NYU consists of 15 schools, colleges, and divisions, occupying six centers throughout Manhattan. NYU operates study abroad facilities in London, Paris, Florence, Prague, Madrid, Berlin, Accra, Shanghai and will have facilities in Singapore by fall 2007, and has just announced facilities that will open in Spring 2008 in Buenos Aires. Proposed sites are also being finalized in Latin America, the Persian Gulf Region and the Middle East. For four consecutive years NYU has been ranked as America's "#1 dream school" by the Princeton Review. In 2006, NYU was named by Kaplan as one of the "New Ivies". NYU counts 31 Nobel Prize winners; 9 National Medal of Science recipients; 12 Pulitzer Prize winners; 19 Academy Award winners (more than any other American university); several Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winners; and many MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowship holders among its past and present graduates and faculty.
Despite having an urban campus, NYU has an active student body—some of the first fraternities in the country were formed at NYU. Also, a number of university traditions take place every year among the various clubs and twenty-one undergraduate residence halls. With 12,500 residents, NYU has the seventh largest university housing system in the U.S. and the largest among private schools.