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New York Institute of Technology
Established 1955
Type Private
Endowment [1]
President Dr. Edward Guiliano
Faculty 256 full-time, 458 adjunct
Undergraduates 7,718
Postgraduates 5,162
Location Old Westbury, NY, USA
Campus Suburban
NCAA Division I, 1 team
Division II, 9 sports teams
Colors Blue and Gold          
Mascot Bear

The New York Institute of Technology (also known as NYIT and New York Tech) is a private, co-educational university located in New York. The university has three New York campuses, two on Long Island and one on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, as well as global locations.

NYIT has been consistently[2] ranked as a Tier I University[3] for Masters Colleges and Universities (North). New York Institute of Technology offers Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and First Professional degrees.

Its Carnegie Classification is Masters-Granting (Doctorate-Granting through New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of the New York Institute of Technology) "Research University", very high research activity[4]

It is the birthplace of the 3D computer animation system. The NYIT Computer Graphics Lab is listed in history as one of the top computer graphics research and development groups in the world.



In 1910, NYIT’s predecessor, New York Technical Institute, was licensed by the New York State Board of Regents. In 1955, NYIT opened under a provisional charter granted by the New York State Board of Regents to NYIT; its first campus opened at 500 Pacific Street in Brooklyn, N.Y.[5]

The founders of NYIT, and in particular, Alexander Schure, Ph.D.,[6] started the college with the purpose of creating a career-oriented school that focused on giving students the education necessary to succeed in their chosen careers. Schure later served as NYIT's first president.[6]

NYIT's first president, Alexander Schure, Ph.D., Ed.D

The function of higher education was highly debated at the time. There was growing concern that American schools and colleges were failing to meet critical national demands, particularly the need for scientists, engineers, and high-level technicians.[7] This anxiety, in turn, created a recursive concern; fear that humanities studies would be overshadowed by too much emphasis on science and engineering. NYIT's mission was to create a balance between science and engineering with a liberal arts education.

NYIT's mission resonated among industry and learners. By the 1958-1959 academic year, NYIT had more than 300 students and the time had come to expand its physical operations.

In April 1958, the college purchased the Pythian Temple at 135-145 W. 70th Street in Manhattan for its main center. NYIT’s Brooklyn building soon became home to the college’s division of general studies. The Manhattan building, adjacent to the planned Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, was an ornate 12-story structure with a columned entranceway. Built in 1929 at a cost of $2 million, it included among its features a huge 1,200-seat auditorium.

In 1958, NYIT sponsored the first National Technology Awards, created by Frederick Pittera, an organizer of international fairs, and a member of the NYIT Board of Trustees, to help raise funds for the NYIT science and technology laboratories. The awards, held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, were attended by several hundred guests, with entertainment provided by the U.S. Air Force Band. Senator Lyndon Johnson was the keynote speaker. His speech was broadcast nationally by the ABC Radio Network. Among the honorees were Dr. Werner von Braun and Major General Bernard Schriever, Commanding General of the Ballistic Air Command. Photos, Press Clippings and audio tapes of the event are on view at the Lyndon Johnson Library at Austin, Texas.

NYIT pioneered computers in the classrooms, it was the first to introduce “teaching machines” in the 1950's

NYIT’s faculty designed curricula to incorporate 'modern' technologies with teaching and applied academics. In 1959, NYIT introduced “teaching machines” for student instruction in physics, electronics and mathematics.[8] NYIT also pioneered the use of mainframes as a teaching tool. The institute received its first, donated by the CIT Financial Corporation, in 1965.

