The University Heights campus was far more spacious than its predecessor was.
As a result, most of the university's operations along with the undergraduate College of Arts and Science and School of Engineering were housed there.
Alumni include heads of state, royalty, eminent mathematicians, inventors, media figures, Olympic medalists, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and astronauts.
A three-day-long "literary and scientific convention" held in City Hall in 1830 and attended by over 100 delegates debated the terms of a plan for a new university.
These New Yorkers believed the city needed a university designed for young men who would be admitted based upon merit rather than birthright or social class.
Although the impetus to found a new school was partly a reaction by evangelical Presbyterians to what they perceived as the Episcopalianism of Columbia College, NYU had its Washington Square campus since its founding.
The university purchased a campus at University Heights in the Bronx because of overcrowding on the old campus.