University Neighborhood High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Business classes, Mandarin, free college classes

The Downside

No regular-sized gymnasium

Our Review

University Neighborhood High School is safe and well-run, and offers business classes, Mandarin and college classes. The school does a good job helping students master English, including Spanish-speakers and recent immigrants from China. Most students graduate on time.

The school has increased its Advanced Placement offerings over the years and now has half a dozen options, including in math, science, Mandarin and art. Seniors may take business, economics or English classes through Baruch College or LaGuardia Community College. All students major in dance, music or visual arts according to the school website.

Even though not all graduates go to college, the school wants to make sure those who do are well prepared. “I want all my students to know how to take notes, how to write reports,” said principal Elizabeth Collins in an article in DNAinfo.

University Neighborhood opened in September 1999 in what had originally been Manhattan's PS 31, a Lower East Side landmark built in 1902. Its name reflects the school's founding collaboration with New York University. (The high school has no connection to University Neighborhood Middle School, despite the similar names.)

The five-story Beaux Arts building features high ceilings, large windows and ample natural light, but also narrow hallways, a tiny library and no gymnasium (although it does have an indoor weight room and dance studio). A nearby park provides an athletic field.

Fights were common when Collins became principal in 2010, but she quickly brought order, and trimmed clubs and electives to concentrate on improving math, reading, writing and other core academics. A native of Poland and a former high school math teacher, she uses data to help identify areas in which students may need help. 

Graduates have been accepted to private schools such as Pace University, St. John's and Penn State, as well as SUNY colleges in Binghamton, Stony Brook, Buffalo and Albany.

ADMISSIONS: The school accepts students from throughout New York City. The Bilingual Mandarin program and University Neighborhood High School programs are screened. CTE Hospitality and Tourism is educational option, or “ed opt,” which is designed to attract a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 2018)

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
64% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
59% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs and Admissions

CTE Hospitality and Tourism
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

In addition to high school graduation requirements, students in this program are required to take eight additional courses in business, finance, marketing, tourism, and customer service and to participate in outside internships. Besides exploring new careers in hospitality and tourism, students learn skills needed for entry jobs that help them to support themselves while in college. Completion of the program leads to a CTE-endorsed diploma.

Bilingual Mandarin
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description

Students new to the country are taught by bilingual Mandarin-speaking teachers and get extra support through Academic Intervention Services before and after school as well as on Saturdays. Eligible students, if they choose, are included in our CTE Hospitality and Tourism or Early College program.

University Neighborhood Early College
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Through the University Neighborhood Early College program (UNEC), students can earn up to 24 tuition-free college credits from CUNY Baruch and LaGuardia Colleges. The program is designed for students interested in advancing their education towards college readiness as they work toward meeting high school graduation requirements. Students take College Now courses on the UNHS and college campuses after school and during the school day.


Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Handball

Girls PSAL teams

Bowling, Softball

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200 Monroe Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Lower East Side (District 1)
Trains: F to East Broadway; J, M, Z to Delancey St-Essex St
Buses: M14A, M14D, M15, M21, M22, M9, X14, X37, X38


Elizabeth Collins
Parent Coordinator
Haydee Rodriguez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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