The curricula was successful enough that it received two grants totaling approximately $3 million from the federal government – one to develop a system of individualized learning through the use of computers; the other to develop a computer-based course in general physics for midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.[9]

NYIT was also a pioneer in 3-D computer animation. Before Pixar and Lucasfilm, there was NYIT’s Computer Graphics Lab (CGL)[10]. In 1974, NYIT’s Computer Graphics Lab (CGL) was established and attracted the likes of: Pixar Animation Studios President Edwin Catmull and co-founder Alvy Ray Smith; Walt Disney Feature Animation Chief Scientist Lance Joseph Williams; Dreamworks animator Hank Grebe; and Netscape and Silicon Graphics founder Jim Clark.[11]

In 1995, NYIT’s School of Engineering took first place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Air Road Rally. The student engineering team spent three years designing and building the high-performance hybrid electric car that beat out 43 other vehicles.[12]

In 2002, NYIT installed the fastest broadband network on the East Coast, connecting its three New York campuses.[13]

Today, NYIT is recognized as one of the top science and engineering schools[14] and now offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs, more than 50 graduate degree programs, and three medical degree programs across 9 campuses to approximately 16,000 students in academic areas such as architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions, behavioral, and life sciences; management; and osteopathic medicine; over half pursuing advanced degrees.[15]

NYIT's future can be characterized as a continuation and maturation of their original mission and was revealed during their 2009 State-of-the-Institution Address: Transformation Revealed, "We don't just prepare our students to succeed in professions that exist today. We prepare them for those that will exist in the future."[16]


NYIT comprises the following academic schools:

  • Architecture and Design. At Manhattan and Old Westbury; they offer undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture and interior design.
  • School of Education. At Manhattan, Old Westbury, and Central Islip; they offer undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education, instructional technology, and school counseling.
  • Engineering and Computing Sciences. At Manhattan, Old Westbury, and Central Islip; they offer undergraduate and graduate programs in electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, engineering management, environment and energy, technology, telecommunications.
  • Health Professions, Behavioral, and Life Sciences. At Old Westbury; they offer pre-med, pre-law/law (combined program), health sciences and nursing, therapy, counseling, and full medical degree programs.
  • Management. At Manhattan, Old Westbury, and Central Islip, Canada, China, Jordan, and Bahrain; they offer undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting, business administration, business education, hospitality, architecture and fine Arts (combination program with business administration), human resources, and labor relations.
  • College of Arts and Sciences. At Old Westbury, China, Jordan, Bahrain, and France (through L'Ecole Française alliance); they offer programs in advertising, graphic design, health sciences, life sciences, behavioral sciences, communication arts, English and speech, fine arts, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, physics, and law.
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM). At Old Westbury; they offer programs in medicine, neuroscience, biomedical science, and combined medical and business studies.



Old Westbury

Academic Quad, Old Westbury

The main campus of New York Institute of Technology is located in Old Westbury, NY on the former estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney [1]. Opened in 1963, this campus is not only the largest in the area, but also in student population. The Old Westbury campus houses the sports complex, administrative offices, as well as the de Seversky Center, a well-known party and event venue on Long Island. The Old Westbury campus is a commuter campus. Residential students live on the nearby State University of New York at Old Westbury campus. Old Westbury is also home to the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) which is NYIT's medical school.


The Manhattan campus is located between 60th and 61st streets and Broadway, adjacent to Columbus Circle, across from Central Park. This is NYIT's smallest campus, but it offers a full range of classes in all of NYIT's major schools and programs. However, the majority of students enroll in programs that concentrate in media, architecture and planning, and computer science and engineering.
The campus comprises four buildings:

  • The Main Campus Building
  • Information Hall
  • The New Technology Building
  • The Student Activities Building
Broadway Center, Manhattan

NYIT Manhattan campus is home to a number of student clubs and organizations such as the Allied Health Life Science Organization, Bear Hug Club, Student Nurses Association, Dance Club, American Medical Student Association, Student Programming Association, Society of Hosteurs, and American Institute for Architecture Students.

60th Street building

Residential students have two dorm options for the Manhattan campus: The Riverside Terrace, a hotel on the Upper West Side that offers single and double rooms supervised by full-time staff[17]; and The Clark Residence which offers brand double rooms supervised by full-time staff[18], in Brooklyn that NYIT shares with other schools, mainly Pace University and New York University (NYU).

