Our History

Our History

1955: Provisional charter granted by the New York State Board of Regents to NYIT. First campus opens in New York City. Alexander Schure, Ph.D., Ed.D., is NYIT's first president.

1959: NYIT awards first degrees; “teaching machines” introduced in physics, electronics and mathematics.

1960: NYS Board of Regents grants provisional charter to operate as a four-year college.

1964: Carnegie Corp. provides grant to develop automated, self-instructional system to train engineering technicians.

1965: Long Island campus, formerly known as Old Westbury campus, opens on the former Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney estate.

1968: Federal government awards $3 million in grants to NYIT for computer research.

1970: Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools grants NYIT accreditation;  enrollment soars past 5,000; alumni association established.

1972: NYIT introduces first graduate-level program: Master’s in Business Administration.

1974: Computer Graphics Laboratory (CGL) opens at Long Island campus.

1976: New York City campus moves to current location at 61st Street and Broadway; CGL’s  Alvy Ray Smith develops eight-bit paint system to ease computer animation.

1977: Nelson A. Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger take part in College of Osteopathic Medicine’s opening.

1982: Matthew Schure, Ph.D., becomes NYIT’s second president; Center for Labor and Industrial Relations receives a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to develop a manager training program.

1983: LI News Tonight broadcasts its first show on cable television.

1984: NYIT launches its first "virtual campus," American Open University of NYIT.

1985: NYIT's "Starlink" allows computer conferencing between Long Island schoolchildren and students in Australia.

1990: The George and Gertrude Wisser Memorial Library opens at the Long Island campus.

1992: College of Osteopathic Medicine establishes first clinical campus, St. Barnabas Hospital.

1997: Men's lacrosse team wins the NCAA Division II national championship.

1998: NYIT's international program in China opens; College of Osteopathic Medicine opens the Adele Smithers Parkinson's Disease Center.

1999: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates speaks at NYIT and receives NYIT Presidential Medal.

2000: Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., becomes president of NYIT.

2002: NYIT installs East Coast’s fastest broadband connection; federal government awards $300,000 for new cyber security lab.

2003: Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccredits NYIT and commends continued improvements; Ellis College of NYIT launched; men's lacrosse team wins its second NCAA Division II championship.

2005: Men's lacrosse team wins its third NCAA Division II championship; NYIT students build solar-powered house for U.S. Solar Decathlon and place fifth out of 18 colleges. NYIT holds its first annual Energy Conference.

2006: NYIT and Tongji University initiate dual-degree master's program in human resources management; NYIT teams with tech giants Intel, Dell, Microsoft, and Adobe to design a technology training programs for educators; NYIT opens campus in Abu Dhabi;  Enrollment Services Centers (formerly Student Solutions Center) open in Long Island and New York City.

2007: NYIT-Nanjing undergraduate campus opens in China; NYIT again competes in Solar Decathlon sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy.

2008: Middle States Commission on Higher Education re-accredits NYIT; men's lacrosse team wins fourth NCAA DII championship; NYIT-Abu Dhabi is first American university licensed by U.A.E. Ministry of Education and Scientific Research;  NYIT hosts International Water Conference at the United Nations; Center for Global Health launched.

2009: NYIT Auditorium on Broadway debuts in New York City; U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration awards $1 million grant to College of Osteopathic Medicine.

2010:  NYIT receives $1 million grant from National Science Foundation for interdisciplinary research on cyber-enabled learning; first Cybersecurity Conference held; Google Apps and NYIT team up on K-12 educational initiative; Community Service Centers open at New York campuses.

2011: Center for Humanities and Culture opens in Nanjing; New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium of NYIT receives perfect score for reaccreditation by the American Osteopathic Association; College of Osteopathic Medicine opens new Family Health Care Center in Central Islip; National Institutes of Health awards NYIT $1.8 million grant to study the link between heart failure and thyroid disease.

2012: 1855 Broadway at NYIT-New York City named the Edward Guiliano Global Center; School of Architecture and Design is one of two U.S. universities invited to display student work at the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy.

2013: Women's basketball team earns the NYIT program's first national ranking from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association;  NSF awards NYIT a three-year grant to establish a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU); NYIT men's and women's tennis teams advance to the NCAA DII Tournament Round of 16 for the first time (repeat in 2014, 2015). NYIT hosts its first TEDx.

2014: As part of its EcoPartnership with Peking University, NYIT hosts Water-Energy Nexus conference in Beijing. Student Affairs launches Leadership Lecture Series.

2015: NYIT School of Management receives AACSB accreditation; $3.2 million Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center opened at NYIT-Long Island; NYIT holds 10th annual Energy Conference; NYIT and partner NUPT hold educational technology conference in Nanjing, China; NYIT and EcoPartner Peking University co-sponsor “Megacities” conference in Beijing.

2016: NYIT wins Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

2016: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine opens site at Arkansas State University.

2016: National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designate NYIT as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

2017: Hank Foley, Ph.D., named NYIT’s fourth president.