From: New York Magazine
These numbers are so astonishing to me, I just want to quote them outright:
"NYU now has more than 40,000 students, making it the largest private university in the country."
“The city has more students in colleges and universities than Boston has people,” says Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
(This is from an article about "NYU 2031," the University's expansion and redevelopment plans.)