Central Islip

The Centeral Islip campus is located between Carlton Avenue and East Suffolk Avenue near located on Suffolk County's south shore. NYIT expanded to Central Islip in 1984 after receiving land from New York State that was formerly home to the Central Islip Psychiatric Center. Smaller in size compared with Old Westbury, it was home to NYIT's dorms, a renowned Culinary Arts program, architecture studios, a student activity center, and a cafeteria.

Kennedy Hall, Central Islip

Because of the on campus dorms, the Central Islip campus became NYIT's residential campus, with intramural sports leagues, a bowling alley, swimming pool and other features. The majority of academic programs here now focus on electrical engineering and engineering technologies.[19]

The Central Islip campus was created in an effort to revitalize the poor economy of Central Islip, Long Island. After buying the land, NYIT transferred land to the state, some of which was turned into a sprawling courthouse complex, some of which was turned into a baseball stadium for the Long Island Ducks, and some of which was turned into housing.

However, the economic boost that both NYIT and the town leadership hoped for never came, and in 2005 NYIT removed almost all of its academic programs from Central Islip.

Besides engineering, only the culinary arts, hospitality management and Vocational Independence Program remain. Students who lived in the Central Islip dorms were moved to dorms to the State University of New York at Old Westbury, or to housing near the Manhattan Campus.

Global Campuses

NYIT's long-term strategic plan includes a goal for NYIT to be a global university by the year 2030. Within this global university, students will be able to move among campuses with complete internal transferability of credits and graduate with the same NYIT degree from any campus.[20]

In addition to its New York locations, NYIT has campuses in the following countries:


Solar Carports

In 2008, NYIT received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the relationship between electric vehicles and renewable energy charging stations. For a total cost of $250,000, NYIT was able to install two solar carports (one at its Old Westbury campus and one at its Central Islip campus), convert two Toyota Prius to plug-ins with extra battery capacity, and install data collection technology.[21] Each carport spans 4 parking spots, provides level 1 charging (110 volt) at each parking spot, and supports a 10 kW solar array.[22] EmPower Solar was hired to design and install the solar carports. According to EmPower's CTO Greg Sachs, "The size of the solar canopy produces enough energy annually to power an entire home."[23] Congressman Steve Israel who helped to secure the federal grant spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Central Islip carport. He said:

I'm proud to have worked with NYIT to make this innovative project happen. This is a great example of how alternative energy technologies can help us all go 'off the grid.' I look forward to the day when we're all using solar panels to charge our cars and light our homes.[24]

NYIT's research on electric vehicles, solar energy, and their resulting environmental and grid impacts continues in partnership with the Long Island Power Authority and the Electric Power Research Institute.[25] The study currently has NYIT Students participate in car-share program where they are able to drive the plug-in Priuses between their homes and the school campus. The school plans to expand particpation to faculty members as well.[26]


2002 US News Best Colleges ranked NYIT's School of Engineering 37th in the nation in its classification.[27]
2009 Architect Magazine ranked NYIT one of the top four Building Technology Schools in the United States.[28][29]
2009 Campus Safety survey ranked NYIT as the safest college in America.[30]
2010 US News Best Colleges ranked NYIT as a Tier I University in the Northeast.[31]


New York Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (entire college). NYIT's other schools and programs are accredited by their appropriate boards:

Student Media

Campus Slate

On the Old Westbury campus, NYIT students produce the Campus Slate, the student run newspaper founded in 1966. On the Manhattan campus, students produce the NYIT Chronicle, a student run newspaper founded in 2005. In Central Islip a small group of students started a school paper called "The Tunnel" based on the network of tunnels that interconnected many of the former hospital buildings. Lack of school administration support and funding made an end to the effort, but 5 or 6 issues were published out of the students' own pockets, and created quite a stir when they appeared all over campus using anonymous names before going public several issues later.

