Considering the very small size of NYU Shanghai-the student body at maximum capacity will be just under 2000 students-this is a massive amount, and will put the endowment-per-student of NYU Shanghai at around $500,000 per student, which is higher than or equivalent to that of many top universities such as Brown, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, and Duke. This will allow the university to attract more quality faculty members and give competitive aid packages to attractive applicants, indicating that the future is bright for the freshly minted institution.
NYU's John Sexton has a history of success with fundraisers, and has overseen not just the rise of NYU's endowment to $ 3 Billion, but also the transformation of what was then a local commuter school, into a globally respected institution. He has, however, come into criticism for failing to sufficiently address NYU's issues with inadequate financial aid and student debt levels, which are among the highest in the United States. Part of the problem is NYU's relatively small endowment compared to its massive student body size, giving it only $75,000 of endowment funds per student.
This, however, is in stark contrast to the well funded and generous NYU campuses abroad, in particular NYU Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, and NYU Shanghai.
SOURCE: NYU Local