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private institution of higher learning in New York, New York, U.S., that includes 13 schools, colleges, and divisions at five major centres in the borough of Manhattan. It was founded in 1831 as the University of the City of New York, its school of law established in 1835 and its school of medicine in 1841. A graduate school of pedagogy was added in 1890, becoming an important centre for the teaching of education. The university's present name was adopted in 1894.