New York University (NYU) Undergraduate
One hundred and seventy years ago, Albert Gallatin, the distinguished statesman who served as secretary of the treasury under President Thomas Jefferson, declared his intention to establish in this immense and fast-growing city a system of rational and practical education fitting for all and graciously open to all.
At that time, 1831, most students in American colleges and universities were members of the privileged classes. Albert Gallatin and the University's founding fathers planned NYU as a center of higher learning that would be open to all, regardless of national origin, religious beliefs, or social background.
While the Universitys commitment to these ideals remains unchanged, in many ways Albert Gallatin would scarcely recognize NYU today. From a student body of 158, enrollment has grown to nearly 40,000 students attending 14 schools and colleges at six different locations in Manhattan and in over 20 study-abroad countries around the world. Students come from many foreign countries. The faculty, which initially consisted of 14 professors (among them artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse), now totals over 3,100 full-time members.
The seal is composed of five emblems that embrace the goals and traditions of NYU. These include the NYU name and founding year. The motto perstare et praestare, to persevere and to excel, underscores the depiction of classic runners and, when combined, they represent the continued pursuit of academic excellence. Finally, there is the upheld torch of the Lady of the Harbor, which signifies NYU in service to the metropolis - New York City