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New York University School of Social Work

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Type  Private
Dean  Lynn Videka
Phone  +1 212-998-5900
Founded  1960
Established  1960
Number of students  1,000
Location  New York City, New York, U.S.
Address  1 Washington Square N, New York, NY 10003, USA
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The New York University Silver School of Social Work provides social work education from undergraduate through doctoral levels.


About the school

Founded in 1960 as the NYU School of Social Work, the school was renamed the Silver School of Social Work in honor of NYU Alumni Constance and Martin Silver who, in 2007, pledged $50 million to the School of Social Work. This is the largest known donation to a school of social work in the history of the United States.

The school offers a comprehensive education in professional social work. The school has educational partnerships with over 600 public and non-profit agencies throughout the tri-state area. Students at the School of Social Work collectively provide more than one half-million hours of service each year through their field placements and volunteer work. The school's faculty are involved in a wide range of scholarly research initiatives, work with government and community-based agencies, and play key roles in major social work journals. Recently the school launched a new initiative; the "Zelda Foster Studies in Palliative and End-of-Life Care," a program named after the social worker most closely associated with the modern-day palliative care movement and a former teacher at the School of Social Work.

The School provides accredited programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, and serves as a major postgraduate training center for hundreds of practitioners in the New York region. The School’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is distinguished for its focus on clinical social work, and for the education of relationship-centered, reflective practitioners.

Research facilities

The Silver School of Social Work benefits from its access to NYU's research resources. Bobst Library at NYU is one of the largest open-stack research libraries in the nation, as it houses more than 3.3 million volumes, 20 thousand journals, and over 3.5 million microforms. The School itself is also home to Information for Practice, a globally focused website providing the latest news and emerging scholarship in the Social Work profession.

Main campus

The School's main facilities are located in the heart of NYU's Washington Square campus in Greenwich Village. The school's educational, extracurricular, and social hub is housed in three historic townhouses bordering Washington Square Park where students can meet with faculty, take classes, and access NYU's network of student services and administrative offices.

Satellite campuses

NYU Silver's MSW program is also available on the campuses of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County, New York; the College of Staten Island; and Sarah Lawrence College in Westchester County, New York.

Student organizations

The Graduate Student Association, or GSA, is the elected student organization for Masters students in the School of Social Work which acts as a liaison between the students and the administration and faculty of the Silver School of Social Work. GSA invites graduate students to bring feedback about the program, suggest events and come to them for direction and assistance. Similarly, the school houses an Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) and Doctoral Student Association (DSA) for undergraduate and PhD social work students, respectively. Organizations such as the Pi Pi Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, the Students of Color Collective, Chinese Student Union, Pride and Practice, Sustainable Silver, Gerontology Student Collective, Integrating Spirituality and Practice, Body Positive Silver, Silver Atheists, Agnostics, and Secular Humanists, Student Collective for Global Social Work, and U+ME are among the student-run organizations within the school.


New York University School of Social Work Wikipedia