NYIT Magazine

NYIT Magazine is the official magazine of New York Institute of Technology.[34] It is authored and published by students featuring articles on current school events, university research, professor and alumni accomplishments. The magazine is published quarterly.


Radio station WNYT was formed as NYIT opened its Old Westbury campus in the mid-1960s, operating from studios located in Education Hall. The student-run station has alternately broadcast on campus via carrier current and closed circuit connections, and during the 1970s and early 1980s served as the audio for Cablevision’s on-screen program guide. Today WNYT is heard solely online, starting Internet-based programming via RealAudio internet streaming in November 2004. Plans are in place to create a podcast for each participating show, and to convert the stream format.

Over the past four decades WNYT has produced some of broadcasting’s bright stars, with alumni serving as disc jockeys, newscasters, engineers, television anchors and professional voice-over artists. Among the station’s former student members are:

  • Carol Silva ‘76, anchor, News12 Long Island
  • Jim Douglas ‘82, morning personality WKJY-FM
  • Donna Vaughan ’86,’87 News director, WALK-FM
  • Tracy Burgess ‘88 News editor, “Imus in the Morning”
  • Dennis Falcone ‘79 Nationally syndicated program producer Premiere Radio Networks
  • Maria Milito ‘83 Mid-day air personality, Q-104 Radio
  • Don Faithfull ‘80 Engineer, WABC-TV
  • Scotty Hart ‘92 Air personality, B-103 Radio
  • Frank DiMaulo ‘87 Audio engineer and editor, “As the World Turns”
  • Steve Singer ‘79 Audio engineer; NBC-TV
  • John Caracciolo, vice president and general manager of The Morey Organization’s

to name only some of WNYT’s success stories.


Old Westbury

NYIT Athletics Logo

With the exception of its baseball team, which plays in NCAA Division I independently until 2009 and will join the Great West Conference in 2010 [35], NYIT's athletic programs compete in NCAA Division II, and are members of the East Coast Conference (ECC). The teams are called the Bears, and the school colors are blue and gold. NYIT offers Men's Lacrosse, Men's and women's basketball, Softball, Men and Women's Cross Country Track, women's volleyball, and Men and Women's soccer. NYIT has had much athletic success. The men's basketball team reached the NCAA Division II Championship game in 1980. The Lacrosse team has won four national championships, in 1997, 2003, 2005 and 2008. The volleyball team reached the NCAA tournament every year from 2001-2006, and in 2005, the men's soccer team reached the 2005 NCAA Division II elite eight. As of 2006 there is a developing cheerleading program.

Manhattan Recreational Sports

With all of the NCAA teams located in Old Westbury, students on the Manhattan campus can participate in various recreational sports team. The Manhattan campus offers recreational sports teams in Men's Basketball, Men's and Women's soccer, Co-ed Volleyball, Co-ed Softball, and Co-ed Dodgeball. The recreational sports teams play in various leagues and in various gyms across New York City. The Men's basketball team has been the most successful, winning YMCA Vanderbilt league championships in 2005 and 2006.


NYIT has also produced some films during the years. Besides a few computer animated shorts, as well as the unfinished computer animated feature The Works, they added some work to the 1982 documentary Computers Are People, Too!. In 1975 they made their first and only animated feature, Tubby the Tuba.

Greek life


Tau Sigma Chi

Alpha Chi Rho

Tau Kappa Epsilon

Iota Nu Delta

Zeta Beta Tau

Delta Sigma Phi


Eta Chi Gamma

Zeta Phi Beta

Alpha Sigma Tau


DiGamma Omega Xi Inc.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

  • Dennis Kodner, Gerontologist
  • Zeeshan J. Shah, Digital Artist, Film Maker [
  • Professor Peter Voci, Fine Arts (featured on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet)[36]


  • Alexander Schure, Ph.D. - 1955-1982
  • Matthew Schure, Ph.D. - 1982-2000
  • Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. - 2000-


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