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The New York Institute of Technology (also known as NYIT and New York Tech) is a private, co-educational college in New Yorkmarker in the USAmarker and is the birthplace of the 3D computer animation system. The college has three New York campuses, two on Long Islandmarker and one on the Upper West Sidemarker of Manhattanmarker, as well as global locations. The NYIT Computer Graphics Lab is listed in history as one of the top computer graphics research and development groups in the world.


The founders of NYIT, and in particular Dr. Alexander Schure, Ph.D., started the institute with the purpose of creating a career-oriented school that focused on giving students the training necessary to succeed in their chosen careers. NYIT began operations in 1955 at 500 Pacific Street in Brooklyn, N.Y. with only nine students. Schure also served as NYIT's first president.

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. This anxiety, in turn, generated another concern – fear that humanities studies would become overshadowed by an emphasis on science and engineering.

NYIT’s first administrators created a balance, a successful coexistence of career training and liberal arts education.

Leaders of the college took an early stand, committing NYIT to a policy of access. In addition to opening its doors to high school graduates who wanted to attend, NYIT created an extensive range of student services to help ensure the college’s success.

The career-focused mission of the school and its "access to opportunity policy" were well-received in the marketplace, resulting in rapid enrollment growth. 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 St. 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.
de Seversky Center, Old Westbury


NYIT comprises the following academic schools:


Old Westbury

The main campus of New York Institute of Technology is located in Old Westburymarker, NYmarker on the former estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney [75459]. 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.


Broadway Center, Manhattan
The Manhattanmarker campus is located between 60th and 61st streets and Broadway, adjacent to Columbus Circlemarker. The campus comprises four buildings: The Main Campus Building, Information Hall, The New Technology Building, and The Student Activities Building. This is NYIT's smallest campus, but it offers a full range of classes in all of NYIT's major schools and programs. Residential students have two dorm options for the Manhattan campus: The Riverside Terrace, a hotel on the Upper West Side, and The Clark Residence, a dorm in Brooklyn that NYIT shares with other schools, mainly Pace University and New York Universitymarker (NYU).
60th Street building

Central Islip

NYIT expanded to Central Islipmarker in 1984 after receiving land from New York State that was formerly home to the Central Islip Psychiatric Centermarker. 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. 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.
Kennedy Hall, Central Islip

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

Global Campuses

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

Student Media

On the Old Westbury campus, NYIT students produce the Campus Slate, the student run newspaper founded in 1966. WNYT, the campus radio station, was founded in 1965, and in 2005, the radio station began streaming live over the internet 24/7. Communication Arts students also produce LI News Tonight, a nightly news show broadcast live from its studios in Education Hall.

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.

WNYT Old Westbury

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.

As a campus club, WNYT is supported by the Student Government Association, with some additional funding coming from alumni and private donations. The majority of WNYT's funding currently comes from sources other than the Student Government Association. Its members take pride in their commitment to creating a professional environment where students can have a real-world “on-air” experience. They hold air shifts, learn production, handle engineering and enjoy an atmosphere that results in professional broadcasting careers and lifelong relationships.

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; and John Caracciolo, vice president and general manager of The Morey Organization’s gay radio group, to name only some of WNYT’s success stories.


Old Westbury

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 , 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


DiGamma Omega Xi Inc.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

  • Dennis Kodner, gerontologist
  • Zeeshan J. Shah, Digital Artist, Film Maker


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



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