As a result of the sale of NYU’s Heights Campus and the closing of its School
of Engineering and Science, in 1973 NYUSES and the then-Polytechnic Institute
of Brooklyn (PIB), merged to form the Polytechnic Institute of New York (later
renamed Polytechnic University).
In 2004, NYU and Poly agreed to an exchange of graduate enrollments, and
had a set of very preliminary discussions about a merger between the two
In 2007, NYU and Poly revived the discussions.
In Aug. 2007:
o The Executive Committee of Poly’s Board of Trustees authorized Poly’s
leadership to continue discussions with NYU to create a framework for
affiliation and integration.
o A communication was sent to the NYU community from John Sexton
and David McLaughlin informing them of the renewed talks about a
In July 2008, Poly renamed itself the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, in
recognition of the formal affiliation between the two schools.
In Oct. 2012:
o The Board of Trustees of NYU and the Board of Trustees of NYU-Poly
voted for the institutions to undertake the final set of steps necessary to
complete the merger and make NYU-Poly NYU’s school of engineering.
o A communication was sent from Martin Lipton, Ralph Alexander, John
Sexton, and David McLaughlin to the NYU and NYU-Poly communities
informing them of this decision.
Key Issues Propelling Affiliation/Merger
• Strengthen its ability to recruit students with interest in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics from the culturally rich and ethnically diverse
student population of New York, the nation and around the world.
• Better prepare science, engineering and technology students, both
undergraduate and graduate, to compete in the global economy as
professional practitioners, inventors and entrepreneurs by integrating in-depth
engineering education with management, medicine, social...