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The University Heights campus was far more spacious than its predecessor was.
As a result, most of the university's operations along with the undergraduate College of Arts and Science and School of Engineering were housed there.
Some believe that it may have been chosen because violets are said to have grown abundantly in Washington Square and around the buttresses of the Old University Building.
Others argue that the color may have been adopted because the violet was the flower associated with Athens, the center of learning in ancient Greece.
Albert Gallatin, Secretary of Treasury under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, declared his intention to establish "in this immense and fast-growing city ...
a system of rational and practical education fitting and graciously opened to all".
In parallel to NYU's expansion in the early 1900s, the university similarly expanded vigorously in the early 2000s, becoming the largest private university in the United States with a combined undergraduate/graduate enrollment of over 59,000 students as of 2018.The torch is depicted on both the NYU seal and the more abstract NYU logo, designed in 1965 by renowned graphic designer Tom Geismar of the branding and design firm Chermayeff & Geismar.There are at least two versions of the possible origin of the university color, violet.A three-day-long "literary and scientific convention" held in City Hall in 1830 and attended by over 100 delegates debated the terms of a plan for a new university.These New Yorkers believed the city needed a university designed for young men who would be admitted based upon merit rather than birthright or social class.