The New Ivies 2012 Page 4

These top 10 schools are the next generation of excellence

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

New York University

New York University

New York University is one of the most talked-about schools in the country, in part because it tends to attract young celebs like the Olsen twins, who recently attended for a couple of semesters. But, lately, the celebrity gossip has faded into the background while the university’s strong academics have taken center stage. Students call the education “world-class”, and it’s true – with the Tisch School of the Arts and the Stern School of Business leading the way, NYU’s profile has grown to the point where many consider it to be on par with that other top college only a subway ride away. That said, NYU has something that other top college does not, a location right in the heart of New York City. This provides a “challenging, adventure-filled and completely unique college experience.” Much like the city’s residents, the school’s undergrads are a mixed bag of personalities and backgrounds, and all have their own reasons for attending NYU. A junior psychology major writes, “I love that everyone is from everywhere. Freshman year, my neighbors were two Lebanese twins from Jersey. Sophomore year, they were two girls from Holland and Switzerland.” “If there were three tables in the dining hall, one would be packed with white frat kids in polos chatting obnoxiously about sorostitutes, one would be filled with vivacious Indian kids (with the token Asian kid and white kid), and the last one would be artistic, musical kids of all ethnicities wearing band t-shirts, rockin’ crazy hair and Converses.” With all of this diversity, there is one constant for undergrads: because of their surroundings, students enjoy a completely unique college experience as members of the NYU community. “You’re in the heart of the city, you get to explore great areas and have a college experience unlike (and, in my opinion, much better than) that of any other school.”