unique opportunities for research, internships, and job placement. NYU is the largest independent research university in the United States, yet it also retains a close-knit community. NYU's more than 20,000 undergraduates come from all 50 states and over 130 countries. They choose from thousands of courses taught by world-renowned scholars in over 230 areas of study.