April 11, 2010
NYU Populates a Liberal-Arts Outpost in the Middle East
Lauren Lancaster for The Chronicle
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Rebekah King's friends in suburban Denver think she's nuts.
The high-school senior has just flown 8,000 miles to take a tour of New York University's new campus, in Abu Dhabi. Now she asks: Should she spend the next four years on the edge of the Arabian desert studying at a liberal-arts college that is not yet fully in operation?
"It's very different than Colorado here," she says, giggling at the absurdity of the comparison. "But I think that's what I want in college. That's