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Polytechnic University

Contact Information 
Polytechnic University
Six Metrotech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Polytechnic University

About the College 
Polytechnic Institute of New York University has a vast history. For the past 150 plus years it has undergone many changes. Founded in 1854 by businessmen as a private institution to educate young men it was originally named the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute. The institution was located in the city of Brooklyn in a house on Livingston Street. When they opened their doors in the fall of 1855, they included students from the ages of 9 to 17. It was not until 1871 that the first Baccalaureate degrees were awarded.

As the years continued Polytechnic continued to push their students in the academics and research. In 1901, the first postgraduate programs began. As these programs began to take a life of their own, the school felt the need to separate the younger students from the older students. In 1917, the preparatory program that started Polytechnic was officially separated from the institute and given a new; the Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School.

In 1921, Polytechnic awarded its first doctoral degrees and they did not look back. Over the years they kept pushing technology and science to its edges. In the 1940s, they established the Polymer Research Institute and the Microwave Research institute. By the late1950s they began to outgrow the campus and moved to Jay Street in Brooklyn (their present location). It was during this that the institute decided to become a co-educational facility.

Over the next 20 years or so, Polytechnic continued on its road of excellent educational opportunities. They continued to produce alumni that excelled in their fields, invented amazing and notable things and left their marks on the world in the fields of science, computers and technology. In 1973, the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn took over New York University’s School of Engineering and Science. This allowed them to form the Polytechnic Institute of New York. By the 1980s, they pushed further and established the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications. Shortly thereafter the school changed their name to Polytechnic University.

Today, the University is known as the polytechnic Institute of New York University. Over their vast history, they have established themselves as one of the oldest, largest and best leaders in the field of technology. They pride themselves on providing the best education for technology leaders of the future and remain in the forefront of new development in many areas of education and research.

Polytechnic has four different campuses to choose from. These include the Brooklyn Campus, Long Island Campus, Westchester Campus and the Manhattan Campus.

The Brooklyn Campus: This campus is centrally located in Brooklyn and close to transportation routes. The campus, called MetroTech, is easily accessible from all parts of New York City and Long Island. They have state of art facilitates including a brand new library and new faculties for their electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering programs. They offer programs for students just starting out as well as for people who are already working in their fields. They have something for everyone.

The Long Island Campus: This campus was opened in 1961. Today it is nationally renowned as one of the nation’s premier technological universities. Recently, they moved to a state of the art facility at The Melville Corporate Center. When they moved to the new facility, they also expanded their graduate programs to include Electrophysics, Systems Engineering, Telecommunication Networks and Wireless Innovation. Most classes and programs offered at this campus are geared towards working professionals.

The Westchester Campus: Established in the 1980s, this graduate center is the Hudson Valley’s premier center for technical and managerial education. People from all over the tri state region travel in to attend classes for graduate studies in the fields of Chemistry, Management of Technology, Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering, Construction Management, Information Systems Engineering and Computer Science. Here again, the classes are geared towards the working professionals. The facility is completely wired and has advanced computer labs and conference style classrooms. All classes are held in the evenings and on weekends.

The Manhattan Campus: Located at Broad Street in downtown Manhattan, this campus again is perfect for students who work in the heart of New York. This campus offers degree programs in Financial Engineering, Management of Technology, Information Management and Accelerated Management of Technology. The Manhattan Graduate Center offers another state of the art facility for the working professionals in the Manhattan area. This campus usually attracts those researchers and professors who want to further their education at a prestigious facility that focuses on technology.

Polytechnic University Campuses offers a wide range of educational resources for all phases of education. For students just starting out, the Brooklyn Campus offers all that most Universities offer. You can choose from a large group of clubs and activities or join a sport. If you are a returning student and looking to further your education or work on researching your ideas or projects then one of the other three campuses will have what you are looking for. By choosing Polytechnic you will join a long tradition of academic excellence.
Degrees Offered:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
Other College Details:
  • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • City: Large
  • Housing on Campus: Yes

Enrollment - Fall 2006 
Total Enrollment Undergraduate
2,919 1,480

Undergraduate Attendance Status
Part Time Full Time
77 1,408

Undergraduate Student Gender
Men Women
1,190 290

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity
White Black Hispanic Asian American
444 163 177 459 0 148 1,376

Undergraduate Student Age
24 years of age or Younger 25 years of age or Over
103 104

General College Information 
Special Learning Opportunities
  • ROTC (Army)
  • Distance learning opportunities
  • Study abroad
Carnegie Classification
  • Research Universities (high research activity)
Student Services
  • Remedial services
  • Academic/career counseling service
  • Employment services for students
  • Placement services for completers
Religious Affiliation
  • Not applicable
Federal Aid
  • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Credit Accepted
  • Dual credit
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits

Estimated Student Expenses (Before Aid) 
Prices for Undergraduate Academic year

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2008-2009 2007-2008 2006-2007 2005-2006
Tuition and fees$0$0$30,972$29,755$28,650
Books and supplies$0$0$1,000$1,000$1,000
Living Arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$0$0$8,500$8,500$8,500
Off Campus
Room and board$0$0$10,143$10,143$10,143
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20092008-20092007-20082006-20072005-2006
On Campus$0$0$42,047$40,830$39,726
Off Campus$0$0$44,325$43,108$42,003
Off Campus with Family$0$0$34,182$32,965$31,860

Note: Expenses data applies to first time full time degree (or certificate) seeking students.
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